How To Build The DIY Beach Cart That Will Meet All Your Beach Needs
Spending a day or two at the beach? Going to the beach would have to entail bringing materials such as your cooler, umbrellas, and snacks while chilling by the shore.
With all these things needed to carry, it is highly recommended that you bring your own beach cart with all your essentials to avoid forgetting these things afterward.
Materials that are usually put in the beach cart include the cooler, beach chairs, and fishing rods. A DIY beach cart is suggested because you can decide on the exact measurements that are suited for your needs. Making your own beach cart would also be more affordable and cost-effective.
This tutorial offers step-by-step instructions on how to make a DIY beach cart using inexpensive materials. Pictures of the tools needed as well as the figures for the instructions can be seen below.
Materials and Tools Needed
1. PVC Pipes
PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, and it is one of the most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer. End uses of PVC can be used for purposes such as packaging, transport, clothing, and construction. In this tutorial, we will be using the PVC pipes, caps, elbows, and T’s to make the DIY beach cart.
2. Zip Ties
3. Pool Noodles
Pool noodles are cylindrical pieces of polyethylene foam. Aside from its usual functions of helping for floating and swimming, they are also used for protection against sharp edges and corners.
4. Wheels & Axle
Wheels can be wide and low or tall and narrow, but it is recommended to get wheels that are around 10 inches tall and 3 inches wide. The wider the wheels are, the better it is for rolling through the sand. On the other hand, taller wheels allow more clearance to the ground and over curbs.
An axle is a central bar wherein a wheel turns and rotates.
5. Metal Saw Or Hacksaw
Instructions (7 Easy Steps)
Step 1: Measuring and Adjusting the Backbone
Cut a 1.5 foot (18 inches) piece of PVC pipe, and then try to fit the two PVC T’s and measure the length afterward.
Measure the length of the axle to be used (length of 3 feet is recommended). Next, measure the depth of the two wheels when putting together and then subtract that measurement from the length of the axle.
The thickness of the end bolts and washers should also be measured and then subtracted from the length of the axle. Lastly, the length of the pipe and the T’s should also be subtracted. Length remaining should be divided by 2.
Final length would be the measurement of the final piece on the outside (left and right end in the figure). Cut a piece of PVC with cap included.
Step 2: Test Fit the Assembly
Try to fit the whole assembly to see if the pieces correctly placed with each other. The pieces altogether should have a total of 12 to 24 inches tall including the PVC T’s.
The fit of the axles with the rest of the assembly should also be tested. Make sure to clean the axle joints.
Step 3: Drill the Caps
Holes to be drilled in the caps should have the same size of the axles. It is recommended not to cement the caps in place to replace them more easily as it wears over time.
Step 4: Glue the Parts
Glue the legs and top brace together. Make sure that the PVC T’s on top should face each other. The pipe should also be parallel to the axle assembly at the lower part.
On top of the T’s holding the top brace, clean the short pipe sections and then glue the two T’s on both sides. These last two T’s that are glued will hold the cradle, and the ends should be perpendicular to the axles.
Step 5: Attach the Wheels and Forward Support Arms
Push the axles through the end caps. Next, thread the washers to protect the caps and wheels, and then hold them in place. Check if the wheels turn freely.
Attach the forward support arms as shown in the figure, with the caps on the end.
Step 6: Make the Handles
To make the handles, cement two pieces of PVC pipes that are 4 feet long (48 inches) to the other end of the top T’s. Clean and cement the two pieces of 90-degree elbows before gluing a 1.5 foot (18 inches) of PVC pipe between the elbows.
Step 7: Attach the Foam Swim Noodles
Wrap the pool noodles over the pipes as shown in the figure. Once you are done, attach zip ties to the pool noodles in place to prevent them from moving.
This beach cart can hold things such as your cooler, grocery bags, and paddles. You have the option to put a net over the cradle arms to put protection over your belongings.
This DIY Beach Cart won’t cost much since the materials and tools needed are very affordable. It will save you a lot of money, and you would be able to customize your beach cart according to your needs.
What do you think of this tutorial? Excited to make a DIY Beach Cart? Post your pictures and insights below! Have a great vacation!