We made the rolling cart for my daughter when she moved into her own apartment recently. As she was getting everything ready, she realized she needed some sort of bar cart, but her funds were limited. We looked through my ideas file and decided to build a DIY rolling cart to fit this need.
Materials Needed for Rolling Cart
The needed supplies can be purchased at any hardward store. We got all of our supplies at Lowe’s.
- 1x12x36-inch boards, need 3
- Masking or painters tape
- Drill and 1-1/8 ‘inch drill bit
- 3/4×3-inch black iron pipes, need 4
- ¾-inch black iron couplings, need 26
- ¾-inch 90-degree black iron elbows, need 4
- 3/4×1-1/2-inch black iron nipples, need 24
- 3/4×8-inch black iron pipes, need 12
- 1x12x5-inch boards, need 2
- 1-1/4-inch wood screws
- 3-inch swivel-plate locking wheels, need 4
Directions for Rolling Cart
Stack the three 1x12x36-inch shelf boards. Hold the stack together with masking or painters tape. Measure and mark placement for four holes on the top board; center two marks at each short side 7 inches apart and 1 inch from the edge. Drill 1-1/8-inch holes at each mark through the stack; remove the tape.
Stain boards as instructed on your choice of stain.
To make the handles, attach 3-inch-long pipes to opposite ends of a coupling. Attach an elbow to each pipe end. Next, attach a nipple to each elbow, then add a coupling to the end of each nipple. Finally, attach a nipple to each handle end. Repeat for the other handle.
Thread the nipples down through the holes of the second board and attach a coupling to each nipple on the bottom of the board. Attach an 8-inch long pipe to each coupling. Attach a coupling and a nipple at the end of each pipe.
Attach another coupling and another 8-inch-long pipe to the end of each coupling. Attach a coupling and nipple to each pipe.
Thread the handle nipples down through the holes of the final board and attach a cap to each nipple on the bottom of the third board.
Place cart with handles side down. Screw a 5-inch length of 1×12 crosswise just inside the caps on each short end. Screw two wheels to each block.
Final Thoughts on Rolling Cart
This project turned out great. Here’s the only photo I got with it completed before it left for her apartment.
This is how she had it decorated for Halloween. I think it’s really cute.
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