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.
Step 3: 1 Shopping Cart, 1 Ikea Chair, 2 Steel Pipes, 2 Carpet Scraps
1. cut the base of a shopping cart in half, separating the front and rear portions.
2. Inserted and welded two pipes to make a very long shopping cart
3. Cut away any pipes that would hit the hull.
4. Tied a carpet sling over the back portion of the shopping cart.
5. Cut the legs off an Ikea chair, welded them to the front, and tied a carpet sling over that.
Eventually the strings holding one of the slings snapped in the sun. So then I did the insert-stick-through-legs-and-hem method of attaching it.
Step 4: Locking Casters, Tube Frame, and Inverted Chairs
Time to make another boat dolly!
I welded some upside-down chairs to the ends of the frame, added carpet slings, and welded casters to the bottom of the frame.
The chairs and slings are angled up at each end to match the curve of the boat hull.
I got afraid that a boat on wheels would blow across the lot and cause a disaster.
There's nothing out here on the base to block the wind when it comes howling over the runway.
So I put locking casters on this dolly. Turn the lever to brake the wheels.
Step 5: The Carried Away Cart
I sewed leather trim to the cradles so they wouldn't unravel
yep, I got carried away with this one.