Free Bike Trailer, With Only Hand Tools

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I built this project over the weekend with my brother, for free or very close to free.

Tools: 1/5

Time: 2/5

Difficulty: 2/5

For the base of the trailer, we used an old kids trailer. Around the stripped-down base, we built a frame out of pallet wood. We got all the parts for this project for free.

Supplies:

Material:
1 - 2 pallet
1 old kids trailer or wagon

Tools:
Hammer (nails if you don't use pallet nails)
Handsaw
Wrenches (may be needed for disassembly of the kid trailer)

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Step 1: The Dissasembly

This step is the most straight forward.

First, we cut off the fabric using a knife. Our trailer was very old so most came off with little effort. Some parts were screwed or bolted to the frame, here we used the necessary tools to get it all off.

Step 2: Building the Bed

Now the building starts:

We started the build of by checking what boards and how many we wanted to use. Lucky for us 4 boards fit perfectly. These boards were cut down to fit one 2 by 4 on each side of the trailer. We also used 1 board in the center for support and one next to each 2 by 4 as a spacer to make the bed lay level.

The project could be finished here but the trailer would be much more functional with side railings.

Step 3: Build Side Railings

For the side railings, you could use parts from the pallets, but we found some scrap 1 by 2 planks that we cut to 30cm. The rails were cut to the same length as the bed and put together as shown. Two railings were built for this trailer.

Step 4: Final Assembly

The side rails were nailed into the 2 by 4's on the bed. For this step, it might be smart to use screws. We considered having sides for the back and front as well, but for now, we'll leave them open.

Made in the USA, recycled in Norway.

Thanks for reading our Instructable, have a good project.

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Billster36

5 weeks ago

I like your project, and love how the sides are fitted on but may I suggest one thing? A single strip across the front from top of one side to top of the other would go a long way toward stiffening the sides.
I know, Monday morning quarterback here, but hey just wanting to help :)

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ArduinonatorBillster36

Reply 4 weeks ago

Yes that is smart, was actually added on after I finished the article:)

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thecosmicjestauto13142828

Reply 4 weeks ago

These kid's trailers can occasionally be found at thrift stores and yard sales. Either way, they're relatively inexpensive.

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Arduinonatorauto13142828

Reply 5 weeks ago

The wood was really dried out so is not much heavier then the wagon in the beginning. It is still easy to handle

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RasmusMoller

5 weeks ago on Step 4

Nice little project, congrats.
Does anyone know of a single wheel bike trailer instructable?

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GregS278

Question 5 weeks ago on Introduction

So the kids wagon is what parents would put their kids in hooked to their bike and take the kids for a ride?

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ArduinonatorGregS278

Answer 5 weeks ago

Yes, the kids trailer I used was the same that my parents used to bike me to kindergarten :)

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lolamaticdesidude52

Reply 5 weeks ago

Try "free stuff" on craigslist (or kijiji for the canadians). There's also letgo and offerup as well as freecycle and trashnothing.

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Arduinonatorjessyratfink

Reply 8 weeks ago

yes, I think so too. I like working with pallets beacase they are cheap and look good :)