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Mini wheelbarrow planter for succulents

Jamespeter100
Experienced Contributor

Mini wheelbarrow planter for succulents

Staying at home, and didn’t want to go out to the cold shed to make something. So, I thought if desktop woodwork. Used the washing machine when glueing. 

 Making a succulent wheelbarrow, using ice cream sticks. 

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 Have - Echeveria elegans

Echeveria prolifica

ruby necklace 

string of pearls

string of watermelon 

 

 

 

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 The use of tooth pics serving as pins, is a method used for building radio controlled aircraft. In the picture just above, it’s important to think one step ahead. To have the wheel true, need to make sure the axial is square. Drilling the holes fit the axial after glueing is harder. When making the sides, don’t want two left hand sides nor two left hand sides. Like with radio control planes, don’t want two wings for the same side.

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 For the wheel, a Bunnings hole saw. Could have used tooth pics to form spokes, but wanted something for a post today. The centre of the hole saw is wider than a tooth pic, so several were used to build up the hole around a central tooth pic. When glueing, be sure not to glue the central tooth pic in place. Otherwise, two things, can’t mount the wheel in the model, nor will the wheel spin. 

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 at Bunnings they sell Echeveria elegans. Here I cut off the little ones sprouting out around the bottom.

Will need ice cream sticks, tooth picks, Bunnings superglue, some secateurs, some foam to put tooth pics in to hold the sides, when applying glue . 



StevieB
Projects Editor
Projects Editor

Re: Desktop woodwork/gardening.

Wonderful, as always @Jamespeter100. This is such a fun little project that members can make for their desk or windowsill.

 

Thanks for sharing your sketches and list of materials too so that community members can easily replicate your project.

 

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redracer01
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Re: Mini wheelbarrow planter for succulents

Hello @Jamespeter100 

 

That is an inspired creation! I've always wondered if it was possible to do and how small should you make it. I'm sure you will get a lot of questions about your diy build. Thank you for sharing your creation with the community. We look forward to seeing your future projects here on workshop. 

 

Cheers, 

Red


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Jamespeter100
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Re: Desktop woodwork/gardening.

Making a wheel with spokes, see the one on the right. 

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 Here, Bunnings dowel that’s 16mm diameter, fits snugly is a hole drilled with a Bunnings spade bit. This dowel forms the axle. A drill purchased at Bunnings with a bit the same width as a tooth pic, is inserted into a pilot hole.  This means the axle doesn’t move, and the drill bit drills a hole with out the bit moving all over the place. The drill is removed, the dowel pushed out, and rotated 1/8 of a circle.  Which is 2*pi/8 radians, or pi/4 radians. 

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 tooth picks inserted. The rim was made by using a hole saw purchased at Bunnings that has multiple sizes. 

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 Mark’s are drawn on the spokes and cut with secateurs. 

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MitchellMc
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Re: Desktop woodwork/gardening.

What a nifty way to create a mini spoked wheel @Jamespeter100. It certainly takes the guesswork out of the spoke location. I love your mini wheelbarrow and the attention to detail.

 

Many thanks for sharing.

 

Mitchell

 

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Jamespeter100
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Re: Desktop woodwork/gardening.

 

On the weekend, I visited my local, my local Bunnings cafe for a pie and a coffee. Well well, I noticed the little sticks for stirring the coffee.  Now with school holidays coming in up, children may also like to make a little wheel barrow using the coffee stirring sticks.  Some pictures. 

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 A pin has been included to show the relative size. Of course I had my gardeners plant up the wheelbarrows with succulents.

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 Using pins to hold the sticks together. 

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 Using pins to hold the sides in place.

 

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 Upside down for the base.

 

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 Best to mount the handles/wheel axle and wheel all at once. The wheel was cut out using a 22mm spade bit. Didn’t find a hole saw that could do a small diameter of 22mm. Didn’t worry about spokes on a small wheel. 

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 The main component of the little wheelbarrow, a Bunnings cafe stirring stick.

 

 

 

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MitchellMc
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Re: Desktop woodwork/gardening.

Hi @Jamespeter100,

 

How crafty is that! I'll pass this on to our in-store activities team as I know they are currently looking for more craft ideas for kids at our cafes. I'm sure they'll love it!

 

Mitchell

 

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