Step 2: Bracket and assembly

One of the 'fenders' is used to make the holding bracket. The part of the bike which seats the handlebars + front wheel holds the carrier. The carrier does not follow the front wheel, but is rigidly attached to the frame (which is very confusing during the first rides!). The plate can be bent halfway around a pipe, or bar (similar size as bike frame). In a vice, the outsides can be bent 90 degrees, to get a bracket (omega shape).

4 holes have to be drilled in the bracket, and corresponding holes in the base plate.

To protect the bike frame, the bracket is covered with a piece of inner tube; the same is done at the base plate. Of course the paint has been cracked by all the bending: it has to be stripped and the whole thing needs a good paint job!
Another way to support the carrier is to add steel strips at a 45 degree angle to the carrier base (the steel tubes that, on the hand cart, were vertical). If you considered that, did you not do it b/c it would interfere w/ potential loads that might be wider than the carrier?
It's always interesting to hear of different names for things from around the world.  Here in the states these are called Dollies and Hand Trucks among other things.
I knew I remembered the weather from somewhere.... Well done. Might not need to buy a Kronan now ;)
In Holland it is called 'steekwagen' . The base plate IS too thin, as well as the bracket. The bike could easily handle a bigger load. Right now, I'm thinking of ways to enforce the square angle between the base plate and the rack, also light and perhaps fixing the sagging steel strips..... I have to take it apart for stripping & painting anyway.... BTW: all Dahlia bulbs have been taken from my allotment to my house !!!
These are actually called sack barrows BTW
Nice idea, using the old hand cart. Does the rack itself not shimmy side to side?

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