UPDATE: There was some concern that the compost mass would be excessive (someone estimated 300 pounds). Currently, the cylinder is full with composting leaves and kitchen discards and it weighs roughly 35-50 pounds.
Step 1: Materials/Tools List
2-Plywood 2' X 2' (This will be cut into a circle Radius= ???)
Fence wire 3' X 62 (Try to use a fine mesh--mine is ~1/4")
1--2 X 4 X 92-5/8"
1--1 X 4 X 48"
PVC 3/4" X ~35"
Nails, staples, glue
NOTE: I will update this soon with more specific info
Step 2: Stage Materials
--Cut the plywood into a circle with 10 1/2" radius. (Try not to notice that my circle cut was a little lopsided :)
--Cut 2--2 X 4 to 26"
--Cut 2--1 X 4 to 24"
--Cut PVC to 35"
The wire mesh I used was 3 feet wide and ~62" long.
The crossbeam that goes over the hub should be cut to size based on the size of your drum.
If you are going to use a pan to catch compost that falls thru the wire mesh then increase the height of the 2 X 4. Then adjust the hole in the 2 X 4 so that the drum is higher off the ground, allowing more clearance.
NOTE: I will add more details (e.g. dimensions) soon.
Step 3: Build Stand
(refer to photo)
Step 4: Create Drum Section
Staple wire to round cut plywood.
Measure the size for the cross beam and nail/glue it to the vertical supports.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
NOTE: I am working thru how to do this step. PLEASE chime in if you have ideas.
Step 6: Using the Composter
Here is a list of basic compostable material:
--vegetable and fruit peels and clippings
DO NOT ADD...meat, dairy products, metal, slow composting matter
Make sure to rotate the compost using the attached arm. Also, make sure to keep the compost moist.