I like to recycle my pots of soil after the growing season. I have been using a plastic trash can to store and compost my potting soil, but it does not allow me to rotate the mix as I add organic material (leaves, grass clippings, etc.). I have seen several compost barrels on the Instructables site and wanted to make my own.
So ... here is my version.
Step 1: Concept
My project started off with an idea of what I wanted - a barrel to make it easier for me to compost and recycle my potting soil. But I wanted to use the materials I had on hand. I had a barrel, but it did not have a top or lid. I had lots of spare lumber. The only item I did not have were the rollers. I also wanted to not put any additional holes in my barrel. One was because I did not have any hinges to make a side hatch to access my barrel and I did not have the original top to cap off the end. I also wanted no side hatch or hole, because I might decide to recycle the barrel and turn it into a rain barrel later. So I came up with my current design.
List of Materials:
1/4 inch plywood
2x4 pressure treated timber of various lengths
4 small casters
Drill (for screwing and drilling pilot holes)
Phillips head screw driver
Saw (I had a table saw but any saw to cut wood with will work)
Total Cost of Project:
$8.50 for the casters - all other material was on hand or salvaged.