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Over the past two weeks I’ve been sharing my workshop transformation. It is amazing the amount of workspace I’ve uncovered that was apparently there all the time but was crying out for organization. Check out my workbench here if you missed it.
Well, I’ve moved onto another wall.
Under this old kitchen cabinet is where I stuck all my little rusty pieces, dowels, pipes and spindles.
Yes, it was time to tackle this space. The idea was, that if I could build a bin that all the pipes and dowels could fit into then they would be off the floor…and if I could build a two sided bin, then everything would be off the floor.
I started out with a scrap piece of plywood 31″ x 22 1/2″. If you ask me why such an odd size, I would have to admit that that was the exact size piece of wood I had lying around and when I set it under the cabinet it fit.
In that bin of rusty odds and ends were also these four casters. Drilled four holes and these were screwed in.
On the top I cut 4, 2×4’s (2, 28 1/2″ and 2, 22 1/2″) leaving the corners free for my corner baluster pieces. These were screwed into place from the bottom.
For the corners I used 4 deck balusters which are currently at Home Depot for 97 cents. These were actually the only purchase I made for the cart. These are screwed from the bottom. I also used finishing nails from my nail gun to tack them to the 2×4’s on top. They are still a little flimsy at this point but the supports at the top as well as the pallet wood cladding will give added support.
Measure additional 2×4’s for the top support. They should be the same lengths as the bottom.
Nail or screw them into place. Use a level to make sure everything is nice and flat.
With pallet wood and scrap wood start covering your storage box.
I made the front and back pallet wood long enough to cover the edges of the sides.
Any kind of scrap wood will do…the bottom pieces were leftover from a stage we had constructed for my oldest son’s wedding, and the top green piece (I didn’t even know I had) was leftover from a ping pong table my Dad had made in the early 60’s.
I was going to just keep going until I ran out of usable wood and then make a trip to the hardware store. I surprised myself when I was able to cover the entire box…yes, I had that much junk sitting around.
To make it a 2 part bin, I added cross supports inside the box. The baluster at the bottom was leftover from the corner pieces.
Used more pallet wood nailed to the cross supports to finish out my bin.
It wasn’t until I was finished that I realized that I could probably use the bin outside the workshop. It could make a great recycling bin/trash bin at my next party.
With an added top, it could also make a great rolling serving cart.
If I had only clad the box on three sides and left the front open, added a shelf, I would now have a great bar cart. The possibilities are endless.
But for now, my bin has been rolled back into the workshop and the floor is amazingly clear.
Just wanted a little last bling. Lightly stenciled END UP onto my box.
Sanded off my stencil to give a more worn look and added my son’s old belt to the front for handles. Used machine screws, washers and nuts to hold it securely.
I still have the same junk but it looks so much better when it’s organized and you can’t see it.
I don’t like telling people this is the exact measurement, this is how big you need to make your cart, because every space is different. Modify the project to fit your needs. Maybe you want a 3 binned cart, maybe you want an open front, maybe you want shelves. I do want to point out that if you want to use your cart in other areas of your home, check out the width of your door first…mine would not have fit out the door if it was wider than 27 inches. Ooooops, I dodged a bullet on that one.
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