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RCrosby257 04-13-2013 02:57 PM

Building a Garden Cart
 
I have a Garden Way (I think that was the brand) garden cart that provided incredible service for more than 20 years but has been repaired for the last time.
I'm looking for some good plans to make my own. Any suggestions? All I found in the topic search was a thread about tires.
Thanks,
Rob:)

High Gear 04-13-2013 04:57 PM

Just curious how did you wear it out ?

My garden way cart is 30yrs old this year and been through alot of use

and ABUSE and is still going. Heh heh

user1007 04-13-2013 05:02 PM

What part of it wore out? If you like the shape and all, you might be able to use what you have as the pattern and form and make a new "body" out of fiberglass like you would a boat hull. Whether practical, I do not know.

As for plans? I would search online for something like "garden cart plans" and see what turns up. Also search for ready to assemble options. I have seen some nice teak garden carts that were RTA kits. Seems like a bit of overkill but somebody probably makes kits in other materials. I will do the same and post back if I find anything special.

What qualities and features are you looking to have? Price point?

user1007 04-13-2013 05:16 PM

Well I found a bunch o stuff with similar search paths but did not know what you had in mind and do not know the cart you have now.

I did find a garden cart blog and the person is selling plans to build a Whizbang garden cart. Made me giggle and I am half tempted to send him $15 just for that! Can you imagine your bragging rights being able to say yours is a Whizbang? Trick it out with some flames and pinstriping?

http://gardencartblog.blogspot.com/

Mother Earth came up in a search with instructions for building an Irish mail cart for under $50 (in 1983) dollars.

I found quite a few hardware only kits (wheels, cart handle, etc.) and of course lots of RTA carts in a range of prices.

RCrosby257 04-14-2013 08:12 AM

Garden Cart
 
Thanks for all the replies. Really nothing left to work with on the old one. Steel tubing legs have worn halfway through on the bottom. I pop riveted lengths of strapping to shore those up. Steel edging is rusted, cracked and bent, nothing there. Plywood is all rotted and wheel rims are bent from hitting a dip at "speed" with a load of stone wall rock. It owes me nothing.
It's final act of service might be suggesting that I slow down a bit. Will let y'all know what I end up doing.:jester:

wetech 04-16-2013 12:39 PM

This month's issue of Family Handyman had an article on a DIY garden cart that looked pretty good. I can't find the plans online yet, but you can probably pick up the issue locally at HD.

RCrosby257 04-19-2013 08:32 PM

Garden Cart
 
wetech,
Found the magazine and have the cart about half build. Looks promising.
Thanks all!
Rob


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