Easy to build rolling cart with shelves - perfect for all sorts of storage in and out of the house! We love it for toys, books, kitchen supplies, blankets and pillows, in the entryway as a console, and outdoors as well. Check out our free step by step plans following.
- 1 — 4 x 4-ft. hardwood plywood sheet (1/4" for lighter loads, 1/2" for heavier loads)
- 3 — 2 x 4-ft. boards @ 8 ft. long
- 6 — 1 x 3-ft. boards @ 6 ft. long
- 24 — 2½-in. long self-tapping screws (deck screws for exterior applications)
- 100 — 1¼-in. finish nails
- 12 — 2-in. wood screws
- 4 — 2-in. diameter caster wheels and screws to attach
- Wood Glue
- Stain or Paint (optional)
- 3 - 1/4" or 1/2" thick plywood @ 48" x 15-3/4" - shelf bottom
- 6 - 2x4 @ 17-1/4" - shelf supports
- 4 - 2x4 @ 33" - legs
- 6 - 1x3 @ 15-3/4" - shelf ends
- 6 - 1x3 @ 49-1/2" (measure and cut to fit) - shelf sides
Rip the plywood panel into three pieces, each 15-3/4" wide x 48" long. You can have your Home Depot do this for you, or you can use a table saw or circular saw.
If using a table saw, set the fence to 15-3/4", and run the plywood through the saw.
If using a circular saw, measure and mark the first cut, make the cut. Then measure and mark the second cut and make the cut. Then measure and mark the third cut and make the final cut. Do not mark all your cuts and cut - the saw blade takes up space and this will affect things.
Use 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws to assemble the ladders. If you have a Kreg Jig, pocket holes would be great here.
Build the frame for each shelf first. You can nail and glue, use 2" self tapping screws, or pocket holes.
Then apply glue to the bottom edges and nail the plywood panel to the bottom.
Place shelves inside the cart and screw down - also screw to the legs.
Add wheels to the base.