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Try This: Inner Tube Wood Carrier

Haul your heaviest loads in the garden with this recycled inner tube trug.



This garden carryall can stand up to the pokiest sticks and sharpest tools without flinching.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
1. Start with a truck-size inner tube (tire stores often have one or two destined for the dumpster). Don’t worry if the inner tube has a hole; you’ll be cutting it up anyway. With scissors, cut out a section that’s about 14 inches at the top and 18 to 20 inches at the bottom. Cut the top edge open.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
2. Lay the section open flat and measure for the placement of grommet holes. The holes should be centered on the top edge about two inches down and eight or nine inches apart. Mark the spot, then cut a small “x” with the scissors and round it into a hole about 3/4–inch across. There will be four holes, two at the top edge of each side of the trug.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
3. You can buy a grommet kit at the hardware store that contains all the tools (the anvil and the punch) you need, plus an assortment of grommets. We used #4 grommets with a hole size of 1/2 inch. Follow your grommet kit’s instructions to reinforce the holes in the rubber. Work on a solid surface.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
c) Place the punch in the hole and tap it firmly and repeatedly with a hammer until the grommet is sealed.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
b) Place a grommet washer (rounded side up) over the post.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
a) Place the grommet post up through the hole.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
4. Feed a 14-inch section of 3/8–inch wooden dowel through the grommets on each side to form the handle. The dowel should go in the first hole from the outside and then out the next hole at the other end. The handle will then be “inside” the trug when you’re carrying it to protect your knuckles.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
This garden carryall can stand up to the pokiest sticks and sharpest tools without flinching.
Photo By Susan Wasinger





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