Two years ago, when I was laid up with a broken ankle, I moved our project along by snarfing things off Craigslist and sending Steve out to get them. He returned from one of these trips with a confession: “I also bought some wagon wheels.” Some? “Well, four. They were a really good price and they’re pretty cool. They’re big.” How big? “Two are really big and two are just kind of big.” What are we going to do with them? “I don’t know. I figured we could use them somehow.”
Here’s the thing. Some women’s husbands come home with red Porsches or teen-aged baby sitters, so when you think about it that way, coming home with four vintage wagon wheels – even four humongous vintage wagon wheels – is not really so bad. But it is true that we didn’t know what to do with them, so they just sat by the side of the house for a while. A long while.
This summer we moved them up to the Schoolhouse and started figuring out how we could make them into a deck railing. The biggest challenge was weight. Two of them weighed about 90 pounds each and the other two about 50 pounds each.
Steve collected a bunch of cool plumbing parts called prethreaded pipe joints and started designing an attachment system.
It looked really cool.
But the wheels were too heavy and it collapsed.
Eventually, a simple solution was deemed best.
And once we figured that out, it was just a matter of lifting them up and bolting them on.
Plunging off the hot tub deck down into the garden is now one less thing to worry about.