How to build a Wooden Platform Cart

A handy platforn cart for the garden

Allie pushing a platform cart


This wooden platform cart was originally made for another specific purpose: we needed some type of implement to stand on in order to trim the top of the hedge.

It had to be something that was stable and yet could be easily moved.

Hence, the platform cart.

Anyway, the wooden platform cart has since became the most useful and utilized implement in the garden and around the yard.

It is used as a standing platform, a plant pot mover, a portable bench seat and the grandkids use it to climb up onto the trampoline.

Not a day goes by without the cart being used for one thing or another.

The push cart is made out of 150mm x 20mm (3/4″ x 6″) boards for the platform and 90mm x 45mm (1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) and 70mm x 45mm (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″)
wood for the frame.

The wheels and axle were sourced from an old hand truck.

platform cart plans and individual parts

platform-cart project plans and parts

Cutting list

platform-cart cutting list

Cut all the pieces

First cut all the pieces to length as given in the ‘cutting list’.

Some pieces need to be angle-cut and shaped. There is a drawing of every piece of wood on the previous page.

The handle shape can be easily marked by using the grid plan (see the previous page).

Step 1. Make up the sides

The sides of the garden wooden platform cart

Nail the front legs [d] and the back legs [c] to the side pieces [a].

The two sides must be made up as a mirror image of each other.

Us the picture as reference.

Step 2. Add the strengtheners

strengthen the sides of the wooden platform cart

Nail the strengtheners [a2] to the sides [a] and the front and back legs [c, d].

Drill and bolt through the strengthener [a2], side [a] and the front leg [d] on each side.

Use 10mm (3/8″) galvanized carriage bolts.

Step 3. Fix the two end pieces

complete the external frame work on the wooden wooden platform cart

Nail the two end pieces [b, b2] to the sides [a], strengtheners [a2] and the front and back legs [c, d] making a rectangle.
This rectangle serves as the outside frame of the wooden push cart, albeit upside down.

If need be, refer to the plan and parts drawing on page two for part identification (part numbers and letters).

Step 4. Fix the inner frame

Fix in place the inner frame members [e, f] and the leg braces [c2, d2].

the platform cart frame The inner frame in the wooden garden platform cart

Step 5. Add the platform boards

The platform boards on the top of the wooden platform cart

Turn the unit the right way up and add the platform boards [g].

Use 60mm (2″ or 2 1/2″) galvanized flathead nails and nail the platform boards [g] to the side strengtheners [a2] and the inner frame members [e, f].

Step 6. Add the axle and wheels

The wheels and axle on the garden platform cart

Turn the unit upside down and add the wheel and axle set.

Fix the axle to the front legs [d] with pipe saddle clips and galvanized metal strap (or with other suitable fixings).

Note: This particular wheel and axle set was sourced from an old hand truck.

If you source a wheel and axle set with a different wheel diameter and axle width, then you will need to make suitable adjustments to the

Step 7. Add the handles

The handles added to the garden platform cart

Simply a matter of adding the handles and…

platform cart project completed


Keep it away from the kids and you might even get a turn yourself!

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