We all know that compost is good for the garden; we also know that it is a pain to maintain and can smell pretty nasty if not done properly. I have done a little investigation into composting methods and contraptions and I present here my take on the subject. One of the main requirements that I wanted from my compost was that I wanted to be able to get a small and somewhat "clean" amount of compost out whenever I needed it. It also needed to be clean and not take up much room and generally be easy to maintain. My answer to all of this was to keep in an easily spin-able trashcan that had an integrated sifter so that I could easily gather the plant-ready compost without dodging dead fruits and vegetables.
Step 1: Gather the stuff
I would have really liked to reuse a trash can but i couldn't find one after looking (passively) for about a month. I finally figured that 3-4 hours of driving around town looking for a used and available trash can would have been more expensive (in gas) and worse on the environment then just baying a new one from the big orange box (home depot).
3-4 small wheels (with stationary axis)
hardware cloth (wire mesh)
the "duct tape" of the fastener world: drywall screws
finishing nail (yes, just one)
Drill with user-defined bits and 1/4" bit
Dikes (wire cutters) or tin snips
Hammer...for the one nail
Step 2: Build the spinner
I started with the harder step because I happen to have the room in the garage when i started this project:
Build the stand that will spin the can (much easier than kicking it down the stairs or chasing it down the street!)
First build something that looks like a 3-wheel creeper. (4 wheels would really be better but I was trying to minimize my budget)
Next add a small lip on one side of this "creeper" so that it now looks like a hand truck with the wheels on the wrong side.