I don't have plans, as I just made it up as I went along, but just finished mine and put it out this week
Its a small cart, so that I could just wheel it into the garage at the end of the day.
here are the basic steps I performed - I am a very amateur woodworker:
- built a box out of 1x12 pine with glue and pocket hole screws
- added 1/2 inch plywood "top" (where honey sits)
- used 1x4 pine as overlapped trim piece around top with extensions on long sides shaped into handles
- added 1-inch dowel to handles
- bolted on 2x3 studs into box for legs
- ripped 1x4 in half and made lower leg braces (could have put ply on top for lower shelf but didn't)
- added 5/8th inch solid axle
- added pneumatic 10-inch wheels (can be found at any hardware store - farm & fleet had best supply and cheapest)
- bolted 2x3 studs at ends inside box for roof supports
- "framed roof" with left over ripped in half 1x4 and added 1/4 inch plywood roofing
- sewed roof canopy with some left over outdoor upholstery fabric - I am an amateur seamstress, but it came out fine :shock:
- added poker style money drop box with stainless steel drop slot frame
- bought super cool honey bee "spinner" - my favorite part of whole set-up :-D
- bought standard metal "local honey for sale" sign from Dadant
- pounded 12 inch pvc pipes into ground so I could just slip sign legs into and out of them to bring sign in easily
Not really sure of final cost. I have to believe that I spent $80 at least on wood. Hardware was another $15. wheels were $10 each (say another $5 for axle). I already had outdoor fabric for canopy. Poker style drop box with upper frame cost about $30 - obviously you could just bolt a $10 cash box on top of your cart. Spinner cost me $30. Sign cost $25 (you can buy plastic corrugated ones for $6). Legs for sign cost me $8 (fabricated out of tall garden stake). Paint was all leftover paint.
So, what am I up too . . . . something probably around $240 if I include some shipping costs for ordered items and things I forgot . . . boy, I better sell some honey!
Actually, I give half of my honey proceeds to some local charity group, so it will take time to really re-coup my build costs, but it is a hobby for me, so I doubt I will ever come out ahead on all my beekeeping purchases . . . . labor of love :)
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