DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

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DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart
This DIY prep and serve cart would make a fine addition to your patio, deck or porch. Use it to serve snacks to guests. It also would make a fine prep table for grilling. The cart is attractive, and since it has wheels, you can roll it away when it’s not in use.

Just follow the step-by-step tutorial to build your own rolling prep and serve cart.

DIY Prep and Serve Cart

Materials for DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Materials

The inspiration for this DIY project came from one of my favorite bloggers, Ana White. We followed her plan for the DIY Rolling Cart, and you can find the original plan here.

Cut List

  • 4 – 2 x 4 @ 12¾ in. – End aprons
  • 4 – 2 x 4 @ 34¼ in. – Side aprons
  • 4 – 2 x 4 @ 31¼ in. – Legs
  • 2 – 1 x 4 @ 17¼ in. – Caster brace
  • 2 – 1 x 4 @ 12¾ in. – Shorter bottom shelf slats
  • 18 – 1 x 4 @ 15¾ in. – Top and bottom shelf slats
  • 4 – 1 x 2 @ 37¼ in. – End trim

Measure mark and cut all your boards before starting onto Step 1.

Tip: If you do not have a miter saw or table saw, your local Home Depot store can make the cuts for you. They also have a tool rental service, which is a great way to try out tools at home before purchasing your own.

Step 1: Build Top and Bottom Frames

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Lay out your 34¼ in. side aprons with 12¾ in. end aprons fitted in-between like the photo above.

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Attach the corners together using 2½ in. screws. I chose to use two screws in each corner, one placed towards the top and one placed towards the bottom. Continue to attach the end and side aprons until you have completely built both frames.


Step 2: Add Legs

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Keep your bottom frame resting on the ground and place the 31¼ in. leg on the exterior corner. Be sure to align the edges up and hold tightly. Using your 2½ in. exterior screws attach the leg to the frame. Use two screws in each leg attachment for a tight fit.

Repeat this process until you have all four legs attached to the frame.

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Flip the frame with legs attached upside down so that you can slot in the second frame like shown in the photo above. If you kept all edges aligned the legs should align perfectly with the second frame. Use 2½ in. exterior screws to attach the second frame to the base.

Your final product should look like the below photo.

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart


Step 3: Add Top Slats

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Start by laying out and spacing the 10 slats cut to 15¾ in. across the top. I found it helpful to use the head of a screw for spacing consistency.

Once you have the slats laid out, use your nail gun to attach. I started on the two exterior slats and worked my way in. The spacing is difficult to maintain, but if you work your way outside in, you can eyeball a little extra spacing for a cohesive look.

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart


Step 4: Add Bottom Slats

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Start by attaching the two shorter slats cut at 12¾ in. to the exterior edges. Using the same spacing and attachment method, add the remaining eight bottom slats.


Step 5: Add Caster Brace

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Flip your cart upside down. Take the two 1 x 4 @ 17¼ in. boards and align them with the exterior edges. You want to alight the board along the outside apron and the two leg edges. This will provide a brace and additional for your casters.

Use your nail gun and wood glue to attach the brace. I recommend starting from the outside and working your way in. I also recommend adding 2½ in. screws into the ends for additional support.


Step 6: Sand the edges

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Using an orbital sander, lightly sand the edges to remove any roughness. If your placement of slats was uneven, you can sand deeper on a slat sticking out farther as well.


Step 7: Stain

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Apply the Waterproofing Wood Stain in the direction of the wood grain over the rolling cart with a brush or a clean cloth.

I wanted a medium stain, so I allowed it to sit for 10 minutes and added a second coat.

If needed, remove excess stain with a clean cloth before moving on to the next step.


Step 8: Add Casters

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Align your caster with the brace and mark placement of the holes. Using a 5/32 in. drill bit pre-drill for mounting.

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Take a washer and place it over the base of a 2½ in. screw. Align the screw and washer with the base and attach them to the brace.


Step 9: Add Towel Bar

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Add the Trinsic 12 in. Towel Bar per the included installation instructions. You will not have to add the wall anchors as this will be attached directly into the wood of the cart.

I chose this towel bar for its size, but if you are looking for a larger towel bar or something that can be purchased in store immediately you can substitute for the Liberty 15 1/8 in. Brushed Steel Bar or Delta Lyndall 18 in. Towel Bar.


Step 10: Add Hooks

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

This hook has an awesome mounting system that makes installation a breeze! Start by removing the mounting clip, placing in desired location and marking its placement.

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Pre-drill the desired placement with a 5/32 in. drill bit.

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Attach the mounting clip with the included installation hardware.

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

Slide the hook over the mounting clip so that it catches and voila!


Step 11: Enjoy

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

The prep and serve cart can be used indoors or outdoors. I love the additional prepping space it provides for cook outs in our backyard! It also provides ample storage space for grilling tools and beverages!

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

DIY Rolling Prep and Serve Cart

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