Build a Workshop Storage Cart
By Mark Clement
Build a workshop storage cart in a weekend and take control of your DIY life.
Is workshop organization kind of a part time job for you?
Or, with a bite of humble pie, should it be?
I know I spend a lot of time on it—and actually would like to spend more. I get the bug for getting organized because I know I can do more once I’m streamlined.
Nothing puts a finer point on that for me than seeing DIY’ers on Facebook displaying workshops and work areas of such messy magnitude. It’s painful to watch; materials are everywhere with trip hazards galore. Chaos! I think my palms are sweating. And I am far from a neat freak.
For example, I know a guy who boasts having no less than seven caulk guns. He keeps losing the one he had in the heap of stuff he calls a shop, so he has to stop what he’s doing mid-stream to go get another one.
If you count the time to go get the tool he already owns and the time not working, that’s one heck of an expensive caulk gun.
We all lose and misplace things; that’s inevitable. But the fewer times it happens—and the more room we have to work—the better home improvement and workshop life is. Conversely, the fewer places I have to store things, the slower things go. (Except screw-ups and frustration; those things accelerate.)
So whether it’s for the project d’jour or the I-know-I’m-gonna-need-this-someday project, all the materials clogging up my life need a place to live that’s not under my feet or leaning on the table saw. Therefore, I designed this lumber and materials cart. I hope you get as much juice out of it as I do.
It works well in small and large shops. Essentially a ladder on wheels, it is super easy to build and even easier to customize. You can slam it together in a weekend—even in a single day.
This workshop organizater makes a place for it all: power tools, new trim, extra pieces of flooring, a rainy-day hunk of drywall, and that old door that’s just too cool to throw away.
This lumber cart is both cheap and shop-proof. It’s built with 2-by stock, OSB, four rolling casters and deck screws. You probably have half of it laying around your shop right now.
Base. For the base, I used 2-by-6 and made it 8-ft. long by 3-ft. wide. Four-inch rolling/locking casters on each corner mean you’ve got mobility when you want it, even when it’s loaded. I set the casters with 2-in. washer-head screws.