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Build a Milk Crate Cart

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My wife really likes going to the farmers market on Saturday mornings.. but she hates carrying bags of fresh produce. She needed a cart, but she didn't want me to buy one ( and neither did I).

So, my intrepid assistant, right-hand man, and son Max, brain-stormed with me to see what we could re-purpose in the garage to build a cart.

After some looking around, we found a milk crate, some wheels from an old fertilizer spreader, and the handle from an unused scooter.

Our next stop was Lowes, where we wandered around looking at various hardware to complete our build.

With $10 in hardware, it was back to the garage to start the build!
 
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Step 1: Part List

Here is what we used to make our cart:

From the garage:

(1) Milk Crate.
(1) Razor-like Scooter Handle
(2) Wheels from on old fertilizer spreader

From Lowes:

(4) Flat Washers
(2) 3/8" Hex Lock Nuts
(2) 3/8" Hex Nuts
(2) #16 Hose Clamps
(1) 3/8" x 2' threaded rod
(1) 1/2" x 2' PVC Conduit
(1) Hitch Pin
(1) 2-1/2" x 3/8" Wire Lock Pin

I purchased all of this for $9.77 (before tax)

Now that we have the part list.. lets build!
harvey6394 years ago
sounds good to me
harvey6394 years ago
why not add a rubber swivel caster instead of to stand that way u don't have to lift it to move it
lee_schnitz (author)  harvey6394 years ago
You are absolutely correct. We did consider this, but we were being 'frugal' and wanted to purchase as little as possible. :-D Perhaps we can do that for the upgrade!
altomic5 years ago
why not remove the back wheel off the razor scooter and then bend the handle forward. bolt the crate to the scooter. then attach the wheels at the back. that way you have a front wheel and steering. and no need to hold up the front of the cart to move it.
lee_schnitz (author)  altomic5 years ago
Great idea. If we decide to mod, we may try that. Thanks!
Great Idea!
ingenious!
omnibot5 years ago
Nice! I always say putting wheels on things is of underestimated value.
whatsisface5 years ago
Brilliant! I'm going to try and make a collapsible one for camping with :)
lee_schnitz (author)  whatsisface5 years ago
We thought about collapsible..... but we figured we would start with a simple version 1.0. If you get it done.. feel free to share! Lee
Very nice me and my dad do Vintage engine shows (stationary engines steam engines etc) and we camp out whilst showing our engines And we have to walk with like a 5 gallon container for water And when the water taps far away something like this Is perfect Im going to try and mod your design by bolting some old bicycle Suspension springs and Making a 4 wheel one ! Thks
lemonie5 years ago
Great! L
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