How To Make A Homemade Kayak Cart
Learning how to make a homemade kayak cart is a process that can take some time. You will also have to know how to use certain shop tools, and have a basic understanding of craftsmanship to undertake the task. Learning how to make a homemade kayak cart is no easy task. Take your time in building it, and be sure that it is sturdy before you put it to actual use. Following is advice on how to make a homemade kayak cart.
How to Make a Homemade Kayak Cart: Materials
- Six short two by four pieces of wood
- Axle, as long as the width of the kayak
- Two wheels
- Wood glue
How to Make a Homemade Kayak Cart
- First, buy all of the supplies that you will need to make the cart. They can be found at any home improvement or construction supply store.
- Next, build a square-like frame. Cut two eighteen inch two by fours, and two cuts that are eight inches shorter than the width of the kayak. Make a box frame that is flush at the top, but indented on the bottom, so that three sides come together at the top, and at the bottom, the two sides that will be the vertical sides of the cart come down about six inches longer than the other side, which is nailed between them.
- Drill a hole in each of the bottom ends of the two longer sides, and run the axle through it (the sides should be spaced so that the axle has about two and half inches to spare on each side, as the wood horizontal supports are eight inches shorter than the kayak width, the two two by four boards add one and a half inches to each side, and the axle is the size of the kayak's width).
Attach the wheels to the axle. Now, you should have a square like shape of wood, with the axle at the bottom, and the bottom support just up from it, and two wheels off of the bottom corners.
- On top of the top horizontal support (the top side of the square), nail to one foot two by fours, facing outwards at diagonals to the top, making a V shape, spaced about eight inches apart on the top support. Reinforce these at their bases with wood glue. For best results, angle off the bottom edges of the wood so that, as they attach to the horizontal support, they are flush, but tilted outwards. Coat these in foam, and attach straps to them. The kayak will rest on, and be strapped over this V shaped support. The homemade cart is now complete.