How to Build Wooden Push Carts

Updated February 21, 2017

Push carts are useful even as children's toys. Easy to build, they can be custom made to fit the personality of each special little girl or boy. Larger versions of this push cart can be used in gardens, home shops or a variety of other uses. Larger versions require bigger wheels or casters, but the principle for building push carts remains the same. Any do-it-yourself homeowner or woodworker can build a push cart for every occasion.

Apply glue to the ends of the two 1-by-4-by-8 1/2-inch boards. Place them between the two 1-by-4-by-19-inch boards to form a rectangle. This forms the frame of the push cart. Clean up the excess glue with a damp cloth.

Using the hammer, secure the boards to each other with the 4-penny finish nails.

Run a bead of glue on the top edge of the frame. Secure the 19-by-10-by-1/2-inch plywood board to the frame with the finish nails. This forms the bottom of the push cart. Clean up the excess glue as before.

Turn the push cart over. Using a bit designed for wood on the drill, make holes large enough for the casters in the four corners of the push cart bottom. Install the casters with the screws.

Put some glue on the ends of the 1-by-2-by-10-inch board. Secure the 1-by-2-by-18 1/2-inch boards to the ends of the 10 1/2-inch board to form a "U" shape. This forms the handle of the push cart.

Set the push cart upright. Slip the open end of the handle over the sides of the cart. Angle the handle towards the back of the cart at about 25 degrees.

Trace the handle onto the sides of the cart. Apply glue between the lines and secure the handle to the sides with the finish nails.


Sand the entire push cart before applying paint or varnish.


Do not apply paint or varnish to the push cart without proper ventilation.

Things You'll Need

  • Two 1-by-4-by-19-inch boards
  • Two 1-by-4-by-8 1/2-inch boards
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer
  • Small box of 4-penny finish nails
  • Damp cloth
  • One 19-by-10-by-1/2-inch plywood board
  • Four 2-inch swivel casters (with screws)
  • Variable speed drill
  • Philips head screw tip
  • One 1-by-2-by-10-inch board
  • Two 1-by-2-by-18 1/2-inch boards
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Michael Straessle has written professionally about the construction industry since 1988. He authored “What a Strange Little Man,” among other books, and his work has appeared in various online publications. Straessle earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in professional/technical writing.