Ana White is a very popular DIY blogger who is all about encouraging people of all skill levels to get a little sawdust in their lives. She has so many excellent and very doable DIY projects on the Ana White blog.
She created this tutorial for a rolling storage cart especially for The Home Depot’s Do-It-Herself Workshops. The cart is quite versatile. It makes a terrific cart for gardening supplies. You might want to use it to organize school supplies in the run up to the first day of school. When the holiday season arrives, you could use it to organize wrapping supplies. There will always be a use for this cart.
When you’re a parent, you have enough things to worry about. The last thing you need is more stuff to add to the mess. Using tools and supplies from The Home Depot, I’ve built this easy and affordable Rolling Storage Cart . Here’s to making storage super stylish!
Materials for the Rolling Storage Cart
- 4×4 hardwood plywood sheet
- 3 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
- 6 – 1×3 @ 6 feet long
- 24 – 2-1/2” long self tapping screws (deck screws for exterior applications)
- 100 1-1/4” finish nails
- 12 – 2” wood screws
- 4 2” diameter caster wheels and screws to attach
Tools You’ll Need
- Ryobi 18-Volt One+ Lithium-Ion Drill
- Ryobi Drill and Drive Bit Set
- Ryobi One Plus 18-Volt 2 in. 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer
- Ryobi 14-Amp 10 in. Compound Miter Saw*
- Ryobi10 in. Portable Table Saw with Stand*
- Dremel Sander (optional)
* not necessary if you get your lumber cut at The Home Depot
- 4 – 2×4 @ 33”
- 6 – 2×4 @ 17-1/4”
- 3 – 3/4” plywood @ 48” x 15-3/4” 6 – 1×3 @ 15-3/4”
- 6 – 1×3 @ 49-1/2”
DIY Rolling Storage Cart Instructions
First, you’ll need to get all your cuts ready. Start by ripping the plywood panel into thirds, each 15-3/4” wide. If you’re using the cart for outdoor purposes, make sure you’re using an outdoor-suitable wood.
DIH Tip: “Rip” means cutting along the grain of the wood.
If you don’t have a table saw, ask the associates at your Home Depot store to rip the plywood down in size.
Always be sure to sand rough boards before beginning the assembly process.
Next, you will build each side by screwing your 17 1/4” 2x4s 16” apart from one another against your 30 1/2” cuts to build up our shelves.
Make sure you use the 2-1/2” self tapping screws. It’s best to leave the sides with some wiggle room, to make it easier to slide the shelves in.
Use two screws per joint.
DIH Tip: Self-Tapping screw make it easier to drill into surfaces.
DIH Tip: To make driving screws easier and prevent wood from splitting, pre-drill holes first.
Now that the sides are done, it’s time to get started on the shelves.
Attach your shorter 1×3’s with glue and 1 1/4” finish nails. This is where I used the brad nailer.
This cart can be easily modified to just two shelves – just leave the bottom shelf off!
DIH Tip: It’s best to glue from top to bottom to prevent any spillage.
Next do the same with your longer sides.
Repeat to make all three shelves and your cart is almost ready!
DIH Tip: Always use glue with nails, brads or staples.
Now it’s time to put it all together.
Make sure the ladder pieces have the flat side down, and attach the shelves with glue and 2“ wood screws. It’s best to use two screws per shelf end.
If you’d like to paint or stain your cart make sure to do so before this step! You can customize your cart by painting it any color you, or your family, want!
DIH Tip: If you’re painting or staining your cart, make sure you sand off any excess glue, so that you get smooth coverage.
Last, we will attach our caster wheels to the bottom of the cart.
To help the cart steer better, I recommend using fixed wheels on the back and swivel wheels on the front (much like a car steers). You can also leave the wheels off if you don’t want your cart to be mobile.
(See in the photo below how the screws stick to the drill? That’s the “MagTray” of the Ryobi One+ drill I’m using. It’s so convenient for keeping all the screws together and within reach as I work. Any help keeping things organized is a good thing!)
And just like that, your cart is ready to roll!
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This cart project was featured in one of our Do-It-Herself Workshops held at Home Depot stores across the country.
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This DIY rolling storage cart will the DIH Workshop project in August at ALL Home Depot stores, presented by our expert, orange-apron-wearing Home Depot associates.