I wrote yesterday.....
I slowly had to give up looking after my mushroom farm under the house. It's been so cold lately, with cold weather I seem to have more aches and pains....and after crawling around under the unit on my knees...I'm useless for the rest of the day....so I needed to come up with a plan....there must be an easier way to get around under there....so I made myself a scooter or a trolley to get around.
When I go to garage sales, I like to collect jars of screws, bolts and other bits and pieces...I then bring them home and sort them out....We have many tubs with all sorts of odds and ends....The beauty of this is that I hardly ever need to buy those types of things brand new.....Screws, Nuts and Bolts are all so expensive....
I suppose you could even say that these tubs are part of our stockpile.
The best trolley is made with two swivel wheels in the front for the steer....and two fixed wheels for the back....I already had two swivel wheels (brand new still in plastic from a garage sale)....and yes I did need to go to Bunnings for two fixed wheels. At least I didn't need to buy all four though.
|One of about 10 tubs of screws, nuts & bolts...|
all sourced second hand
- are they short enough that they wont go straight through the timber?
- If you don't have any screws short enough, but you have heaps of washers.....you could stack the washers to make up the difference in length....It's not pretty, but for a trolley...they are underneath and can't be seen anyway....
- When screwing into timber, it is wise to drill pilot holes first...this helps the thread of the screw bite into the timber without splitting it. For a pilot hole, I always try to go with a drill bit half the size of the screw being used.
- So you don't have to worry about keeping the wheel base straight while screwing it in place..I always recommend screwing them all in to nearly tight first......then once you have all the screws established.....then line up the base plate and screw it down tightly.
- Decide on which will be the front and the rear of the trolley...Use swivel wheels for the front steer....if you use swivel on all four...it will be difficult to steer, especially on uneven ground.
|A basic kitchen door handle...sourced second hand.|
- Notice the notches in the screws supplied with the door handle....
- Screw the screw into the handle...and line it up with the timber, this will help to know how many notches to remove...
- Using a pair of pliers, bend the section back and forth until the bit breaks off....check again with the thickness of the timber....When the handle sits flush with the timber...it is the correct length.
- For these, you need to drill a hole all the way through the timber as the screw is being screwed into the handle and not into the timber...the drill bit size is determined by one or two sizes bigger than the screw.
|You can follow this for putting this type of handle on almost anything.|
- You can make this trolley to any size...this one is huge with heavy duty wheels, but a smaller square one is great for placing a heavy pot on if you move it around regularly.....and I think you can get the smaller wheels for a song at cheap stores too.
- Maybe you would like to make one to sit your solar oven on...making it easier to follow the sun...(if you have one that needs to be moved)
Do you have a trolley similar to this? Would you have a go at making your own? What else could you use a trolley like this for?