|This is the pinnacle wheelbarrow technology, the model to which we strive in this exercise. Photo credit: Mom.|
|We got an actual 8" axle bolt and a golf cart tire. Having a one-sided tire required that we get a spacer for the other side, which we got from the same place as the axle. We should have gotten the nuts there, too, because it turns out 5/8" ID fine-thread nuts are somewhat hard to come by. Home Depot and Lowe's don't carry them, and they're four times as expensive at Ace Hardware (as in like $1.40!) as they were online from OMB. Also, the original axle was a 1/2" bolt, while we could only find tires to fit 5/8" axles, so we had to drill out the supports. Apologies to any antique collectors who would have preferred us to keep it original. Oh yeah, it also snowed while we were waiting for the parts to come.|
We made the bumper from a piece of electrical conduit leftover from our row cover project. The biggest challenge of the project was figuring out how to bend it since the standard 3/4" conduit bender tool has too large a radius of curvature. We tried to approximate the tool by taking a log with a little larger radius than we needed and cutting a groove into it to bend the conduit around. It kind of worked, but there's obviously still some kinking. But, good enough!
|The 5/8" axle would be hard to fit through a 3/4" section of tubing, so we attached it to the body of the wheelbarrow and the front support brackets.|
|The finished product, a.k.a., the Dunebarrow.|
|Now it dumps wood chips like a boss. Just in time to clean out the chicken bedding!|
How have you modified your wheelbarrow? Do you know where to find wheelbarrows like the kind we had growing up? Let us know in the comments section below!