Homemade Canoe Dolly

Homemade Canoe Dolly
A canoe provides a great way for individuals and groups to get into the great outdoors. Fresh air, great scenery, and exercise are some of the benefits associated with paddling a canoe. However, for many people, a canoe can be challenging to move due to its length and weight. Various canoe carts are available commercially, but before you open the old wallet consider making your own cart for a fraction of the money


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Empty plastic milk crate
  • Drill with 3/4-inch and 1/8-inch bits
  • 1/2-inch metal rod
  • Two 1-inch PVC end caps
  • Cotter pins
  • Two wheels
  • Foam pipe wrap (self stick)
  • Zip ties
  • Ratchet straps
Step 1
Drill a hole, using the 3/4-inch bit, in the center of the plastic strip that runs along the bottom of the milk crate. Turn the crate around and drill another hole in the strip on the opposite side from the first hole.
Step 2
Place the PVC end caps, with the closed end up, on a work surface. Using the same 3/4-inch drill bit, drill a hole through the center of both caps.
Step 3
Change the drill bit to a 1/8-inch and secure in the drill. Mark a point in the center of the rod that is 1 inch from the end. Repeat for the opposite end. Drill a 1/8-inch hole through the rod at the marked spots. The rod will be used as an axle for the dolly.
Step 4
Assemble the dolly by inserting the rod through the holes drilled along the bottom of the milk crate. Slide a PVC cap onto both ends of the rod so the open ends are positioned next to the crate. Place a wheel onto the rod on both sides followed by a 1/2-inch fender washer. Insert a retaining clip into the hole on each end of the rod.
Step 5
Cut a length of foam pipe wrap that will fit all the way around the top edge of the crate. Pull the adhesive protecting strip from the inside of the foam wrap. Position the wrap along the top edge of the crate for protection. Make small slits in the foam at the corners if necessary to achieve a good fit.

Tips & Warnings

Attach a few zip ties along the top to help secure the foam pipe wrap if needed.
Use ratchet straps to secure the canoe to the dolly while moving.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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