Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Wheeled 3-Drawer Cart

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Dimensions for This Project



  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig 


  • 1 – 1×2 at 4’
  • 1 – sheet of ¾” plywood


  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • Edge Banding for plywood
  • 4 – 2” casters
  • 3 sets of 14” drawer slides
  • 3 cabinet pulls
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 


  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 16-1/4” x 24-1/2” – Sides
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 16-1/4” x 17” – Bottom
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 15-1/2” x 24-1/2” – Back
  • 3 – 1×2 at 15-1/2” – Front Stretchers
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 17” x 17” – Top
  • 3 – ¾” plywood at 13” x 13-1/4” – Drawer Bottoms
  • 4 – ¾” plywood at 6-1/4” x 13-1/4” – Smaller Drawer Sides
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 6-1/4” x 14-1/2” – Smaller Drawer Backs
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 6-1/4” x 15-1/4” – Smaller Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 6-3/4” x 13-1/4” – Larger Drawer Sides
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 6-3/4” x 14-1/2” – Larger Drawer Back
  • 1 – ¾”plywood at 6-3/4” x 15-1/4” – Larger Drawer Front

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.

Step 1

Step 1 


If edge banding is being used, it will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood before assembly.

Cut the pieces for the sides and bottom. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the side pieces. Attach the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Step 2 


Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Attach to the sides and the bottom of the cabinet using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 3

Step 3 


Cut the pieces for the front stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the cabinet as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 4

Step 4 


 Cut the piece for the top. Secure to the back and sides using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws through the sides and back into the underside of the top.

Step 5
Step 5

Step 5 

Cut the pieces for the smaller drawers. Drill pocket holes in each end of the side pieces as well as all four edges of the bottom. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The fronts will overlap the drawer box by 3/8″ on each side. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer's instructions. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

Step 6
Step 6
Step 6


 Cut the pieces for the larger drawers and assemble in the same manner as the smaller drawers.

Attach the casters according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Finishing Instructions 

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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