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Many people have wheelbarrow planters in their yard.  This wheelbarrow planter is smaller and fits on the top of the table.  It can be built with scraps of wood if desired.  I build mine out of popular but pine or cedar would also look nice.

You will need the following wood:

2 handles of 1/2” X 2” X 15” wood

1 5” dowel rod that is 3/4” or 1” in diameter

1 piece of wood that is 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 wide

1 bottom 1/2” X 6” X 8”

2 sides 5 1/2 X 6”

2 ends 8” X 6”


Start with the handles.  Tape the two pieces together and cut them as illustrated.  Drill a hole just big enough for your dowel rod in one end of both pieces.

Take the 4 1/2 x 4 1/2” piece of wood and cut out a 4” diameter wheel.

Put the wheel on the dowel rod and put it into the handles.  Splay the back of the handles out to 7” apart and nail on the bottom.  The front of the handles should be 5 inches apart.

Nail the front and back to the bottom of the wheelbarrow.  It is easier if you temporarily remove the wheel to work on this part.

Put the sides on the wheelbarrow.

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Replace the wheel on the dowel and your wheelbarrow planter is finished.




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