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The reason for this instructable is one which happens to us all - A little bit of age.

We have a trailer which we use for camping, but having no way to get it into the garden for storage is kept in the front between the Bay Window and the front wall (see the initial pictures). When we want to use it I have to lift it through the gate by resting it on my knees and shuffling sideways very carefully.

I decided we needed a trolley to ease access and my daughter wanted to help, so this gave a great chance to show her how to use a few hand tools.

At the start I have to say that this is the first time she has used the tools employed in this instructable.

The trolley took half a day to create and Lauren enjoyed every bit of it.

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Step 1: Parts list

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The trolley was made fully with recycled materials some from work and others being the left overs from other projects :-

  1. Casters ( 4 removed from a cupboard before it went into a skip at work)
  2. nuts and bolts ( various) from shelving and equipment packaging.
  3. Plywood - left over from making my son a sand pit
  4. Blue plastic batons - runners from a demonstration cupboard
  5. Nylon cord (ex washing line)

Neat like a big furniture dolly. Some bits of scrap carpet would be nice to protect the finish of the trailer and provide padding if you need to move the odd piece of furniture.

Others have mentioned safety, if making things in the shop becomes a regular thing(aways a good thing) I recommend a inexpensive canvas carpenter apron. I got one for my son and keep his safety gear in it(ear plugs, safety glasses, etc). It keeps the safety gear conveniently at hand, so it not dismissed as too much trouble to get or find and protects his clothes because wood glue and the like does not wash out easily(I've ruined a few few shirts in the past, still wore them though). Just make sure the cords are tied well and don't become a hazard themselves.

BeachsideHank7 months ago

The best part is you're teaching your child to improvise,
adapt, overcome. Those values will now be with her for life and stand her in
good stead. Well done dad!

HUKBMBEAR (author)  BeachsideHank7 months ago

Thanks it was fun to do this with her she did have fun, once you get them to listen its all good, thanks for comment

Scumm77 months ago

Nice build, and good use of an opportunity for some lessons. If you come across any larger casters, you might switch out the smaller ones you have. It'll make that bump at the gate negligible. Happy building!

HUKBMBEAR (author)  Scumm77 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion happy you liked the guide

utest_ahmed7 months ago
The only
I'd rev come d wood glue between the 2 pieces of wood before you bolt them together, you don't need to but it would make the joint alot stronger
HUKBMBEAR (author)  donttrustthepig7 months ago

Hi did think of putting a bit of glue on but as it will only ever be used over a short distance I went for putting an additional but and bolt right at the mid point of the stretcher which meant that the extra strength was there and I was able to use the trolley straight away.

Thanks its greater to get comments and suggestions for making things better glad you liked the guide.

Wow that looks like it works great, and you did such an awesome job explaining each step. Thanks for sharing!

HUKBMBEAR (author)  MsSweetSatisfaction7 months ago

Hello and thank you, glad you liked the project

jmwells7 months ago
Great job! Tho as a been there, done that dad; I'd recommend a hat or scarf for your daughter. One day my daughter and I were working a project, the drill grabbed her hair. A few strands pulled out, no real damage. But, lesson learned.
HUKBMBEAR (author)  jmwells7 months ago

Hi thanks for the safety suggestion, it will be a bobble for the hair next time

kbc27 months ago
nicely done! did some thing similar to help move an old 17' (5.5 m approx.) aluminum canoe from back yard to the drive way. like jm said, as teaching the use of the tools, also pratice SAFETY! hats or hair ties, safety glasses, and no loose clothing when operating power tools. i myself have caught a shirt in circular saw and then wrapped up by a drill.