Introduction: Kayak Step Cart

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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.

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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rickosaurus (author)2015-10-05

This was a great cart. I definitly pushed it to it's limits though. I tried to stack both my kayaks on top of each other on it and it ended up breaking. My own fault. I'm gonna see if I can find a step with a higher weight limit next.

3D-NM8OR (author)rickosaurus2015-10-07

Glad you like the project. The limit for the stool I used is allegedly 300 lbs., but since the hinge is compromised and I'm sure the weight is not being distributed as intended/designed - that 300 number pretty much goes out the window. Just curious - what is the approx. combined weight of your kayaks and where did the cart fail/break?

rickosaurus (author)3D-NM8OR2015-10-07

I'd guess and say each kayak is around 50lbs so total would be around 100lbs. I wasn't expecting the stand to still hold 300lbs but I was curious to test it's limit. I think the hinge was still intact but one of the sides of the top broke.

chipper35 (author)2014-12-09

Super extreme coolness!!

michelle.caporali.9 (author)2014-10-22

Thanks for posting this. I love the idea of using a folding step stool. It would give me the extra height I need to strap the kayak on the roof of my vehicle. BUT, can you use it as a step stool with the foam padding on there ?

Glad you like the concept. I slip the foam padding off of the stool before I flip it over to use as a step, a seat or to store it. As mentioned, I use a couple of Velcro cable ties (similar to: to hold the foam in place when using it as a cart. Hope that helps.

demini (author)2014-08-24

This was super easy. 15 minutes at most for building 2 of them. Would have been faster if we hadn't stopped to admire our work and grab more beers.

3D-NM8OR (author)demini2014-09-26

Looks good (sorry that I forgot to include Step 7B: Get Beer)

Dryboater (author)2014-04-12

Thank you for a great and easy alternative to $150 boat carts

dkrall (author)2013-11-18

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.

mastermitch (author)2013-07-07

great idea and simple... you got my vote

rham243 (author)2013-07-01

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.

redfoxtrystman (author)2013-06-27

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

Jobar007 (author)2013-06-25

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)Jobar0072013-06-27

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.

foobear (author)2013-06-26

Very cool

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