Inspired by an industrial cart I saw on Pinterest, I decided to try my hand at building my own to save money. It's made from simple pine 2x12 shelves, castors and plumbing hardware. This is the perfect build for a beginner, as it's easy to get the boards cut at the store before you bring them home. I used Ron's Hardware for the plumbing supplies, they were incredibly fast, helpful, and half the cost of the big box stores.
NOTE: This project is much lighter than it appears, making it very easy to tip. As a precaution (I have a small child) I used four L-brackets to attach the cart to wall studs.
• 1 - 2x12x16
• 4 - casters (optional)
• 32 - 1/2" galvanized flanges (http://www.ronshomeandhardware.com/511-603HC-1-2-Galvanized-Floor-Flang…)
• 16 - 1/2" galvanized pipe at 18" (http://www.ronshomeandhardware.com/563-180HC-1-2x18-Galvanized-Pipe-p/2…)
• 150 - 3/4" screws
• finishing supplies (sandpaper, stain/paint)
5 - 2x12's @ 36"
Make sure all cuts are square. I got these cut in store to save money since one 2x12 is cheaper than two shorter ones. You have to keep an eye on those sales guys, one was cut an 1/8" short so I had to trim them all at home.
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Sand and stain/paint all your boards first.
Using the 3/4" screws, drill your casters into your first board at the four corners.
Flip the board over, and screw in your first 4 flanges.
Attach your first 4 pipes by manually screwing them in. You will need to check for square, the threading isn't always equal. Some will need to be banged with a hammer.
Set the next board on top, check for square, and drill the 3/4" screws into the flanges to attach your first shelf.
Repeat steps 3-6 for the next 4 boards until you reach the top. That's it!
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.