Make your own candy cart: a mobile system to deliver sweets at your wedding

A candy cart is standing in a field.
Use the candy cart to keep your wedding guests well supplied with sweets.

  • Difficulty
    medium
  • Cost
    85 £
  • Duration
    4-5 h

Introduction

It is your task to ensure your wedding guests have everything they want and need. And why not try something special like a candy cart – for after dinner or whenever your guests feel like something sweet. Our mobile wooden cart helps ensure every guest gets their fill of sweets. We’ll show you how to build a candy cart in a few simple steps.

Have you heard about our 18-volt system yet? It offers a very wide variety of devices for many uses. The thing that makes the project below so special is that you can use the same rechargeable battery for every part of this project. Simply swap out the battery pack, insert it into a different device that is part of the 18-volt system and continue to the next step.

It should go without saying that your safety is paramount throughout every step of the project, so make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. You can find everything you need to know about the correct protective clothing you need when using each type of tool in our overview.

You need
Utilities
  • pencil
  • g-clamps
  • screwdriver
  • pocket rule
  • adhesive tape
  • wood glue
Materials
  • Old wooden chest
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Three strips of wood (same length as the chest)
  • Small wooden boards (choose boards in accordance with size of the wheelbarrow’s frame)
  • 15 mm plywood boards
  • 5 mm plywood boards
  • Torx screws (4 x 40 mm)
  • Torx screws (3.5 x 20 mm)
  • Bubble wrap
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 10

Sanding the chest

An old wooden chest is being sanded.
It may take some time to sand the chest based on its condition.

You need: Multi-sander, G80 sanding paper, Old wooden chest

In the first step, all you’ll need is an old wooden chest. Where could you find one? Maybe in your nana’s attic? No luck there? Then you’re sure to find one on an online classifieds site.

Sand the entire chest down so that you can apply a new coat of varnish later on.

Step 2 10

Unfastening and detaching the tray

The screws used to attach the tray to the wheelbarrow are being unfastened.
Diagram indicating that the tray needs to be removed from the wheelbarrow.

You need: screwdriver, Wheelbarrow

Let’s get started with the wheelbarrow by removing the tray from the frame. With most wheelbarrows, all you’ll need to do is remove a few screws (image 1).

A more detailed illustration can be found in the diagram above (image 2).

Step 3 10

Building the support for the chest

Use a pocket rule to measure out intervals for the base frame.
Three small wooden boards made of rhombus slats which have been cut to size are fastened to the frame of a wheelbarrow.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Wood Drill Bit Set, Suitable bit set, Jigsaws, BIM jigsaw blade, T 308 BF, g-clamps, Matching screws, Small wooden boards (choose boards in accordance with size of the wheelbarrow’s frame)

You will need to offset any differences in the height of the frame to ensure the wooden chest will be level when you fasten it to the frame. Begin by measuring the height of the frame at the front and back (image 1). This step is important to ensure you choose the right thickness for the piece of wood you’ll be using to offset the difference in height.

Now saw small wooden boards that fit exactly on the frame. Choose the thickness of the boards you’ll be using based on the measurements you previously made (difference in height between the front and back of the frame).

Then screw the boards to the front and back part of the frame to form a ‘U’ (image 2). Choose the screw size based on the size of the holes found in the frame of the wheelbarrow. Ideally, you should pre-drill holes with the matching diameter using a Brad point drill bit.

Step 4 10

Attaching the chest

A large wooden chest is being fastened to the frame of a wheelbarrow.
Make sure to place the chest in the centre of the small support you made.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Suitable bit set, Torx screws (4 x 40 mm)

Now use four screws to fasten the chest from the inside to the wooden support you installed on the wheelbarrow.

Step 5 10

Reinforcing the chest and decorating it

A wooden slat is being screwed to an old wooden chest.
A wooden slat is being screwed to an old wooden chest.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Suitable bit set, Torx screws (4 x 40 mm), Three strips of wood (same length as the chest)

Is your chest old and falling apart? Then attach a decorative wooden slat to the lower end to add a bit of stability and spruce it up. To do this, measure the length and width of the chest, cut the wooden slats to size and fasten them to the chest using screws.

This step is optional.

Step 6 10

Measuring the internal dimensions of the chest

The inner dimensions of a wooden chest are being measured using a pocket rule.
A diagram of a chest shows which sides you’ll need to measure.

You need: pocket rule

You’ll need the precise inner dimensions of the chest for each of the steps to follow. Grab a pocket rule and make the measurements (image 1). In the diagram (image 2), you’ll see the height C (here: 320 mm), width (910 mm) and length (410 mm). Ideally, you should jot down the measurements on a piece of paper.

Step 7 10

Building and sealing the inner box

A diagram shows the length of the sides of the wooden slats for the box.
A box made of plywood boards is standing on a workbench.
A box made of plywood boards is being screwed together.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Suitable bit set, g-clamps, adhesive tape, wood glue, 15 mm plywood boards (sized to match your chest), Torx screws (3.5 x 20 mm), Bubble wrap

To keep the contents of your candy cart cool during those hot summer days, you’ll need a watertight inner box.

You can build one out of simple 15 mm plywood boards cut to the appropriate size. The diagram (image 1) shows how much shorter each of the boards needs to be in relation to the dimensions of the chest.

Calculate the dimensions you’ll need and have an employee at the DIY store cut them to size.

Arrange the boards on the workbench to form a box (image 2). Use a bit of wood glue to hold the pieces together.

Then screw the boards together to make the box (image 3).

In the final step, place the bubble wrap inside the inner box so that it covers the entire surface. Please note: Take care not to cut the bubble wrap while cleaning the inner box. If not, it will leak.

Use adhesive tape to fasten the bubble wrap in place.

Step 8 10

Cutting the wooden parts for the tray and its compartments to the desired size

A diagram shows the length of the sides of a box containing several compartments.
A piece of a wooden panel is being sawn out using a jigsaw.
The end of a plywood board is being sanded.

You need: Multi-sander, G80 sanding paper, Jigsaws, BIM jigsaw blade, T 308 BF, g-clamps, 5 mm plywood boards (sized to match your chest)

You’ll want to offer a range of different sweets at your candy cart. To make this possible, we’ll give you instructions on how to build a tray containing multiple compartments for your chest.

You’ll again need 5 mm plywood boards cut to the size that will fit in your chest. In total, you will require five short side walls and dividers, two long side walls and one bottom panel. Refer to the diagram (image 1) for the dimensions.

Cut everything to the desired length (image 2) and then sand the cut edges (image 3).

You’ll also need four small wooden handles made from squared timbers, two that are roughly 200 mm in length and two that are 375 mm long. Cut them to size and sand off the edges.

Step 9 10

Assembling the tray and compartments

Several thin plywood boards standing upright are being taped to a large wooden board.
A sideboard made of plywood is being attached to the bottom panel.
A tray containing multiple compartments made of several wooden boards is lying on a table.
Two small wooden slats are being glued to a plywood board and secured in place using G-clamps.
One small wooden slat is being glued to a plywood board and secured in place using G-clamps.

You need: g-clamps, adhesive tape, wood glue, Plywood boards (sized to match your chest)

Have you cut and sanded all the pieces?

Then place the bottom panel and two long side walls next to them on your workbench. Fix in place using adhesive tape (image 1). Use the short dividers as spacers.

Apply a bit of wood glue to the bottom edge of the long side walls and tilt them up so that they are standing upright on the bottom panel. Use more tape to fasten them in place (image 2).

Now glue the short side walls and dividers to the bottom panel (as seen in image 3) and to the long side walls. Let the glue dry fully.

Now use wood glue to attach the two small handles to the centre divider and G-clamps to hold this all in place (image 4).

Then apply glue to the two longer squared timbers and attach them to the two short outer sides (image 5). This will prevent the tray from falling all the way into the large inner box.

Step 10 10

Finally assembly and painting

A diagram illustrates how all the pieces of the mobile candy bar fit together.
A box with the undercarriage of a wheelbarrow is standing on a parquet floor.
A box with the undercarriage of a wheelbarrow is standing on a parquet floor.

Well done! Once the glue has fully dried, all the parts for your candy cart are ready. Now you can put them together. In step one, slide the inner box with the bubble wrap installed in it into the large chest. Place the small upper tray on top of but not inside the box, so that it is resting on the edge of the box on the squared timbers (image 1). Practical: The tray is easy to put in and take out of the open wood chest (image 2).

If you want to add your special touch, you can paint it in any colour that inspires you. But remember to sand any surface you’ll be painting beforehand.

We hope you have a great wedding and enjoy the candy cart.