How to Build a Lawn Cart


There is always something that needs to be taken from the car trunk to the back yard. You need this cart. Whether you have in mind hauling hay bales or pony packs of petunias, building a simple garden cart will be an essential tool for your yard. This will take a few hours of work with normal woodworking tools.

Step 1

Have the lumber company cut all wood pieces to measure. Sand each piece to prepare it for painting.

Step 2

Paint all the wood pieces with Barn Red paint. Give them at least three coats, and dry thoroughly between each coat.

Step 3

Screw the side panels to the bottom piece. Screw the front panel to the side panels. The end is left open.

Step 4

Drill a hole 1 inch in from the ends of the two 2x2x20 inch alder pieces to accommodate the metal rod. Attach the other ends under the front of the cart spaced just far enough apart to slide the wagon wheel in place and insert the rod through the holes and wheel. Be sure the wheel doesn't bind. At the same time, make sure it isn't wobbly between the two wooden braces.

Step 5

Insert the rod and wheel and secure the apertures with rod pins through the predrilled holes in the end of the metal rod.

Step 6

Screw in the two back legs at each corner and screw the two handles to the open side of the cart. They should be about 20 inches apart.

Step 7

Finish the cart with 3 or 4 coats of lacquer to protect it from outside elements. Let dry between coats.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 - 1x36x48 inch plywood for the bottom
  • 2 -- 1x48x18 inch plywood for the two side panels
  • 1 -- 1x38x18 inch plywood for the front panel
  • 2 -- 2x24 inch pre-made alder handles
  • 1 -- 36-inch diameter wagon wheel
  • 2 -- 1x2x20 inch alder for the wheel mount braces
  • 2 -- 1x2x24 inch back legs
  • Drill
  • Medium and fine grit sandpaper
  • Wood screws
  • 1 - 1x4 inch Metal rod -- holes drilled ¼ inch from both ends
  • 2 Rod pins for holding the wagon wheel in place
  • Quart of Barn Red latex paint
  • Lacquer
  • Disposable foam paintbrush


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Keywords: Garden, cart, plywood, wagon, wheel, alder, handles

About this Author

Pat Olsen has over 35 years of experience as a professional journalist in California. She attended San Francisco State and Pacific College. Olsen has several published books, is a staff writer for Mill Creek Living Magazine, and currently writes for Demand Studio. She is a retired educator who still teaches twice a week.