How to Build a Fruit Cart

Raul Avenir

A fruit cart can be reminiscent of fruit vendors selling neatly arranged fruits on top of a mobile fruit stand in areas where there is pedestrian traffic. Fruit carts allow you to display your merchandise while giving you the ability to move your business anytime and anywhere there are more customers.

You need an attractive fruit cart to help you sell more fruits.

Cut the Wood

  1. Cut a rectangular piece of plywood measuring 36-by-24 inches with a wood saw and label the piece as A. Cut another rectangle measuring 36-by-26 1/2 inches and label this as B. Cut three pieces of rectangular plywood measuring 24-by-28 inches and label these pieces as C, D and E.

  2. Cut two pieces of rectangular plywood measuring 36-by-28 3/4 inches and label these pieces as F and G. Cut four square pieces of 3/4-inch plywood measuring 6 inches on each side and label these as F, G, H and I. Cut two 40-inch-long pieces from a 2-by-2-inch thick piece of wood and label these as J and K.

  3. Cut two 20-inch-long pieces from a 2-by-2-inch thick piece of wood and label these as L and M. Cut one 24-inch-long piece from a 2-by-2-inch thick piece of wood and label this piece as N.

Assemble the Cart

  1. Hold the plywood in front of you with its length (36 inches) parallel to the horizon. Label the right end of the plywood as North, the left end as South, the bottom side as East and the top side as West. Lay plywood A on a flat surface and draw a straight line across its center from East to West. Match the width of plywood A (24 inches) with the width of plywood C (24 inches) and D. Stand plywood C and D upright on the North and South end of plywood A. Align the edges and corners of all pieces flush and nail plywood C and D upright onto each end of plywood A.

  2. Stand plywood E upright on top of plywood A with its short side (24 inches) sitting along the center line you marked in the previous Step and nail plywood A onto E in the same manner as C and D. At this point, you have three pieces of equal-sized plywood standing aligned side by side with each other on top of plywood A.

  3. Match the length of plywood A (36 inches) with the length of plywood F (36 inches) and stand plywood F upright on the East side of plywood A. Hold plywood F against the end of plywood C, D and E. Align the edges of the pieces. Nail plywood F onto the end of plywood C, D and E. Repeat the same procedures to attach plywood G onto the West side of plywood A. At this point, the structure resembles a shoe box without its top cover.

  4. Place plywood B on top of the box and align its edges and corners flush against the pieces below it. Nail plywood B onto the top of each plywood underneath it. Divide the length of the box (North to South) into two and draw a vertical line along the center on the East side to divide the side of the box into two sections (left and right).

  5. Draw an outline of a square measuring 12-by-18 inches (width and height) on the center of each left and right section you created in the preceding Step. Center the rectangle vertically and align both figures horizontally, but leave 4 inches distance in between both figures. Cut out each rectangular outline with a jigsaw. Reattach each cut wood into its corresponding spot, using two cabinet hinges on each inner end of the rectangle.

  6. Mount the push bar of the cart by attaching wood N horizontally onto each protruding end of wood J and K. Align all ends together and nail each end of wood N onto the end of wood J and K.

  7. Turn the cart upside down and nail plywood G, H, I and J squarely onto each corner of plywood A. Screw each wheel onto the center of each square plywood, but place the rigid wheel on the front of the cart. Turn the cart upright and apply wood putty to cover all gaps between woods. Sand the wood with medium-grit sandpaper once the putty has dried.

  8. Mount a 12-inch G.I. pipe with a 3/4-inch diameter vertically onto any side of the cart using a pipe clamp to serve as an umbrella bracket. Paint the cart according to your artistic design and desired color.

  9. Tip

    Screw steel corner braces along each corner inside the cart to add structural stability and to reinforce the walls. Use a square measuring tool to verify that all corners are square and plumb. Imagine a shoe box to help you visualize the shape and form of the food cart, and to help you know how the parts will come together when assembling the cart. Draw a line 3/8-inch from the edge of each plywood to serve as a guide when driving nails into the wood.


    Read the cart wheel manufacturer's wheel load limit to avoid accidents caused by a broken wheel. The cart is designed to carry fruits that will fit on top and inside the cart. To avoid structural damage, do not overload the cart.