Fruit Cart

Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare
Ohio University, 2015

*This was a collaborative project. I completed the wheels and started the box construction while Prop Mastering the show, and then guided fellow artisan Travis Nelson through the rest of the build.*

Blocking during rehearsals demanded that the fruit cart be able to rotate 360°, so the final object differed from the drafting in this regard. Instead, the wheel axle was moved to the back of the cart and a third wheel was added on a central front leg.

The back wheels were made by sandwiching 3 layers of 3/4” plywood, and routing the outer rings to the center. The wheels were fed onto a 1” pipe and tacked into place by custom washers made from 16g. sheet steel to space the wheels on the spoke.

The structure of the box was cut out of 1/2 luan plywood. A groove to indicate planking was cut in using the table saw. Off cuts from other shop projects became the slat details on the front. The wood was all aged using a 4” grinder equipped with a flap wheel.