Almost, but not quite finished Project

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Blog entry by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 10-19-2011 04:07 AM 2932 reads 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well fellow LJs, here it is, a long awaited unfinished project that I drew up (with many others) while was too ill to go to the shop for over a year. Unfortunately, as the project is not finished, I’ll have to post my progress here.

The Flower Cart I have almost made comes from memories of traders flower carts that were used at Covent Garden, London’s famous old Flower and Vegetable market. Convent Garden as a flower/veg market has been closed for quite a few years and now serves as chic boutique mall of sorts, well worth a visit, and it is central to theatreland.

My lumber consists of humble 2x’sand 1x’s, some studs and some pressure treated, which is not the best to work as it splits and warps too easily.

I consider the wheels to be the worst part of the cart, I plan to make a better, more professional set of wheels for a second cart and increase the diameter from 20” to 30”.
Although I am not satisfied with the wheels and will make larger ones to refit, I an going to use bearings for the axle/wheels hub and the cart moves easily, but I would not recommend very “high mileage” on these wheels. I first used a metal tire made from strapping but that did not work out, so the tires are now going to be made from rubber strips – makes silent running too.
The canopy is not something that the Covent Garden carts had on them, but here you need something to give the flowers some shade. I made the canopy out of simple 1/2” water fittings and experimented with reed privacy fencing and remnant cloth roof covering. The canopy frame and covering can be removed quickly and easily when not required, four thumb screws lock the canopy in place. It is so strong that you can literally hold a canopy leg in each hand (2 people) and lift the whole cart off the ground – that was a test I did for strength. The canopy frame is to be painted with paint for plastics.
The shelf underneath the main bed of the cart is for seedlings and a basket/tote or anything else. There is a tool holder mounted in from of the handle for small gardening tools.
The cart is suitable for container gardening and displaying, but can be used for many other applications. There is a tailgate at the front to assist loading etc., the Rivercrest sign on the front is the name of my one man psudo “business” – ha ha, the full name is Rivercrest Craftworks.

This project took me an inordinate amount of time because as I was recovering, and I made design changes as I went along. I could only do so much and have so much time in any day, but at last it is ready for previewing. Finishing the cart will take some time as I am waiting on my son to come by – he’s an OTR truck driver, and is on trips for weeks before he gets days of, I need his help before I can do much more to provide some muscles to manipulate the cart for continued work. That’s why I am posting this project unfinished, but I’ll make another post when it is finished.

I have also included some other items I have made, some alarm clocks, there is also the “cube in cube” which Darrell asked me to post for him to see.
Since I finally got out of the house, I inspected the Patio chairs I made way back when, and I was delighted to find that they had indeed survived 2 years now without ANY deteriation – they still look just as I made them. You can check them out at and , Perhaps I will make more?

For those who know, I am NO professional or skilled woodworker and you guys have supported me throughout my difficulties, I want to say a Big Thank You for your good wishes and support, it kept me believing.

Hope you like the “almost” cart, all comments are welcome, and donations are also welcome. :-) lol

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#1 posted 10-19-2011 04:22 AM

Like I told you before… this is fantastic!

You do know you misspelled “convent” don’t you? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#2 posted 10-19-2011 04:26 AM

Sir Charles: No religion on this site….remember???? :-)

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#3 posted 10-19-2011 05:02 AM

wow roger
this is really something

glad you are able to work again

looks like a great cart

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 10-19-2011 05:03 AM

Hi Roger,
Great flower cart, great alarm clock, great post, and so eloquently stated. My wife would buy me an alarm clock like yours, if she could find one, and please don’t offer to make her one.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#5 posted 10-19-2011 05:09 AM

Rex; Super cart. I’m glad that you spell better than Charlie.

You need to get the seat on the front of the cart so you can have your wife push you out to the shop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 10-19-2011 06:44 AM

Hey Rog
Oh happy days oh happy days . I’m thrilled and over joyed that you have been in the shop. I like this design and artwork
Dam the wheels full speed ahead . Our payers are answered a project at last . Keep the those projects coming bud . Very cool cart.

Jim aka not Rex

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#7 posted 10-19-2011 07:54 AM

Hi Roger!

That really a COOL portable potting cart!

I LOVE that Clock with the Red sticks tied to it! LOL
I wonder what that would look like being xray’d in preparation to being shipped by plane?!
I wonder if it would shut the line down… for inspection?!

Nice stuff!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 10-19-2011 08:23 AM

Very nice work Roger… glad to see you are woodworking.
I love the cart… what an attractive potting table and with all the bells and whistles, so to speak!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 10-19-2011 08:54 AM

realy nice work Roger :-)
thank´s for sharing

for the rubber tires maybee you can find some Bandsaw tires that can fit
or make the wheels to fit …. LOL

take care

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#10 posted 10-19-2011 10:19 AM

Good to see you up and at it again. Like the accessories.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 10-19-2011 10:53 AM

great looking cart….altho i have to admit that before i realised that the sticks were a clock i thought that you were really on to a great method of weeding!!!

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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#12 posted 10-19-2011 01:41 PM

It makes me happy to see you’re up and at it again to this extent. Work, any kind of work, but especially work of your own originality, is one of the best ways to restore the spirit and distract one from things that bring one down.
I do like your garden cart and I think it would work very well as a vehicle for the street trade. Perhaps you can get something going on this side of the sea like Covent Garden!
But, please, don’t take your unique timepiece out to the public!
Your friend,


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#13 posted 10-19-2011 03:51 PM

Thank you all so much.
Sorry the cart is not finished, but I really needed to let you all know that at last I have been able to get well enough to get to the shop now and then and actually almost make something. It is difficult after such a long time to even do some of the simplest of things, but you all have “stood by me” and I owed you all to see what your encouragement has produced. I have felt somewhat of a fraud by not posting any work for such a long time, so this post I really needed to make.
I have come a long way from a dark place, and I am determined to forge ahead and make whatever I can, because the woodworking distraction is my best therapy, and I love it.
I look forward to making more “stuff” and will post everything for you to see. May not be all that fantastic, but you know the story behind it.
Again, thank you all so much ….....You make me feel like a Rex.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#14 posted 10-20-2011 02:34 AM

yea whoooooooooo buddy, you got er done and posted, as i said before i love this cart, if i were to do anything different, i would lower the tray underneath so you could put maybe some taller plants or larger pots…besides that i love this, this would be perfect for the Gardner..i could see them working with this, and what a fancy help it is…bravo amigo…your back in the groove…just watch that dynamite clock, it could make a days work very explosive…….....time might get away from the worker….or…with the clock, it could give some much needed extra hands…lol…....congrats roger…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 10-20-2011 11:02 AM

You’ve done a Great Job on this Roger…
I love the bright and cheerful color scheme you chose as well…
Like everybody else, it’s great to hear you’re getting time in the shop again… Good for You!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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