Compost Tumbler




this compost tumbler is portable it is also my first instructable

Step 1: Get a Barrel

find a barrel with a lid you can get one at

Step 2: Get Tools a Materials

- barrel
- plywood about the size of the barrel
- 3 sets of skateboard wheels
- 2 L brackets
- a handle
- 2 small blocks of wood bigger then the wheels
- peice of wood the weight of the barrel

- drill (an electric/corded drill works best for this job)
- 3/8" and 1" drill bits
- screws

Step 3: Drill Holes

with you drill make hole thoughout the whole barrel

Step 4: Put Wheels On

drill on set of the wheels on bottom to one end

Step 5: Tumbler Wheels

With the other wheels put them in the middle of the plywood on the other side about a foot and a half apart

Step 6: Handle

put the handle on the same side that has the 2 sets of wheels but the other end of the wheels on bottom

Step 7: Back of Wood

put the wood that is the height of the barrel on the same side as handle but other end

Step 8: Blocks of Wood

put them on same side as the one set of wheels but to the other end and spread them apart

Step 9: Put Barrel On

now put the barrel on the wheels and you are done



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    13 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    The one thing of upmost importance that I found missing was the loading door. To take the screw top lid off of the barrel would be way to awkward in muy opinion, and so I think the a carefully planned door by cutting out a section of the side, would be needed. Otherwise, this is a brilliant Instructable. I have kept away from making rolling composters, because of the idea of having an axle through the middle. I would also have a collector tray underneath bacuase the nutrients from that would be good for plants, or simply poured back through the composter. I agree, this is the best idea use of a skateboard yet. LOL


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I like the thoughts in your design; however, I think it may be difficult to execute when composting.  First, the oddly shaped barrel will most likely not stay balanced on a single pair of wheels as the compost shifts inside the barrel when turning.  A barrel shaped more like a complete column with two sets of wheels has always worked for me.  Second, I really like the idea of moving the compost to where it is needed, but bigger/stronger wheels will be needed  to roll over the lawn or garden paths.  I have made several compost tumblers with the external wheels like your design and I may add the movability design in my next construction.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    It would probably begin to leak smelly water as well through the air holes. An outside composter IMHO.


    9 years ago on Step 8

    He meant on the opposite side as the wheels. When it is flipped back over those legs will keep the barrel from moving off the backstop.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great project, nice design. Could use some additional directions on use.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Just to add something positive.. As a first instructable, this is very good! I won't put one up because I'm old, ugly, and could not take being criticized after making such an effort.. Nice first try son.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    this type of composter is ok, but you must add water to promote rotting, and plenty of air-holes to allow aerobic decay otherwise you get a wet, soggy mess of stinking stuff. High nitrogen vegetation like lawn mowings will rot better if the pH is raised by adding lime , don't waste money on expensive decay promoters. The plastic barrel should be rotated ccasionally.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Your context is extremely confusing.

    But, the absolutely best use of a skateboard I've ever seen!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    punctuation seconded! also, you may wish to add a step or two on how to use this. i can easily see it is manually rotated tumbler, but there are those who don't know what compost is (or how it is made) much less how to use a tumbler. In the least, a link to another source for that information would be useful.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    good idea, but revise the punctuation and it would be much better. ;)