It is a truth universally acknowledged that a gardener can never have enough compost.
In the past, I have generated my compost in homemade bins made of 2x lumber and window screening, chicken wire, or whatever materials I had to hand. Those enclosures work well enough, but of course, compost does take time.
I have always eyed those compost tumblers in gardening supply catalogues and wondered if they work as well as they allege. When I happened across a design for a homemade compost tumbler, from the blog Potholes and Pantyhose, I recognized a golden opportunity.
It was an especially fortuitous discovery because I happened to have most of the materials on hand.
Some years ago I obtained four pickle barrels with the intention of creating four rain barrels. I successfully made three. The fourth barrel had a lid that refused to come off. It sat behind our shed until now, waiting for its opportunity to serve. I also had lumber and most of the necessary hardware, including a discarded metal closet rod that would serve beautifully as the tumbler axis.
The instructions at Potholes and Pantyhose are straightforward enough. I found that the window latch hardware was insufficient to hold the lid closed, though, so I used a T-hasp closure instead.
Hasp photo via Home Depot
I've placed the tumbler next to my regular compost pile. Every time I go out to the pile, I give the tumbler a few spins. So far, it's working brilliantly.