Sunday, June 10, 2012
I love making things out of junk and spare parts. I hate throwing things away, because you never know when you might need it. 8 years ago, we bought the smallest, cheapest human powered push reel mower. The axle didn't rotate inside of ball bearing rings, it rotated in bushings, it had plastic pinions, etc. I kept it going for as long as I could without investing too much time and money. When the handle broke, I bolted the bottom to a gardening stake, and attached the top of the handle to the stake with some old hose clamps. Eventually, though, it became unworkable, and unfixable without buying new parts, so I broke down and bought a new, better push reel mower. I took the old mower apart and cobbled together the handle, a crossbar, old bicycle wheels, and some scrap wood into this gardening cart. The rack and peanut steering is pretty sweet. I might fill it up with potting soil and make a portable plant box out of it, or maybe use it as an apple cart. Maybe I'll make a whirlygig or a windchime out of the old reel.