How Do I Construct a PVC Fishing Cart?

How Do I Construct a PVC Fishing Cart?
A day of fishing requires various types of gear, and experienced anglers know that just one piece of each equipment isn't always enough. Often fishermen need multiple poles, different types of bait, a tackle box and a storage cooler for fish. Carrying all this equipment can be a chore; a dropped fishing rod or tackle box can create unnecessary stress and hassle. A fishing cart allows you to pull all of the equipment you need for the day along behind you, while keeping your fishing experience organized so you can spend more time with your line in the water.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Jig saw
  • 2 sawhorses
  • Hacksaw
  • Drill
  • Sheet metal screws
  • PVC tape
  • Paintbrush
  • PVC adhesive
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • 30-foot PVC pipe, 2-inch diameter
  • 2 PVC T-joints
  • 8 PVC elbow joints
  • 4 L-brackets
  • 4-by-2-foot plywood board
  • 2, nine-inch rubber wheels, preattached to brackets
  • 2-foot-long, 2-by-4-inch board
  • 2-by-4-by-4-inch board
Step 1
Lay the PVC pipe across the sawhorses. Measure and cut the the pipe into the following lengths with the hacksaw: two 11-inch lengths, four 1-foot lengths, four 4-foot lengths and four 2-foot lengths.
Step 2
Arrange a rectangle using two of the 4-foot lengths and two of the 2-foot lengths. Fit T-joints at the corners of the rectangle with the open connector on each one facing upward.
Step 3
Dip the paintbrush into the PVC adhesive and apply it to the ends of each of the pipes in the rectangle; fit the ends of the pipes into the T-joints. This rectangle is the base of the fishing cart.
Step 4
Paint adhesive onto one end of each of the 11-inch lengths and then fit those ends into a T-joint to create a 2-foot-long section with a vertical connector in the middle.
Step 5
Create a second rectangle frame, repeating Steps 2 and 3, except this time use the section you created in Step 4 as one of the 2-foot sides. Before the adhesive dries, flip the rectangle upside down so the open connectors around the corners are facing downward. Twist the 2-foot section from Step 4 so the open connector in the middle is at a 45-degree upward angle and is facing the outside of the frame.
Step 6
Paint adhesive onto one end of each of the 1-foot sections of PVC pipe and slide them into the upward-facing, open connectors around the corners of the first rectangle frame you made. Paint adhesive on the free ends of the 1-foot lengths and slide the open connectors around the corners of the second rectangle frame down over them. You should now have a 2-by-4-by-1-foot rectangle frame.
Step 7
Apply adhesive to one end of the last 2-foot length of pipe and insert it into the T-joint connector that is at a 45-degree angle at the front of the cart. Securely attach the remaining T-joint to the end of this 2-foot section to act as a handle with which to pull your cart.
Step 8
Flip the cart on its side; align the 2-foot-long, 2-by-4-inch board to the rear, underside 2-foot length of PVC pipe and screw it into place with the drill. Attach the nine-inch wheels to both ends of this board.
Step 9
Align the 2-by-2-by-4-inch board in the middle of the underside of the 2-foot length of PVC pipe at the bottom of the frame directly below the T-joint used to attach the handle. Drill three screws from the top side of the pipe in a triangle pattern through the pipe and into the wood. This wood will act as a stand for your cart when it is not being pulled.
Step 10
Rotate the cart so it stands upright. Rest the plywood board on top of the frame; mark an outline of the corners of the PVC frame on the board. Cut out the corners using the jigsaw. Slide the board down to the bottom of the frame and attach to the PVC using the L-brackets and screws to form the bed of the cart.

Tips & Warnings

Attach additional vertically positioned PVC pipes around the outsides of the frame that can hold your fishing poles.
Replace the rubber wheels with inflatable ones if you plan on pulling the cart across sand.

Article Written By Jacob Hendriks

Jacob Hendriks' work has appeared in "The Western Front," "The Planet Magazine" and He graduated from Western Washington University with a major in international business management and a minor in Community Health. Hendriks' passion for sports nutrition and fitness, combined with experience as a personal trainer, has led him to pursue health-oriented journalism.

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