How to build a PVC canoe/kayak cart
Illustrations by Ryan Kirby
- (2) 1-inch to 1/2-inch reducers
- (4) 90-degree elbows – 1-inch PVC
- (6) T-connectors – 1-inch PVC
- (8) 45-degree elbows – 1-inch PVC
- (9-feet) 1-inch PVC pipe
- (4) 1/2-inch washers
- (1) 24-inch section of 1/2-inch steel rod
- (2) heavy-duty lawnmower wheels
- (2) cotter pins
- PVC cement
- drill with 1/2-inch bit
- Cut the following sections out of the 1-inch PVC pipe:
(2) 12-inch cross braces
- Drill out axle rod hole in back end of two T-connectors.
- Drill a 3/16-inch hole through each end of the axle rod for the cotter pins.
- Dry-fit the cart according to diagram. Build sides first, insert axle and finish with cross braces.
- Glue together pieces using the same process as dry fit, one side at a time, square up the axle and finish gluing permanently with cross braces.
- Attach wheels, placing a washer on the inside and outside of each wheel and securing with cotter pins.
- Allow glue to cure fully before loading canoe/kayak.
- Add bungee cords or use ratchet straps to secure canoe/kayak during transport.
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