|Project by daltxguy||posted 04-06-2013 03:44 PM||4290 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I seem to make a lot of these – everytime I change continents. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it has proven worthwhile enough to keep reproducing this simple design and the materials seems to be universally available.
Simple construction : 2×4’s nailed together with galvanized nails and then 1/2” (12mm) galvanized mesh formed neatly over the bottom and nailed on with galvanised fence staples.
Sizes may vary but usually I size it to fit across whatever wheelbarrow I have at the time and somewhat narrower than it is long, so it is relatively easy to pick up and shake back and forth (If it was much wider, you would have to hold out it out too far.)
You can screw on some handles on the side if you wish. I think the first one I built had handles but i haven’t bothered with later versions.
To use, place across the wheelbarrow. Shovel in some finished compost – then either shake or stir with your gloved hands ( to keep the galvanised mesh from wearing your hands down to the bones). Whatever doesn’t go through the mesh, flip back onto the compost pile. What’s left in the wheelbarrow is a nice fine compost.
If you need it to be even finer ( for starting seeds for example), make another one with a finer grid, or use a kitchen stainless steel sifter for a second pass.
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