As of a couple of weeks ago I am a proud kayak owner.  I wasn’t exactly in the market for a kayak, I’ve kayaked a couple of times and enjoyed it, but never thought much more about it than that.  I do, however, live a couple of blocks from the beach…and I don’t surf…so when I came upon a nice kayak for only $100 at a garage sale, I knew what I had to do.

I haven’t taken it out yet because my paddle hasn’t arrived from Walmart.com yet, and because (until yesterday) I had no way to get it to the beach.  I figured I could build my own Kayak cart (damned things are expensive to buy), so I went to a thrift store to see what I might be able to find there with wheels on it…lo and behold, a walker for only $5!

I didn’t know exactly how at the time, but I figured I could make a kayak cart out of it…so here’s what I did.

Parts:

  1. Walker ($5).  This is the tough one and obviously the one that makes this tutorial pretty useless, unless you happen to have one of these sitting around.
  2. 6′ Luggage Straps, pack of 4 ($7 at home depot)
  3. Miscellaneous Zip Ties and a couple of 2.5″ bolts ($1)
  4. x4 Pipe Clamps (not sure if that’s what they’re called, you’ll see in a minute) $6

Step 1: Saw the back two legs off of the walker

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Step 2: Using the pipe clamps, fasten the wheels back onto the walker as shown here:

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Step 3: Once you’re satisfied that the wheels are on correctly and as straight as you can get them, drill a hole and run a bolt through the two poles so it stays in place

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At this point I used some zip ties to clean up the pipe clamp part

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Then I used some more zip ties to attach the straps to the frame

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And voila, we have an easy  $12 kayak cart!

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10 Responses to “DIY Building a Kayak Cart out of a Walker”  

  1. 1 Bill

    Brilliant! Ingenious! And oh so unique 🙂 I’m trying to find plans to build a walker out of two by twos and came across your site. Great photos, too.

  2. 2 jim

    Nice work, bro! I heard you were becoming quite a maker. Very cool.

  3. 3 Justin

    AWESOME IDEA!! Took me about 10 minutes to build! Cant wait to try tomorrow!

  4. 4 Ray

    Ingenious idea. I was thinking along the same lines but with an old outboard motor stand. One question though – What did you do with grandma?

  5. 5 John

    Thanks for the comments!

    Grandma fit easily into the closet, and we stopped hearing her banging around in there a few weeks back.

  6. 6 Michelle

    so cool! Will have to try this out.

  7. 7 Hugh Westmoreland

    Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog centered on the same information you discuss at http://www.johnpezzetti.com/2009/06/04/diy-building-a-kayak-cart-out-of-a-walker and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would appreciate your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

  8. 8 Joe

    Got it, and with my pool noodle covering the metal, it fits like a glove.
    Excellent cart, excellent idea. Thanks for sharing.

  9. 9 shorebreak

    Brilliant use of a walker! Old folks would be happy to see that! I’m gonna mount a walker on the deck of my kayak (with a board on top of it) as a casting platform after I figure out some pontoons.

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