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PalletCart 6: What the Romans did for Us


In a coffee shop in Cirencester, The Snail and I rested our weary limbs having just climbed up to the amphitheatre then down again. On the wall of this emporium of drink was a clearly highly accurate painting of Romans doing what they did, on their way into the East Gate of Cirencester.

And what do we find in the bottom right corner?

An early PalletCart (cartus ab palletae) but with one major design flaw.

It isn’t purple.



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PalletCart 5 -Thats a Load Off, er, On

Here are a couple of pictures of PalletCart hard at work:


A Happy Snail in the rain moving compost

These are plastic bottles (reused, of course!) we fill with rainwater to flush the toilet. I tried using PalletCart to move them to our IBC. Empty, they all fell off because the path is so bumpy. Full and it was like an It’s a Knockout game, where we had played our joker (if you remember such things) – water everywhere. Oh well…


Not so good for empty (or full) water bottles

Amazingly, Palletcart is unbroken after these flagrant attempts to use it. We’ll see how long it lasts…


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PalletCart 4 – Paint My Wagon


Me and My Favourite Tool

I was going to take the whole thing apart, sand down everything, paint all the components individually and then put the whole thing back together again. Then I remembered that I never used to do that with Airfix kits so why should I start now? Actually, I was more concerned that, having taken PalletCart apart, either a) it wouldn’t fit back together, b) I would run out of swear words during the reconstruction and have to abandon the project forever or c) I would break the run of posts where no DIY-related injuries occurred.

None of these risks was worth taking so I sanded down and painted PalletCart in its completed state.

I used the Farrow and Ball primer and external paint that I used for the Palletable because it’s a nice colour, a good eco-friendly product and because there was some left.


Prime of the Century



Primed and Ready

After two coats of the Pelt-coloured paint, PalletCart was properly dressed and ready for use. The Snail tied some rope around it so that it could be pulled around and then promptly used it to move bags of compost. It did not break. I could’ve cried. Instead I opened a bottle of wine and treated myself to a new straw.


Completed! Purple PalletCart



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PalletCart 3 – When will it End?


The Story so far…

In the beginning, there was a pallet, minding its own business, going about the World doing pallety things. There were also wheels and a maniac with a saw. Now, the Universe conspired to bring all these elements together, much the way it unites supermassive suns with gravity to form black holes. Before anyone could shout (for no readily-apparent reason) “Hawking radiation”, there was a sliced pallet fitted with two wheels of dubious origin. The Universe sat back and took the rest of the day off.


The Axle of Evil (well, it was quite naughty)

The first thing to go ‘wrong’ with this phase of the construction was that I could not remove one of the nuts from the end of the axle. I soaked both ends in WD40 overnight, but only one did the decent thing and came off. I think the other had achieved enlightenment and become one with its surroundings. Oh well, it shouldn’t really affect anything except I did want to replace those nuts with shiny new ones (insert rusty nuts joke here, if you must).


A gouge, er, I mean a channel cut in one of the axle brackets

Although it means PalletCart will be like many politicians and not quite on the level, mounting the axle on the topside of the lower strut should make it easier to construct and certainly sound more professional. I mean, come on, “top side of the lower strut”? It sounds like it means something.

By cutting channels just deep enough to house the axle, I was then able to fix it to PalletCart relatively easily. The issue was that, because I don’t own a router of the tool kind (rather than the broadband kind, pronounced differently I believe), I had to improvise with a drill. If you work in Health and Safety, it’s probably best you don’t dwell on my working practice here. Let’s just say the channels were cut and no fingers were lost. That makes two posts in a row.


Axle bracket proudly held in place with two (no, they aren’t really protruding from the top) screws

The spacers I used to hold the wheels away from each other and the chassis were pieces of garden hose, cunningly cut to the right length (and by that, I mean, continually removed and trimmed until everything fitted and I had run out of swear words).


Ready for a load test

Gulp! Now PalletCart was ready for its first load test. And what better load to use than two pups? Well, almost anything else but hey, you use what you have to hand, so:



Amazingly, it didn’t break! I also tried a bag of compost on it and pushed it up and down over the rough path that runs along by the raised beds. The number of pieces at the end was still the same as at the beginning. It could even take the weight of the old fish box which is full of soil and lettuces (although I doubt the weight of the latter is particularly significant).

I retired for the day to consider what colour to paint it. That was the next task – what could possibly go wrong?


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PalletCart 2 – It Continues


Completed! OK, not really. But you can pretend the bits are actually fitted in place.

The story so far: someone (me) drew a plan of a thing (PalletCart) and then had to lie down to take the weight off his brain (his arse). Thrilling, yes? Compared to some of the stuff that passes for entertainment (“The Man with a Face for a Face”, for example, which must be real since it is on the internet), I am tempted to write a screenplay for it. Anyway…

The first issue to overcome was that a standard pallet is just too wide for the path so I resorted to using a Jigsaw on a Sunny Day – which should be our Eurovision Song this year but for the fact that a) nothing sensible rhymes with jigsaw, b) nothing silly rhymes with jigsaw and c) I have only just thought of it. *Sigh* Another near brush with fame. Oh well, I managed to slice the pallet to the correct width and still have the same number of fingers at the end as at the beginning. This can be considered progress, believe me.


The Chassis (with the leftover bit of pallet waiting for a second chance)

In fact, I had to slice the pallet in half lengthways too after The Snail suggested that PalletCart might be unwieldy with such a long chassis. That was the following day which was less sunny so I resorted to an old-fashioned saw for that operation.

I needed chocolate afterwards to replace the sugar I lost with all that exertion. Plus, I really craved chocolate.

Next then, was to fit the two old wheels I had bought from a junk shop a few days before. Their acquisition was one of those times when the Universe appeared to guide things along. Our little car (“TinyCar” to its friends) needed a new tyre (well, two as it turned out) so The Snail and I headed to our nearest metropolis (Population: more than our town hence the metropolis tag). The tyre place is just up the road and round the corner from our favourite Organic Food Shop (hyphenation would tell you which is organic, the food or the shop, but let’s not go all Lynne Truss now). And between the two? A junk shop (no hyphens, they were out of stock).

On the wall outside this emporium of abandoned goods were a few sets of old, rusty wheels, from, let’s say, Roman Chariots. We can say it, but it would be wrong (probably). I think the two I acquired for the princely sum of £5 were from a ride-on lawnmower. Or maybe Bodicca’s transport (but with the knives removed).



A Hole lot of grief


A Spanner in the works – but in a good way

Fitting these involved cutting a wooden block to fix to the chassis that would hold the wheels and then drilling a slightly complicated hole. It had to be big enough to allow the axle through but small enough on both sides so that the retaining nuts would fit. It took some finagling and a bit of swearing*. The profile of the hole was this:


A (not-at-all) Technical Drawing (scribble)

After much drilling and general wood-mangling, I managed to fit the two loose wheels onto the chassis. Refreshingly, they didn’t collapse under their own weight.

And what went wrong? Well, I failed to notice that the wooden slat on one side did not stick up as much as the one on the other so the axle block (sounds posh, doesn’t it?) has nothing to screw into. Cue more swearing. The ‘extra’ bit is an off-cut from a bath panel. This is the bit I expect to break first!


The very definition of the word “Bodge”

Next up: the two wheels that are fancy and come with their own axle. Ooh, hark at them, aren’t they posh!?! Well, no, they came from something that neither myself nor The Snail can recall but they were lying around the garden doing nothing so were perfect for the project.

Fitting a (slightly) bendy axle and plastic wheels onto the chassis – what could possibly go wrong?


Two Wheels on my Wagon


* A LOT of swearing.


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