Home Garage Tool Carts

for us poor shlubs stuck in the suburbs with only a 2-car garage for a workshop

Building the Carts
Cutting 2x2s to size
Building fronts and backs
Building the frames
Building tops and bottoms
Last thoughts



2 x 4, 4 ea                                                            As straight and knot-free as possible. 

1 x 10 x 12’                                                         For the cart tops.

1 x 10 x 10’                                                         For the cart bottoms.

Plywood, 3/8”, 1 sheet                                  Quality dependent on your budget. CD probably good enough.

NOTE: Full sheet needed only if enclosing carts. If using gussets (explained below), a half-sheet will be plenty.

Casters, 12 ea.                                                   2” or larger; locking type may be worthwhile.


To give an idea of what this project will cost you (in late 2008, and rounding off):

2 x 4, 4ea                                             $10.       

1 x 10 x 10                                           $10.

1 x 10 x 12                                           $12.

Plywood, sheet, 3/8”                        $11.

Casters, 2” industrial, 12ea             $41.

Total                                                     $84.


At one point my plan was to buy old kitchen cabinets, throw on a top and bottom, put on wheels, and voila, instant carts.  

But I couldn’t find any cabinets at yard sales, and new ones, even discounted at a Habitat Home Center store, were over $100 each. After adding tops, bottoms and casters, I’m up to $400. So I’d have spent an extra $300 and not have the fun of designing and building my own carts.


http://www.rd.com/images/tfhimport/2005/20050201_45554_Small_Workshop_Tips_page004img001.jpgI almost chose another design from Family Handyman magazine, a cart made entirely of plywood. I just wasn’t sure if it would be strong enough. And it wouldn’t let me enjoy the planning and design process in woodworking that I find so invigorating, even on something as simple as these carts.  

But no doubt the FH cart is quicker to build, and may be something to consider.  

http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/17590/ for more.


If you enjoy the design process as much as me, you’ll certainly modify and improve on my plan. I’d be interested in seeing your ideas. (Send to usarmycwo at yahoo dot com, and put something like “cart” in the subject line so I don’t delete it as spam.)


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