Cube CPU Cart

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 02/21/2011 - 20:38
Difficulty
Beginner
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Roll this cute and functional CPU Cube cart under your desk to store CPU and other office items in style. Also could be used as an end table or even nightstand.

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Thank you to everyone who has been contributing posts and plans to our site.  I've been a little extra busy of late, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate you sharing your work.  I know the system we have in place is not user friendly for contributing (so sorry to those of you who submit brag posts or plans and they don't go through) and I am working long long long hours to create a system that we can all use with ease, and most importantly, spend less time trying to find the plans, and more time actually building them!

Like this plan, for example:

We are in the middle of putting an extra desk in my tiny office, and I'm thinking, how can I add more storage?  I really wanted a cart that rolls under a floating desktop, and found tons of inspiration from Pottery Barn Teen's Stuff Your Stuff CPU Cart.  But because of other not so fun stuff = less time to actually build  :(  sign, I didn't get a chance to build it.

But here is the equation that I like: better blog = more building time  :)  And that's why we are all here, right?  Because we all love to make sawdust fly.

Just wanted to give you a quick tour of this little guy, fondly called the CPU Cube Cart.  It's really designed for the CPU, but you could put just about anything in there.  I love how PB Teen puts Magazine Caddies in theirs.  Cubbies are sized for DVDs and a printer could go on top.

 

And there's more storage on this side too!

Sorry, nothing on the back  :(  but you could put a cork board or magnet board there.

UPDATE: Check out this CPU cart built by Darla and her daughter and posted on our Facebook Page!!!

Woodworking Plans for a cpu storage cart

Love that pink!

Dimensions
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Here are the exact dimensions. Note this does not include the caster wheels, which could add a few inches to your height, making the cart taller. Make sure you measure your desk. Also note that this cart uses 1x8s, and the width used for the 1×8 is 7 1/2″ wide. If your 1x8s are not 7 1/2″ wide, you will need to adjust the plan accordingly. You can do this by simply adding a little extra to the 1×8 @ 12″ (make it 12 1/4″ instead for 7 1/4″ wide 1x8s) and then subtracting a bit from the small shelf width. The easiest way to do all this is just to measure and cut as you go.

Preparation

Shopping List

1 – 1/2 Sheet of 3/4″ thick MDF or Plywood 1 – 1×8 @ 8 feet long 4 Caster Wheels 2″ screws or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws wood glue wood filler paint and finishing supplies

Cut List

3 – 1×8 @ 19 1/2″ (Cubby Partitions) 2 – 1×8 @ 6 3/4″ (Cubby Shelves) 2 – 3/4″ plywood or MDF @ 19 1/4″ x 21″ (partitions and side) 1 – 1×8 @ 12″ (Long Shelf) 2 – 3/4″ plywood or MDF @ 17″ x 21″ (top and bottom)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

Screw 2 1x8s Together

Screw 2 of the 1×8 boards @ 19 1/2″ long together. Either use 2″ screws countersunk and glue or pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Cubby Shelves

Mark the boards from step 1 on the insides down and up 6″ from the bottom and top. Then place your shelves and screw in place.

Step 3

Center Partition

Attach the center partition to the cubbies as shown above.

Step 4

Back

And add the remaining 1×8 board to the back. Well, I take that back. There is one more . . .

Step 5

Step 6

Top and Bottom

Attach the top and bottom to the shelves as shown above. Keep flush to the shelf side.

Step 7

Final Side

Attach the last remaining side as shown above. Use glue and 2″ screws or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Step 8

Caster Wheels

Finish with the caster wheels. If your wheels do not come with screws, you may need to purchase appropriately sized screws. Keep the screws under 3/4″ long to prevent your screws tips from poking out.

Fill all holes with wood filler. Let dry and sand and finish as desired.
BTW does anyone else think this could double as a modern style end table?

Comments

cakelady (not verified)

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 03:49

I think this would be great storage for homeschoolers and all our school stuff! Lovely!

I am still working on my farmhouse bed. It is coming along though.

kerry davis (not verified)

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 06:59

OMG - Ana, this is bumped to the top of my to-do list! I am in love with it. Love the corkboard idea, or you could add little hooks to hang whatevers on! Oooh, or a magnetic surface, or white erase, or chalkboard.
Thanks so much for these plans & making them look so easy!!
XoXoXo

Rhonda Tomlinson (not verified)

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:57

HMMMMMM . . . with a bit of re-sizing this will work wonders for a Cricut storage unit!!! Can't wait!! Finally, everything in one place!!!
Now ... if warm weather would stay around for more than one day.

Ana, Thank You for all your wonderful designs. You are simply amazing!

Dbvaig (not verified)

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 12:45

This is an awesome design.
I am a DJ, and plan on making this as an extension to my computer studio. With a few modifications and extra support, I bet it would be perfect for keeping my 12" vinyls out of sight when not in use!
Thanks to the poster!

Theresa (not verified)

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:24

This looks like something for all the video game stuff too. And one for my sewing room and one for the garage and a mini bar and laundry room supplies. Thanks Ana. Great plan.

Lynn (not verified)

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 01:51

This is great, as always. I will have to make one for my craft room for my cricut machine and accessories! One would be great in the kitches too for keeping all those small appliances. I could place them on top to use them and store them away underneath! Awesome.