This step by step diy woodworking project is about shop cart plans. If you want to learn more about building a shop cart, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Work with good judgement and take a look over the rest of the related workshop projects, as there are many other plans and designs to choose from. Adjust the size of the cart to suit your needs.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue t the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Shop Cart Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 32″ long, 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 11 1/2″ long BASE
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 28″x32″ long, 1 piece – 17 1/2″x32 long, 1 piece – 10″x32″ long FRAME
- C – 2 pieces of 1×1 – 30 1/4″ long, 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 10″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 11 1/2″x19 3/4 long, 1 piece – 11 1/2″x4 1/2″ long ENDS
- E – 4 pieces of caster wheels WHEELS
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- wood filler
- wood glue
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Building a shop cart
The first step of the woodworking project is about building the base of the cart. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to attach two 2×6 slats to 1×4 braces. Drill pilot holes through the braces and secure them to the slats with 1 1/4″ screws.
Add waterproof glue to the joints in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure. Make sure the corners are right-angled and leave the glue to dry out for several hours.
The next step of the woodworking project is to build the components of the cart. Mark the cut lines on the 3/4″ plywood sheets and get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper in order to get a professional result.
Assemble the workshop cart before attaching it to the base. Drill pilot holes through the bottom of the cart and insert the screws into the bottom components. Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws and add glue to reinforce the joints.
Drill pilot holes through the bottom of the cart and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the base. Add glue to the joints as to add strength to the structure.
Fit a piece of 3/4″ plywood to the side of the shop cart. Drill pilot holes along the edges and secure it to the frame with 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the edges in order to add strength to the structure.
Add 1×1 trims to the side of the cart in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure. Lock the trims into place with screws and waterproof glue. Work with attention in order to prevent mistakes and to get a professional result.
Add the caster wheels to the base of the shop cart. Work with attention and place the wheels with great care, otherwise the whole structure won’t be rigid enough on the long run. Add a nice 3/4″ plywood trim to the front of the cart to add character to the project.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the bar from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the cart in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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