Reader Project: Trash to Treasure Beach Cart
After many years of going to the beach, Brian Seccurro realized that all of the beach trappings that you drag back and forth everyday, sometimes draw a thin line between a vacation and a summer job.
After many years of going to the beach, Brian Seccurro realized that he was working way too hard when it comes to dragging all of his family’s stuff through the sand.
“I have seen and salivated over those beach carts in various forms that you can use to schlep your sand supplies out to the shore, but I always saw some flaws with the designs. Due mostly to the fact that aside from the essentials (towels, sand toys, umbrella, etc.), most of the carts I saw were basically glorified laundry hampers on semi-sand-trekking wheels. Faced with a new vacation spot that demanded a good 75-yard hike out to the surf, I set out to the junk pile to make myself a custom beach cruiser.”
“I compiled a list of the things I wanted to haul, and first on the list was my faithful cooler, which is a must-have for my family. We like to set up shop and stay out on the beach all day, so you have to have cold drinks and some food, for sure. I created the design of my beach cart around that cooler. Using pieces from an old weight gym (I’ve got the belly to prove it was no longer in use), scrap metal from a garage door opener track, and a set of wheels from a lawn mower, I welded, beat, banged and assembled my dream beach buggy.”
“At the last stages of construction, I realized that a portion of the old garage door opener was nearly a perfect fit for an umbrella pole. Those rusty cogs in my head kept turning, and I created another solution to my beachside woes. A little game the wind likes to play, called steal your umbrella and play lawn darts with it. Sounds fun, I know. With some fitment tweaks and an old pair of locking pliers, I was able to anchor two umbrellas to the buggy and make the handle on it fold to allow it to be used as an anchor to the sand. It also has a prop rod for easier loading. All said and done, I had minimal time and minimal money invested in this beach cart. Finally, I had to purchase a can of spray paint. My wife was in charge of aesthetics and, as usual, vetoed my original plan to go with two-tone rust on rust. Some projects work and some don’t, but this beach cart made an already great vacation perfect.” – Brian