How to Build a Wooden Utility Cart

How to Build a Wooden Utility Cart

Sometimes your workshop can get cluttered, and storage can become an issue. If you’re an experienced craftsman or are just starting out, you may want to invest in a wooden utility cart. This project is time- and cost-effective, ideal for beginners and experts alike.

A utility cart is a practical project. As you build it, you create a place that will help you in the future. It can store numerous tools and, since it’s on wheels, you can easily navigate it. Whether your shop is big or small, this project is an efficient investment.

Here are some tips you should know about the process.

Steps for Building a Wooden Utility Cart

Based on where you buy your materials, this project will cost around $60 to $80 if you have the tools already. It will take 2 to 6 hours to complete depending on your shop’s resources.

Remember, Safety First

As with any project, you’ll want to protect yourself from anything dangerous you’re using. Safety glasses and earplugs are at the top of the list for protection. You can also invest in a pair of gloves, too. That way, you can protect your hands from anything sharp.

Decide on Your Measurements

Your measurements are the next preliminary step to take. Maybe you want to scale your cart to an appropriate size for your shop or make it bigger to hold more things. Something helpful to remember is that keeping your cart level with your tables can go a long way. If you’re using a table saw, for instance, you can easily set tools down in your cart.

The parts of a utility cart include the casters, frames, shelves and two side pieces per leg. You’ll want to scale these appropriately with each other, which leads to the next step.

Choose Your Materials

Since this is a wooden cart, you will need plywood and wood glue. Depending on your measurements, you’ll want to check out your local hardware store for the best plywood. You’ll need casters and screws, too. Other tools you’ll need may include a nail gun, table saw, wireless drill, framing square, straightedge, air compressor, clamps, and miter saw.

Remember, no detail is too small. For instance, the screws you choose will affect the outcome of the project. Full thread screws are better for some projects, while partial thread are better for others. After you have all your materials in place, you can start building.

Build Your Utility Cart

With your materials, measurements, and safety all ready, you can get to assembling. Your building process is up to you and the order you see fit. If you’re looking for guidance, though, start by marking your cuts according to your measurements. Then, you can move onto your frames, which are the pieces that will hold the shelving.

There’s a bottom frame that rests on top of the casters and a top frame. From there, you can attach the two leg pieces to each other – meaning there are eight leg pieces total – before you connect them to the frames. The bottom and top shelves come next and should lie snugly within the frames.

Depending on the size of your cart, you may want to add leg supports on the insides of the legs where the two pieces meet. This step can help stabilize any wobbliness and uphold more weight. Next, add the casters to the bottom, and you’re all set. If you want, you can add a handle to the top for easier navigation, too.

Build the Perfect Utility Cart

If you follow the simple steps above, you can create your own wooden utility cart. Now you can use it when working on your next project!

Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington

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