Ana White: How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart

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How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart

Ana White is a very popular DIY blogger who is all about encouraging people of all skill levels to get a little sawdust in their lives. She has so many excellent and very doable DIY projects on the Ana White blog.

She created this tutorial for a rolling storage cart especially for The Home Depot’s Do-It-Herself Workshops. The cart is quite versatile. It makes a terrific cart for gardening supplies. You might want to use it to organize school supplies in the run up to the first day of school. When the holiday season arrives, you could use it to organize wrapping supplies. There will always be a use for this cart.

When you’re a parent, you have enough things to worry about. The last thing you need is more stuff to add to the mess. Using tools and supplies from The Home Depot, I’ve built this easy and affordable Rolling Storage Cart . Here’s to making storage super stylish!

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart: Ana White with the tools needed for this project

Materials for the Rolling Storage Cart

Tools You’ll Need

* not necessary if you get your lumber cut at The Home Depot


DIY Rolling Storage Cart Instructions

Step 1

First, you’ll need to get all your cuts ready. Start by ripping the plywood panel into thirds, each 15¾” wide. If you’re using the cart for outdoor purposes, make sure you’re using an outdoor-suitable wood.

If you don’t have a table saw, ask the associates at your Home Depot store to rip the plywood down in size. Always be sure to sand rough boards before beginning the assembly process.

DIH Tip: “Rip” means cutting along the grain of the wood.

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White


Step 2

Next, you will build each side by screwing your 17¼-in. 2 x 4s 16 inches apart from one another against your 30½” cuts to build up our shelves.

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

Make sure you use the 2½-in. self-tapping screws. It’s best to leave the sides with some wiggle room to make it easier to slide the shelves in. Use two screws per joint.

DIH Tip: Self-Tapping screws make it easier to drill into surfaces.

DIH Tip: To make driving screws easier and prevent wood from splitting, pre-drill holes first.

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart


Step 3

Now that the sides are done, it’s time to get started on the shelves. Attach your shorter 1 x 3’s with glue and 1 ¼-in. finish nails. This is where I used the brad nailer. This cart can be easily modified to just have two shelves – just leave the bottom shelf off!

DIH Tip: It’s best to glue from top to bottom to prevent any spillage

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

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How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White


Step 5

Next, do the same with your longer sides. Repeat to make all three shelves and your cart is almost ready!

DIH Tip: Always use glue with nails, brads or staples.

IMPORTANT NOTE: 

If you’d like to paint or stain your cart make sure to do so before Step 6! You can customize your cart by painting it any color you, or your family, want!

DIH Tip: If you’re painting or staining your cart, make sure you sand off any excess glue, so that you get smooth coverage. Wipe the boards with a soft cloth to remove sawdust before you apply the stain.


Step 6

Now it’s time to put it all together.

Make sure the ladder pieces have the flat side down, and attach the shelves with glue and 2-in. wood screws. It’s best to use two screws per shelf end.

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White


Step 7

Last, we will attach our caster wheels to the bottom of the cart. To help the cart steer better, I recommend using fixed wheels on the back and swivel wheels on the front (much like a car steers). You can also leave the wheels off if you don’t want your cart to be mobile.

And just like that, your cart is ready to roll!

(See in the photo below how the screws stick to the drill? That’s the “MagTray” of the Ryobi One+ drill I’m using. It’s so convenient for keeping all the screws together and within reach as I work. Any help keeping things organized is a good thing!)

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White


How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

Thanks, Ana, for helping us figure this out! What a great project.

You can see more of Ana’s excellent and very doable DIY projects for all skill levels on the Ana White blog.

You can also check out our DIH Workshops page to get more information about DIH and DIY workshops in your area and reserve your spot. (It’s FREE!)

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