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How to Build a Flower Cart

A homemade flower cart is used to display flower arrangements in your yard. It holds either potted flowers or soil in which flowers are planted. A flower cart is constructed of pressure-treated wood that can withstand the elements of the outdoors. Most lumber yards and home improvement centers cut the wood you purchase for no cost. Save yourself the work and have your wood cut to the proper dimensions before you bring it home.

Things You'll Need

  • Power drill with 3/8” drill bit
  • 1 leg cross brace, 1 3/8” x 5 1/2” x 23 1/2”
  • 2 pine leg cross supports, 1 3/8” x 3 1/2” x 18 1/2”
  • Pencil
  • 4 wooden dowels, 1 1/2” x 3/8”
  • Wood glue
  • 2 clamps
  • 2 pine wheel legs, 1 3/8” x 3 1/2” x 22 3/4”
  • 32 #10 3 1/2” screws
  • Screwdriver
  • 2 axle stubs to fit steel wheels
  • 2 spoked steel wheels, 24” diameter
  • 2 pine back legs, 1 3/8” x 3 1/3” x 35 1/4”
  • 2 pine handles, 1 3/8” x 3 1/2” x 65”
  • 8 carriage bolts, 3” x 3/8”
  • 8 nuts, 3/8” diameter
  • 8 flat washers, 3/8” diameter
  • Socket wrench
  • 1 pine center support, 1 3/8” x 5 1/4” x 21 1/4”
  • 2 pine end supports, 1 3/8” x 3 1/2” x 21 1/2”
  • 5 pine box boards, 3/4” x 5 1/2” x 48”
  • Drywall nails
  • Hammer
  • 2 pine side boards, 3/4” x 5 1/2” x 48“
  • 2 pine box ends, 3/4” x 5 1/2” x 25 1/4”
  • 2 pine end rails, 3/4” x 2 1/2” x 26 3/4”
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    • 1

      Drill two separate 3/4-inch holes into each end (lengthwise) of the leg cross brace using a power drill equipped with a 3/8-inch drill bit. The holes should be evenly spaced and centered on the ends of the boards. Sandwich the leg cross brace between the two leg cross supports to form an “H.” Mark the locations of the leg cross holes on the leg cross supports with a pencil. Drill matching holes into the leg cross supports.

    • 2

      Apply wood glue to the inside of the drilled holes. Insert one wooden dowel into each of the holes in the leg cross supports. Push the dowels into the holes in the leg cross. Clamp each side of the “H.” Dry the glue for at least two hours before constructing the rest of the cart.

    • 3

      Attach the wheel legs to the ends of one of the leg cross supports (it doesn’t matter which) with four screws. Use two screws for each side of the leg cross support. The wheel legs should stick straight up. Attach the two axle stubs, one on each side, to the underside of the leg cross support. Attach a steel wheel to each stub using the nuts provided with the axle stubs.

    • 4

      Hold the leg cross brace so it is parallel to the ground. Let the weight rest on the wheels. Attach the back legs to the leg cross support opposite the wheels using four screws, two on each side. When you let go of the leg cross brace and the weight is supported by the wheels and the back legs, the leg cross brace should remain parallel to the ground. The top of the back legs and the wheel legs should be parallel as well.

    • 5

      Insert one of the washers onto each of the bolts. Position the handles to the top of the back legs and wheel legs on the outside of the legs. Align the handles so about 10 inches protrude out from the side with the wheels. Drill starter holes through the sides of the handles into the legs. Slide one washer onto each bolt. Insert one bolt into each hole and secure it with a nut using a socket wrench.

    • 6

      Position the center support in the middle of the handles. Align the top of the center support with the top of the handles. Secure the center support with screws.

    • 7

      Attach the end supports to the outside edges of the legs. Screw two screws into each side of both supports through the outside of the handles.

    • 8

      Position the side boards and board ends to make a rectangular box. Leave about 2 inches of space between the ends of the side boards and the board ends. Secure the pieces together with screws.

    • 9

      Attach the end rails to the ends of the side boards using screws and then flip the rectangle upside down.

    • 10

      Lay the box boards on the bottom of the rectangle to form a tabletop. Center the boards with the rectangle. It should overlap the sides. Secure the tabletop to the bottom of the rectangle with drywall nails. Flip the tabletop right side up.

    • 11

      Lay the tabletop on top of the cart. Secure the tabletop to the cart with drywall nails. Drive nails through the top of the tabletop into the center and end supports.