Since mid-February (I’m in Austin, y’all), I’ve been elbow deep in garden soil planting my veggies for spring. With arugula, lettuce, and Swiss chard growing like weeds, my hands have been full trudging back and forth from the garden to my kitchen. This month on Upholstery Basics, we build a garden cart from the ground up, complete with cubbies for tools, seeds, and cuttings, and a padded top for sitting or kneeling. Don’t have a green thumb? Use this as a kid-proof toy box indoors. —
Read the full how-to after the jump…
- 3/4″ thick plywood
- scrap of 1″ x 2″ wood (we only need 6″)
- 6′ of rope
- 4″ diameter x 8′ long PVC
- 1 3/4 yards of fabric (54″ wide)
- 1 3/4 yards of clear plastic (I used 16 gauge)
- white or yellow chalk
- staple remover
- wood glue
- power drill
- drill bit (slightly smaller diameter than your screws)
- Phillips drill bit
- 3/8″ diameter drill bit
- 1 1/4″ long wood screws
- measuring tape or yardstick
- rubber mallet
- sewing machine and thread
- hand stapling plier or t-pins
- staple gun
- 3/8″ staples
- 2″ thick high-density foam
- cardboard tack strip
Don’t forget to check out Upholstery Basics: Tool Time to learn more about the tools we’re using today.
Clear plastic fabric:
1. Whether you have your own table saw or are having the hardware store cut your wood and PVC, use the diagram below to measure and cut all the pieces you need for your garden cart. Even though I have my own saws, I often have Home Depot cut large pieces of wood so they’ll fit in my car. It also keeps my workshop sawdust-free!
2. We’ll upholster the cart in fabric and cover again in plastic so it’s extra cleanable and durable. Use the diagram below to draw and cut the fabric and plastic pieces needed for the cart. Use a pen to draw on the plastic.
4. Apply glue on the bottom bars of the furniture dolly and clamp the bottom piece of wood in place. Drill pilot holes through the bottom piece and bottom bars of the furniture dolly in the middle and corners of the two long sides.
16. For the fabric on the base of the cart, align the left side of one piece with the right side of the other (with good sides facing) and sew them together. Repeat this step to sew together the other two edges.
18. Follow the instructions from Upholstery Basics: Boxed Ottoman to sew the kneeling pad fabric together. Since I’m covering this in plastic, I nixed the welt cord.
19. Repeat steps 16-18 for the for the plastic.
22. With the corners snug and in place, smooth the fabric around the top edge and staple the fabric to the inside of the cart. Make cuts to release the fabric around the divider (steps 4 and 5, Upholstery Basics: Constructing Coil Seats – Part 2).
24. Refer back to Upholstery Basics: Boxed Ottoman to pad and attach the fabric to the kneeling pad. I used 2″ thick outdoor foam for mine.
26. Cut off excess fabric close to the staple line and staple cardboard tack strip on top of the cut edges. On the bottom of the kneeling pad, screw in the corner blocks on all four corners 1 1/4″ from the edges.
27. Staple both ends of the shorter rope to one side of the bottom of the kneeling pad. Keep the stapled ends 1 1/4″ inside the edge of the kneeling pad so the rope can lay inside the cart when the kneeling pad is in place.
- To keep your cart fresh for many seasons to come, use outdoor or marine grade fabric and plastic.
- Use nylon thread for sewing.
- Consider marine foam for better moisture resilience.
- Store your cart in a covered area.
- Wipe clean with a wet rag.