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When doing something in your garden, how many times have you had to make multiple trips to gather up the tools and supplies you need to do your gardening?  This garden cart will help with that.  It has a back shelf for small tools like garden trowels, a tool support for large tools like shovels and rakes, and a front shelf that will hold a bag of fertilizer or mulch.  To make this useful cart, you need the following supplies:


1/4 sheet 1/2” exterior plywood




1X20” dowel

Threaded rod 1/2 X 36”

Lawn Mower Wheels 7” (2 required)

Lock nuts, 1/2” (2 required) and 1/2 “ washers (4 required)

Box 3 1/2 inch wood screws

Box 2 inch wood screws

10 1” wood screws

Cut these materials into the following pieces:

Cut 2X4 into 2 2X2X36 inch pieces

Front piece 1/2 plywood 18””X24”

Horizontal braces 2X2X15 (2 required)

Bottom 1X12X18”

Bottom side supports 2X2X 10 (2 required)

Top supports 2X2X10 (2 required)

Sides 1/2” plywood, 9X9 (2 required)

Tool supports 1 X 4 1/2 X 18” (2 required)

Handle supports 1X2X7 (2 required)

Back shelf side pieces 1X3X6” (2 required)

Back shelf front 1X3X15”

Back shelf bottom 1/2” plywood 6 2/4 X 15”

Back shelf bottom cleat 3/4X3/4X15”

Front foot 1X1X5

Next, take the front piece and the upright supports and connect them.

Take the two 15” horizontal stabilizers and place them at the top and bottom of the front piece.

Next, attach 1 X 12 X 18 “ piece at the bottom of the other side of the front piece.

Take the tool supports and mark out where you want the holes.  Using a 1 1/2 inch forsener bit, drill the holes in both boards, making sure they match.

Place two 10” upper supports in place on the top of the structure.

Cut a notch in the back of the bottom tool support so it will go in the space with out a problem.

Install the tool supports to the structure.

Make a 5/8” hole in each of the two 10” bottom supports.  Attach the supports to the bottom of the bottom piece, making sure they are aligned and the rod fits in them.

Put the sides on the bottom shelf.

Take the bottom and sides of the back shelf and attach them.

Attach this to the floor of the back shelf.

Attach cleet to bottom of the opening of the shelf.

Attach shelf to back side of structure by using cleat.

Drill a 1” hole in each handle support and attach them to the structure at the top.

Insert dowel rod in holes and drill a screw through the handle support and dowel rod on each side to hold it there.

Take foot piece and cut into blunt triangle.  Attach it to the front bottom of structure.

Dun threaded rod through holes in wheel support.  Put a washer, than the wheel, then a washer, then the lock nut on each side.  Cut off any excess threaded rod.  Here is the finished cart from the back.

The finished cart from the front.

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