This step by step diy project is about storage cart plans. This detailed project features instructions and diagrams about building a basic storage cart. If you want to ease you work in the shop or garden, we recommend you to check out these instructions. Strange as it might seem, building the cart is not expensive and you can get the job done using just common materials and tool found in your household.
It is essential to choose the right materials before starting the construction and the assembly of the cart. As you will see in the project, you need to choose durable lumber with a nice appearance, such as pine, cedar or redwood. Make sure the components are in a good visual condition and choose professional tools when adjusting their size. Take accurate measurements and join the components with glue and screws. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 32″ long SIDES
- B – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 18″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x16 1/2″ long SHELVES
- D – 6 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 48″ long, 6 pieces – 18″ long TRIMS
- E – 4 caster wheels – 3″ long CASTER WHEELS
- 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 5 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft
- 4 caster wheels – 3″
- 1 1/2″ nails
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- wood glue, stain/paint
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses
Building a storage cart
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the supports for the storage cart. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the components out of 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the horizontal components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the vertical supports.
Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws. Add glue to the joints to create a rigid structure.
The next step of the woodworking project is to build the shelves for the storage cart. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the shelves out of 3/4″ plywood and to drill pilot holes along the edges.
Build the trims for the shelves out of 1×3 lumber. Cut the components at the right size and secure them to the shelves using finishing nails. Leave no gaps between the components.
Continue the project by fitting the shelves to the structure, as seen in the plans. It is essential to align the components with great care before inserting the screws through the supports, otherwise the cart won’t have a professional result.
Plumb the supports with a spirit level before inserting the screws, and make sure the shelves are perfectly horizontal. Smooth the exposed edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
In order move the storage cart easily, we recommend you to install caster wheels to the bottom of the supports. Fit the wheels with great care and secure them into place by using 1 1/4″ galvanized screws.
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: In order to protect the lumber from water damage, we recommend you to cover the components with several coats of paint. Place the storage cart in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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