Cowboy Gun Cart from A Golf Cart
Gun Carts are getting popular with Cowboy Action Shooting where you go from stage to stage with shotgun, rifle, long range rifle, lever action long range rifle, and ammo for everything. (click on pic for large image)
Some are made completely from wood and have a “seat” near the bottom and built like a dolly. Some are built on a dolly frame. This one uses a golf cart, with bag holder removed and a wooden tray for the stocks and a small bar with 3/8″ dowel pegs for the barrels.
The following close ups will detail how it is done. Some parts of the metal were covered with wood-grain contact shelf paper to look more like wood.
The bottom tray measures 24″ wide, 8″ deep and 1 1/2″ high (outside dimensions). I used 3/4″ pine stock, later finished with a MinWax Stain and Polyurethane varnish. It’s one step and easy. Pieces are cut, nailed and glued together. Later it is bolted to the bottom bracket of the golf cart and rests on the bottom bracket of the golf cart. A layer of carpet would make a nice cushion addition for the bottom of the tray. I plan to do that later.
The top holder for the barrels, is 1 1/2″ by 3/4″ solid pine. With the outside end pieces, it measures 24″ overall long. 3/8″ holes are drilled in front and back of the long wooden piece. They can be as far or as close together as you wish. I made some larger than others for double barrel shotguns. Others can be more narrow for the small rifles. The 3/8″ dowels are cut 2 1/2″ long and glued into holes made about 1/2″ deep in the wood. This wood is bolted to the top bracket of the golf cart. Small bungee cords will tightly secure the guns in place. For a more traditional “cowboy” look, use rawhide to secure guns.
This is the rear view of the top wooden bar. The dowel pegs are used to tie cords that hold gun barrels. They could be shorter if you prefer. You could use hook eyes or anything else, but I thought this kept the all wooden “look” I was trying to achieve. Notice the wood-grain contact paper on handle and shaft. The handle nicely supports the saddle bags that hold ammo.
This last view is the side edge of the barrel holder. A right angle piece of the same wood stock makes a nice cap. It is 2 3/4″ long and can support a lot of weight. Sand all edges smooth before painting.