How to build a beach cart

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How to build a beach cart
A beach cart is the perfect solution for hauling kids' toys or surf gear. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

While time spent on the beach is very enjoyable, making multiple trips to the car to haul everything to the beach is not. Many people spend all day on the beach and like to have all of their supplies at the ready. Getting items from your car to the sand can be easy with a beach cart. Making one at home can be simple and cost effective. By borrowing some ideas from kayak and canoe enthusiasts, with your new cart, you'll be spending less time transporting supplies and more time on the sand.

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Things you need

  • 9-ft. length of 1-inch PVC pipe
  • Hacksaw
  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch drill bit for plastic
  • 3/16-inch drill bit for steel
  • 6 T-shaped PVC connectors
  • 4 90-degree, 1-inch PVC elbows
  • 8 45-degree, 1- inch PVC elbows
  • 4 1/2-inch washers
  • 1 24-inch piece of steel rod with 1/2-inch diameter
  • 2 1/2- or 1-inch reducers
  • 2 wheels (wide and low, or tall and narrow in shape)
  • 2 cottar pins
  • PVC cement

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  1. 1

    Cut the length of the PVC one-inch pipe with the hacksaw. Cut two 18-inch lengths, 12 12-inch lengths for cross braces, and 16 three-inch lengths.

  2. 2

    Drill a hole in the back end of the T-shaped connectors to accommodate the steel axle rod.

  3. 3

    Drill a 3/16-inch hole through the steel rod. The holes are for the cottar pins.

  4. 4

    Assemble the cart, starting with the sides, gluing as you go with the PVC cement. Place one 18-inch piece of PVC on the ground. Fit a 90-degree elbow on each side of the piece. Put one three-inch piece inside the other side of the elbow. Repeat for the other side of the 18-inch piece. Connect a 45-degree elbow to the open end of both three-inch pieces. Connect a T-shaped piece to the end of the 45-degree elbow on each side. Place a three-inch piece in the open side of the T-shape for each side. Connect another 45-degree elbow onto the three-inch pieces. Add another three-inch piece to the side of the elbow. Finish the side by adding the T-shaped piece that you have drilled with a hole.

  5. 5

    Repeat Step 4 for the other side.

  6. 6

    Insert the axle rod into the holes in the two T-shaped pieces. This will connect the two sides. Place one reducer into each of the open T-shaped pieces holding the rod. Slide a washer on after the reducer. Follow this with the wheel and another washer for each side. Slide the cottar pins into the holes of the steel axle rod on each side.

  7. 7

    Insert the 12-inch crossbar pieces into the open sides of the T-shapes.

Tips and warnings

  • Use sliced pool noodles to pad the pieces of PVC that may rub against your sporting equipment.

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