Beach wheel chair

Beach wheel chair that only cost me around $140 to make (they sell online for $1200+)! Check it out!

The Beach Wheel Chair – Deluxe Version

Finished product first. Mother in law is having hip surgery and was worried she wouldn't be able to join us on the beach for the Fourth of July. We've been hanging out on the beach for the Fourth for years, and the thought of her back at the house alone was unacceptable. I was determined that she'd be with the family! Websites wanted $1200+ for a beach wheel chair. I knew I could do it for cheaper.
This is what I have seen at other beaches, but it retails for $1200

"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads." – Doc
Wanted something more like this but made out of PVC

This one starts at $2280
I started by going to the plumbing section of Home Depot and laying out the parts on the ground as I started visualizing what I was getting myself into. The parts list is as follows: 3 sections of 1.5" PVC piping, 4 45 degree elbows, 4 90 degree elbows, 2 caps, 2 cross fittings, 12 T's (some of mine are sanitary T's but that's because they didn't have enough regular T's), 12 3/8 6" carriage bolts with washers and nuts, 2 small sheets of 1/2" plywood, 1 sheet of foam insulation, 3 20×8-8 innertubes for lawnmowers, some PVC primer and glue, and 1 sheet of painter's canvas total ~$140. Husky Tax.
Started cutting the PVC with the chop saw – quick and easy. Pieced it together not gluing anything, trying to get sizing as shape down first. Fitted everything according to my own leg measurements – Ended up making it 14" wide at the top (which I later needed to widen), and then narrows down to 11" by the wheel. Each one is 13" in length.
Once I had all the pieces cut and fitting together, it was time to glue! When working with PVC you need to prime it first. The primer comes with a little brush inside and you rub it around. Make sure to get it good and primed.
Primer. Get it in there! Make sure any surface you're going to glue has it on it.
Both parts that are to be glued need to be primed. I don't have any glue pictures, but it's the same process and the glue goes on clear. Rub it all around, get it in there and then fit them together. I found that a rubber mallet was really useful for hammering the pieces together. Make sure to hold the pieces together for a few seconds while the glue sets, they will dry quickly but can shift if you don't hold them in place first.
Glued!
On to the tires. Wheeleez (official beach chair/cart tires) are crazy expensive for a small project like this. I'm on a budget so I went with these inner tubes for tires – I found them for $10 a piece. They come with the fluid inside that fixes small punctures, which is great because the beach we go to sometimes has little cactuses on the trails to get to the beach.
Basically followed this guys lead more or less for making the tires and rims: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKw50xNhDpU
Slowly cut circles of plywood (9 inches diameter) and insulation (9 inches and 7.5 inches diameter) to make a rim. Again following the previously mentioned Youtuber's idea.
First tire done. I decided to add some Duct Tape to protect the innertube from the wood. Bolted the two plywood pieces together with the foam sandwiched in-between. Watch the youtube video for a better description. Axle is just a metal rod from Home Depot.
Looking good… at least I thought so… Couple problems. The axle rod needed to be more secured – it would make a kind of snapping noise because it was freely moving around in the PVC tube. I fixed this by buying pipe caps and then drilling a hole in the caps for the axle rod. The other problem was that the frame width was too thin 🙁
The other problem was that I had to widen it so that it would be more comfortable to ride in.Figured I'd add in some more support to the front too since the front wheel area seemed to really bend the PVC when weight was added on the seat. Easy fix – needed some PVC extension/repair fittings to do the trick. So I cut it straight down the middle and started adding roughly 3 inches in width of extra PVC and used the extension fittings to connect them to the frame.
Here you can see the extra 3 inches of PVC that's been added in the middle of the frame with the little rings (extension fittings) that connect it to the frame. Also note the new support beam on the bottom that connects the front wheel area to the rear axle – did that with some T's connections, pretty straight forward.
Seat time! This was only $7 in the paint section at home depot. Perfect!
I cut the canvas to fit the seat. I decided to go with a Beach Chair look, that would be comfortable to sit in. No sense in making my Mother in Law move from the beach wheel chair to a different chair with a bad hip – this thing needs to be comfortable! So I cut two full seat size strips that would be able to wrap around the piping. Using E6000 multi surface fabric and plastic super glue- in addition to sewing the fabric to itself, I glued the fabric to the frame and then sewed it together. Did two separate layers of canvas on top of one another for some extra redundancy. No point in making this if it isn't safe. Used some clamps to press the glue to the frame while it cured.
Added cup holders- 1 for mother in law, 1 for me while pushing 🙂 Reinforced the innertubes with some Duct Tape as they were starting to look a little scratched from the pavement test runs. The Duct Tape works great. Also shortened the bolts on the wheels from 8 inches to 6 inches so that they weren't like a wheel off of a car from Mad Max.
Also added small piece of plywood to support carrying a cooler. This was just a simple bolt on addition of plywood and some bungees.
Done! Since I didn't cap the ends you can also fit an umbrella in! Whole project was around $140. (Note, this picture isn't the same as the first picture because imgur wouldn't let me upload the same photo twice, so this isn't the actual totally done picture, scroll back up for that)
Source : masterfoo from Reddit