Utility Cart – How to Make
A utility cart is useful around your home, especially to carry plants, fertilizer, firewood, compost/dirt, stones/rocks, hay or straw. My older cart gave out after a few years. The 1/2″ plywood bottom used in the original garden cart is not strong enough to handle heavy work. The bottom of the old cart split open when carrying rocks for landscaping. Not only that, the metal sub-structure began to rust after cleaning out the cart with water. Do you want a garden cart that falls apart?
Most Utility/Garden Carts are made out of 1/2″ plywood. And they are not strong enough to handle heavy work. In addition, the bottom of the cart can split open when carrying rocks for landscaping. Do you want a garden cart that falls apart?
A lot of the carts plans are too difficult. And some carts are needlessly heavy. Do you want simple plans for a practical cart?
A good garden cart is more stable than a wheelbarrow with only one wheel. You can use it with one hand. You position the wheel axle to provide excellent balance. You can effortlessly lift or pull even very heavy loads. You cannot do that with a wheelbarrow.
You can build a Utility cart in only a weekend, and will last a long time. I suggest using 3/4″ plywood with aluminum edging to prevent splintering and to make the panels last longer. In addition, the sub-structure is made from Aluminum Angle. The axle is 3/4″ aluminum rod to prevent rust and allows the bearing wheels to rotate smoothly. The handle and stand are made from 3/4″ electrical conduit bent by a local electrical shop for free.
You use less than one sheet of plywood for this Utility Cart, along with some 1/2″ aluminum channel for edging, and 3/4″ electrical conduit. All of this is readily available at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. You can purchase the pneumatic bike wheels online.
When ready to finish you can use stain and spar urethane or you can paint the plywood for preservation.
You can build this cart for a lot less than you can buy. And, it is sturdier than anything on the market today! Current pricing on this type of Utility Cart costs over $250 plus. Why spend that kind of money for a cheaply made cart?
You will get immense satisfaction in building your own garden cart. And it will last a lot longer than anything you can buy. In addition, you can build this utility cart to any size that you need. Plus it saves your back, helping you avoid a fortune in medical bills.
You can learn more about building your own Utility/Garden Cart by visiting Jim.
Jim is a woodworker with over 36 years of experience. He helps many woodworkers increase their skills with techniques, tips, plans, and jigs. Helping woodworkers is Jim’s expertise. Visit his specialty site at http://www.provenwoodworking.com