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- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 93″ long, 2 pieces – 15″ long, 2 pieces – 18″ long FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 18″x96″ long FLOOR
- C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 8″x49 1/2″ long SIDES
- D – 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 96″ long, 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4 1/4″x18 3/4″ long TRIMS
- E – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long SUPPORTS
- 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
How to build a panel cart
First of all you need to build the two sides for the bottom frame. Make parallel cuts to the marked area using a circular saw and use a chisel to remove the excess. Clean the surface with sandpaper.
Next, you need to assemble the frame for the cart. Cut the rest of the components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the sides and inset 2 1/2″ screws into the 93″ long joists. Then drill pilot holes through the 93″ long joists and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the 15″ long joists. Make sure the corners are square. Align the edges with attention for a professional result.
Next, you should drill pilot holes through the front and back joists and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the supports for the caster wheels.
Continue the project by cutting the sides for the cart. Use 3/4″ plywood or 1×10 lumber for these components. Mark the cut lines on the slats or plywood and get the job done with a circular saw.
Make the notches to the vertical supports, as shown in the diagram. Make sure you take accurate measurements, otherwise the horizontal components won’t fit into place.
Attach the vertical supports to the frame, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the vertical supports and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the joists. Add glue to the joints for a better bond.
Build the floor for the cart from 3/4″ plywood. Use a circular saw to make cuts to the sides of the plywood panels. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a professional result.
Fit the plywood panel to the floor and secure it to the joists using 1 1/4″ screws. Align the edges with attention, before inserting the screws.
Next, fit the horizontal supports to the side components. Use 8′ long 2×4 lumber slats for the job. Drill pilot holes at both ends and secure them to the vertical components and insert 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints.
One of the last steps is to attach the 4″ caster wheels to the bottom of the cart. Use 1 1/4″ screws to lock the caster wheels to the supports.
Next, attach the trims to the bottom frame of the scrap lumber cart. Fit a piece of 1×6 lumber to the front face of the cart. In addition, cut trims for the sides of the cart out of 3/4″ plywood (4 1/4″ x 18 3/4″). Use 1 1/4″ screws to lock the trims to the bottom frame of the cart.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Remember that you can adjust the design of the scrap panel cart to suit your needs.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the components from decay, we recommend you to apply paint or stain.
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