This plan is soooo much fun! Thank you to Loren for sending it our way! Isn’t she a doll? Yes indeed! I love that it functions as a bar cart, media stand, dining buffet, and any other thing you might desire!
Showcase: Built From These Plans
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig Saw, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Kreg Jig – if you build frequently, invest in this one.
- 2 – 1×2 at 8’
- 1 – 2×2 at 10’
- 2 – 2×2 at 8’
- 2 – 2×4 at 8’
- 1 – 2×4 at 6’
- 1 – 1×12 at 10’
- 1/2 Sheet 3/4” Plywood at 4’x4’
- 2-1/2″ Pocket Screws
- 1-1/4” Pocket Screws
- 2” Wood Screws
- 1 ¼” Brad Nails
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak
- Safety Gear
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
Hardware: all options are optional and style specific, choose to suit your purpose and budget.
- 2 Large Cart Wheels or 2 Small Wagon Style Wheels at 13” (can be wooden and painted)
- 2 – 6” Castors
- 1 – 16-18” Towel Rod or a very Large Long Drawer Pull Handle
- 1 – Bottle Opener
- 4 – 2×4 at 28 3/4” Legs
- 2 – 2×4 at 40” Lower Shelf Frame Aprons
- 2 – 2×4 at 16 1/2” Lower Shelf Frame Aprons
- 10 – 1×2 at 16 1/2” Support Rails
- 2 – 2×2 at 40” Center Shelf Frame
- 2 – 2×2 at 16 1/2” Center Shelf Frame
- 2 – 2×2 at 8 1/2” Center Dividers
- 2 – 2×2 at 22 1/2” Top Frame
- 2 – 2×2 at 55” Top Frame
- 2 – 1×12 at 55” Top
- 2 – 3/4” Ply at 44” x 16 1/2” Shelves
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Build your Sides: Fasten the Aprons to the Legs using your pocket hole system set for 1 1/2” stock and your 2 1/2” pocket hole screws. Fasten the Aprons Flush with the outside of each leg.
Attach the Rails and Center Shelf Frame: Use your pocket hole system set for 1 1/2” stock and your 2 1/2” pocket hole screws and glue to attach the Shelf Frame and your pocket hole system set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue to fasten the rails in place. The rails will sit flush with the bottom of the Aprons and Legs for the Lower Level and flush with the bottom of the Shelf Frame for the Center or Middle Level. Space the Rails in the relative fashion as shown below. Their exact position doesn’t need to be precise.
Fasten the Shelves in place: Use your 1 1/4” Finish Nails and Glue and Fasten to the Rails from underneath.
Attach the Upper Shelf Frame: For the most professional appearance, miter the corners, though this isn’t required if you aren’t able. Fasten the Rails (Blue) to the Stiles (yellow) using your pocket hole system set for 1 1/2” stock and your 2 1/2” pocket hole screws and glue. Fasten the Frame to the Legs and Center Dividers using 2 1/2” screws and glue.
Fasten the Top in Place: Use 1 1/4” Finish Nails and Glue to fasten to the Frame, Legs, and Center Dividers.
Add the Hardware: Use Hardware of your Choice and fasten in place according to the directions that accompany your pieces.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School