These dollies with padded cradles make it easy and yes, fun!
Perfect to keep your canoe or kayak off the ground, and to raise it to a comfortable height to work on it.
All my boats have skinny hulls, so I made skinny dollies. If you've got wide boats, make yours to suit.
I used homemade welders to do the welding.
I used a big needle and string to do the sewing.
Step 1: The "Snille" Chair from Ikea
In the middle of a meeting someone will lean back a little too much and "snap!" the chair breaks.
The chair gets added to the growing junkyard in the corner of the room. Eventually I'll harvest them.
I throw the seats into the plastic recycling bin, and add the bases to a tower behind the shipping containers.
You'll probably have some different kind of chair to work with, but the principle will be similar.
Step 2: Rock the Cradle - Turn the Chair Upside Down
Turn the chair base assembly upside down and tie a sling of cloth across the chair leg horizontals. In this case I sewed pockets in the ends of a carpet scrap, inserted sticks, and hooked them inside the chair legs.
To make the cradle more stable I welded it to two steel conduit pipes.