If you’re looking for a way to get the kids up from in front of the telly and out
into the sunshine, why not build a billycart?
You can get all the parts at your
local hardware store: wheels and axles, timber, plywood, fasteners and a bit of
Tool-wise, you’ll only need a drill, saw, a couple of spanners and a pair
This is a traditional billy cart that’s cheap and easy to build, but is
strong and safe. It’s just the thing to get the kids outdoors.
Step 1: Cut the parts. You can use a
power saw for a quick job, or maybe get the kids to help with a handsaw.
Neatness is not really important, so if the kids can’t cut quite square it’s
okay. You’ll need to assemble the wheels to the axles so you can measure the
lengths of the axle support timber then screw the axles to the supports.
Step 2: Assemble the seat with 40mm
countersunk screws. Screw the chassis bar and rear axle support to the seat.
Drill the pivot hole in the centre of the front axle support. Sit the kids
in the seat to find the position for the pivot bolt in the chassis bar. It’s
important that the rider is able to turn the front wheels without a foot
falling off the support. If you have kids in a wide variety of sizes, you
can drill several holes in the chassis bar and adjust to suit. The pivot
bolt must have a locking nut to prevent it from vibrating off.
Step 3: Drill two 10mm holes in the
front axle support and tie-off the steering rope. Fit the brake lever (again
using a locking nut)
Step 4: Put the head-gear on the kids
and have fun!
We’ve added a hand-brake since Monte’s accident, and don’t worry – only his
pride was hurt.
For the complete instructions, parts and shopping list, please
click here to download the PDF.