DIY Workshop – Rustic Wheelbarrow

Welcome to this episode of our DIY Workshop in partnership with other awesome bloggers and the Home Depot!

Today I am going to show you the seasonal Rustic Wheelbarrow that my wife and I have been working on.  This was a simple and fun project that can now be enjoyed around the house or given as a gift during the Fall season.  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE FALL!  The air is crisp, the coffee is ON and I love spending time in my brand new shop that I am slowly moving into.  This is the perfect project to get ready for this awesome season!

Rustic Wheelbarrow


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Before we dig into this project, I wanted to remind you that DIY workshops are held in Home Depot stores all around the country and are designed to give you a hands on class where you can learn to build fun projects.  It is a super cool deal, and the next workshop is coming up and like I said earlier, this one is very easy to build!

If you are wondering about these workshops or have never heard of them before here are some details.

  • The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.
  • There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.
  • Customers can learn how to build decor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions
  • Visit to learn more

Go get registered for the Rustic Wheelbarrow Project so you can enjoy making something for the Fall! The NEXT one is on Thursday, September 15!  Just click a link below:

Click HERE to register for the Rustic Wheelbarrow Project

Ok so lets dig in to how I made my DIY Rustic Wheelbarrow…

Tools Used

  • Miter Saw
  • Orbital Sander
  • Drill philips driver bit
  • Drill with counter sink bit
  • Jig Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Bench top Drill Press
  • Belt Sander


  • (1) – 2’ x 4’ Oak Plywood
  • (1) – 2” x 8” x 8’ Pine
  • (1) – 1” x 3” x 8’ Furring Strip
  • (1) – 1” x 4” x 8’ Furring Strip
  • (1) – 2” x 2” x 8’ Furring Strip
  • (1) – 1 ½ “ x  2’ Dowel Rod
  • Wood Glue
  • 1 ½ nail gun nails
  • (6) 1 inch wood screws
  • (4) 1 ½ wood screws
  • 1 ½ forsner bit
  • Pencil
  • Paint Can/String/Bowl/Circular Object (anything to help make a circle)
  • Stain
  • Pumpkins 🙂

Rustic Wheelbarrow

Click the image for a free download of the project plans!



Rustic Wheelbarrow

I started out by laying out the furring strips to make my own crate.


Rustic Wheelbarrow

I cut them down to size using the miter saw.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

Tip:  I like to use my last cut board to measure up the remaining boards that will all be the same size.  If you have multiple boards, you can lay 3 boards together and make one cut so that all of them are the same size.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

My wife joined me in the shop for a bit to make some cuts.  Even though she is pregnant, she still wanted to help out!

Rustic Wheelbarrow

Next she laid out the pieces to prepare for the sides.


Rustic Wheelbarrow

Rustic Wheelbarrow

My wife then measured the plywood for the sides and made the cuts.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

All laid out and good to go! Next up, sanding with the orbital sander.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

We then assembled the box/crate using glue and the nail gun.

Rustic Wheelbarrow
Rustic Wheelbarrow

Rustic Wheelbarrow

That crate is looking good!

Rustic Wheelbarrow

Quick cut on the dowel rod to make the axle for the wheel.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

I took the 2 x 8 x 8 and cut it down to a manageable size and marked a center line.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

I then spotted a gallon paint bucket and made a perfect circle. Awesome!

Rustic Wheelbarrow

Busted out the jig saw and made my cut.  It wasn’t the easiest, but it worked.



Rustic Wheelbarrow

Had my little helper catch the circle when I popped it out!


Rustic Wheelbarrow

Quick pass on the belt sander to smooth it up.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

I used my 1 ½ inch forsner bit on my bench top drill press to make the hole.  If you don’t have a set of these, I highly recommend them! Click HERE to buy the set I have!

Rustic Wheelbarrow



Rustic Wheelbarrow

Now we have a crate, an axel and a wheel! There is also a solid unintentional advertisement for DeWalt and a Glubot!


Rustic Wheelbarrow

Next up is to cut both the runners to 36″ length.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

This is when I decided to go the extra mile.  I marked where the axel would go and lined up the runners.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

Rustic Wheelbarrow

I then traced a line for about a 10 degree angle so that the axel would fit flush on the ends of my runners. I made my cuts and it was a perfect fit!

Rustic Wheelbarrow

Started the screws and laid it on top of the crate.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

Don’t forget to insert the wheel before you screw the second one on! lolzz

Rustic Wheelbarrow

To attach the runners to the bottom of the crate, I first drilled a pilot hole with one of my countersink bits.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

If you don’t have a few of these, you HAVE to get a set.  They are a GAME CHANGER! The ones shown are rockler and I love them.  Click HERE to order some. They aren’t cheap but they are WORTH it.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

Next up I cut the legs.  Easy peasy.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

Kablamo! All put together.  I screwed the legs on by screwing the crate down to the runners.  On this project I don’t mind the screws showing.  I also counter sunk the holes first so they wouldn’t stick out.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

I then moved the project inside so we could stain it.

Rustic Wheelbarrow

When I stain I like to use a stain sponge.  It works really well to get in those nooks and crannies!

Rustic Wheelbarrow

The color I used was Rustoleum Weathered Grey.  Click HERE to check it out.


Rustic Wheelbarrow

And there it is! All finished and ready for Fall.


Rustic Wheelbarrow
Rustic Wheelbarrow



Rustic Wheelbarrow

And definitely kid approved! My girls love carting around things in the yard.



Also don’t forget I am not the only one who made a Rustic Wheelbarrow.  Make sure you check out these other DIY Bloggers to see their awesome work and get ideas!



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The Chronicles of Home

House of Wood

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The Home I Have Made

Chatfield Court

Homemade By Carmona

My Love 2 Create

Place of My Taste

DIY Huntress

UnCookie Cutter

Sawdust 2 Stitches

Cozy Little House

Love of Home

Duke Manor Farm

Field Treasure Design

Tinsel and Wheat

That’s My Letter

Build Basic

Addicted 2 DIY

Build Craft Love

Averie Lane



Don’t forget to click HERE to register for the Rustic Wheelbarrow Project at your local Home Depot on Thursday, September 15.


I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program (the “Program”).  As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot.  All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.  My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Codes and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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