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Made From Patio Planters Old Grain Grinder
like to make decorative items out of scrap steel and old equipment. I made these patio planters out of old 2 1/2-ft. dia. hoppers off an old grain grinder, which I painted flat black. The hoppers mount on bases made from steel wheels. There's a hole in the bottom for drainage.
  My homemade planter cart uses a pair of big wrenches for handles and a pair of old pulleys for wheels. The wooden box on it can be used to support planters, etc.
  I restored an old hand pressure cistern pump and then mounted it on the stand off an old cream separator. It makes a nice yard ornament. The pump's brass cylinder is original.
  I welded a pair of old cast iron tractor seats onto lengths of pipe, with steel discs serving as bases. The metal table between the seats is supported by a length of auger flighting, which I welded to an old cast iron pulley that serves as a base. (Pete Peters, Box 166, Osler, Sask., Canada S0K 3A0 ph 306 239-2045)

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2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1