How to Make a Log Trolley

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How to Make a Log Trolley
A log trolley makes it easier to transport firewood. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

If you need to gather logs for your fireplace or for cooking, a log trolley will help you transport pieces of logs to your home. You can also use the log trolley as a container for your logs, and you can leave it right beside your fireplace or outdoor shed. If you cannot find a log trolley in town, you should try to make your own.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Rotary saw
  • Aluminium plates or galvanised steel sheets
  • Arc welding machine
  • Protective gloves
  • Face mask
  • Four pieces of 3-inch iron pipes
  • Four, 6-inch trolley wheels
  • Two steel pins with bolts

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sketch the design plan. Include a pair of rear wheels, two feet at the front to level the trolley, a spacious basket, and handles for moving the trolley. A typical log trolley will be 2 feet by 2 1/2 feet by 3 1/2 feet. Modify the basic dimensions if you want a larger or smaller or wider trolley.

  2. 2

    Cut out the sides and rear of the basket for the trolley from the aluminium or steel sheets using a rotary saw. Thicker sheets are more expensive, but do not need reinforcement.

  3. 3

    Weld the parts together using the arc welder. Wear protective gloves and a tinted face mask to protect you from the sparks from the arc welding machine.

  4. 4

    Assemble handles from pieces of iron pipe that are at least 5 inches long. Weld two pipes together so they form a 90-degree angle. Attach the formed angle pieces to the ends of the upper edge of the basket. Weld the other two pipes in the same manner and attach them to the other end of the upper edge of the basket.

  5. 5

    Bolt a steel pin on the bottom edge of the side of the trolley. The bolt should be large enough to support the weight of the basket and small enough to fit into a 6-inch trolley wheel. The pin should be approximately 3 inches from the back corners. Insert the trolley wheel and attach a use a nut to keep the wheel in place. Repeat for the other side. Weld 3-inch iron pipes on the two front corners to make feet to stabilise the trolley.

Tips and warnings

  • Arc welding machines can be rented from construction companies and hardware stores.

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