Rolling Cart Nightstand by More Like Home

Submitted by Georgia M on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 14:56
Difficulty
Beginner
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This rolling cart is easy to build and super versatile! It's great as a nightstand, but would also work for an end table or even a printer cart in your home office. Plus you could size it up for a simple rolling coffee table. Add a big basket underneath for more storage. See the full plans at More Like Home - http://www.morelikehome.net/2015/03/nightstands-day-6-cart-on-casters.h…

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rolling nightstand diy
rolling nightstand diy

This rolling cart is easy to build and super versatile! It's great as a nightstand, but would also work for an end table or even a printer cart in your home office. Plus you could size it up for a simple rolling coffee table. Add a big basket underneath for more storage.
See the full plans at More Like Home - http://www.morelikehome.net/2015/03/nightstands-day-6-cart-on-casters.h…

Dimensions
rolling nightstand diy
16" wide x 21" deep x 18" high (plus wheels)

Preparation

Shopping List

2  -  2x2  @  8'
3/4" plywood
4 casters
wood filler
wood glue
1 1/4" screws
2" screws
Kreg Jig with 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" pocket screws (optional)
finishing nails (optional)

Cut List

(A)  4  -  2x2  @  16 1/2"   (legs)
(B)  2  -  2x2  @  16"   (top trim)
(C)  2  -  2x2  @  13"   (bottom trim)
(D)  4  -  2x2  @  18"   (sides)
(E)  plywood  @  18 x 13"  (shelves)

General Instructions

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!

Instructions

Step 1

Start by attaching the top trim (B) across two of the legs (A) to create two leg sections. Keep the outside edges flush. Use a Kreg Jig or drill through the trim into the tops of the legs.

Step 2

Add a piece of bottom trim (C) between the legs of each section. It should be flush with the front and back edges and set up 2" from the bottom of the legs. Use a Kreg Jig or drill through the legs into the ends of the trim pieces.

Step 3

Use the side pieces (D) to connect the two leg sections. On each side, one board should be flush with the top edge and another should be set up 2" from the bottom of the legs (level with the bottom trim). Use a Kreg Jig or drill through the top trim and legs into the side boards.

Step 4

To get the more industrial style of the inspiration table you can use something with a large bolt head for these joints (or if you use a Kreg Jig just add a really short bolt for looks).

Step 5

Once the frame is done you can install the shelves. The top shelf should be flush with the top of the table, and the bottom shelf should be flush with the top edges of the side and trim boards. The easiest way to attach the shelves is with a Kreg Jig, but you could also use small brackets or a piece of 3/4" trim to create a lip for the shelves to sit on (we did this with our coffee table before we owned a Kreg Jig)

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.
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