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An alternative to the DIY PVC cart - easy to make, doubles as a step for loading / unloading and folds for convenient transportation / storage.  It doesn't get much easier than this.
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Step 1: Folding Step Stool

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Needing a kayak cart, I was looking for alternatives to measuring / cutting / gluing (cursing*&$#! / re-measuring / re-cutting / re-gluing) a PVC cart.  In the process, I came across this folding step stool.  (ranging in price from $10 - $15 online or local store)

Step 2: Axle

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Cut a 3/8" threaded rod to 17" in length - grab a few nuts and washers along with a couple of 8" wheels.

Step 3: Drill

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Drill out the center of the hinge with a 3/8" bit.

Step 4: Insert Axle

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Slide the threaded rod through the hinge and center it.

Step 5: Lock In Axle

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A washer on either side of the step, double nut to lock in place (it also gives proper spacing/clearance for the wheels).

Step 6: Add Wheels

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A washer on either side of the wheel and another double nut set on the outside (end cap optional).

Step 7: Ready to Roll

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Done - ready for use as a step to help load and unload.

Step 8: Fold

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Collapses for convenient transportation and storage.

Step 9: Flipped to Position

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Flipped into position.

Step 10: Add Padding

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Your basic foam noodle padding - slits cut to slip over stool feet / edges. (foam held in place with Velcro cable ties found in any office supply store)

Step 11: Good to Go

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Dryboater7 days ago
Thank you for a great and easy alternative to $150 boat carts
dkrall5 months ago
wow, great idea. so simple. I'm going to use some old lawn mower wheels I have laying around. all I have to buy is a stool.
mastermitch9 months ago
great idea and simple... you got my vote
rham2439 months ago
Thanks so much! Built one this weekend and it works great. Found the stool and a pair of 7" wheels at Kmart, got all the hardware at Lowes. Cost all together around $25 to complete.
I'm going to use this idea. Me and my boys are going to build a canoe this summer. I'll use this for that thank you
Jobar0079 months ago
That's a pretty good idea. I like it a lot. The only thing that I would change would be to swap out the threaded rod with a solid rod that I tapped the ends on for the bolts. It would eliminate the need for a second set of nuts to lock the first and be much stronger.

By the way, what is the load rating on the stool that you purchased?
3D-NM8OR (author)  Jobar0079 months ago
The step I found at Kmart looks to be identical to the one found on Amazon (Kikkerland Rhino Easy Fold Step Stool). Rated up to 300 lbs.
foobear9 months ago
Very cool

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