We always fancied one of these, so three years later I was persuaded to have a go, I wanted to get the wheel right first before attempting the project. After guidance from an old wheelwright I eventually got one right.
The project so far is almost done bar a few pieces of the puzzle that is an American style Barrow from the mid 1800′s, it has a unique ability to become a flat cart as well by removing the side panels.
She began life from a dead standing tree destined for firewood, it is Manchurian Walnut that I got about 6 years ago and had in store at a friends barn, now fully air dried, I cut out the main limbs and cross braces, creating through tenon’s on the pillar drill using a spur tipped bit method, then cleaning out the waste by hand.
Tenon drilled ready for final cleaning out.
Fitting the tenons.
Tenons cut by hand for a nice snug fit.
Showing through glued and wedged.
Tenon’s created, I glued and wedge the main frame and created the handle shape by rounding of the corners for comfort.
Next stage was to build the fore end frame and stays, they consist of a top rail that has four uprights that fit either side of the main frame for the side boards to slide between later.
The front board frame, which is fastened together using through dowels and wedges again for strength.
The uprights will be wedged and trimmed flat afterwards, creating a solid framework.
The wheel now built and fitted using some pressed steel pillow blocks at a fiver each give things a firm and smooth run.
Nearly there, only the wheel tyre to fit and the leg stays, side boards and clamps and she will be full of gardening gear and hard at work.
We have our own plans available for those who are interested in having a go at making one of these, cutting list and parts needed, and if you follow the wheel making program I have shown you will have your own barrow.
Leg cross bracing turned on either end with chair socket & pockets.
Leg fastening, just the braces left to fit.
Front frame uprights glued and wedged in place, also showing frame braces.
The pressed steel pillow block bearings in situ, the front bolt goes clean through the main shaft and retains the front support, the rear fastener is a coach bolt so far into the shaft.
Side board staple and removable side to convert the barrow into a flat truck for those awkward bulky items.
Inside view of the hopper which is around 4 square feet capacity.
Final make up, just the tire to fit.
One of the side boards removed and showing the front boards