The versatility of this adorable rolling cart table is just lovely! Use it as a bar cart, or rolling utility cart, even a side table and this gal will look fabulous no matter how you choose to put her to work.
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- 1 – 1-1/2” Wooden Dowel at 8’
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 2’x4’
- 2 – 1×2 at 8’
- 2 – 3/4” plywood at 12-1/2” x18-1/2” – Upper and Lower Trays
- 4 – 1×2 at 20” – Upper and Lower Tray Fronts and Backs
- 4 – 1×2 at 14” – Upper and Lower Tray Sides
- 4 – 1-1/2” Wooden Dowel at 4-1/4” – Bottom Posts
- 4 – 1-1/2” Wooden Dowel at 14-1/4” – Middle Posts
- 4 – 1-1/2” Wooden Dowel at 3-1/4” – Top Posts
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.
Cut the pieces for the Upper and Lower Trays. Mark the locations of the Posts as shown (on the top side and bottom side of each Tray). With a 1-1/2” Spade Bit, drill a hole at each location approximately 1/4” inch deep. You can wiggle the Spade Bit from side to side a little as you drill, so that the hole will be slightly larger than the 1-1/2” Post. Repeat this step twice – once for the Upper Tray and once for the Lower Tray.
Upper and Lower Trays:
Cut the pieces for the Upper and Lower Fronts, Backs, and Sides. Attach the Upper Front, Back, and Sides to the Upper Tray as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Repeat this process for the Lower Tray. If you want a more rounded appearance for the corners of your trays, get out your sander and sand away!
Shown: Tray Top then Tray Bottom
Cut the pieces for the Posts. Each Post will be composed of 3 pieces, but assembled in the Cart, will give the illusion of one long piece. For the Bottom Post, mark the center of the Post. Using an appropriately sized Spade Bit, drill a hole slightly larger (we are using a 3/8” Spade Bit for our specific Caster) and longer (approximately 1” deep for our specific Caster) than the stem of the Caster you are using. You can wiggle the Spade Bit from side to side a little as you drill, so that the hole will be slightly larger and longer than the stem of the Caster.
Next, insert the stem of the Caster into the Lower Post – repeat for each Bottom Post. The stem should fit very snug in the drilled hole. If it is a little looser than you would like, place a little glue into the drilled hole, reinsert the stem and let the glue set.
Next, place a dab of glue into the holes drilled on the bottom side of the Lower Tray. Place the Bottom Posts (with inserted Casters) into the holes, ensuring that the Posts are set at 90 degrees. Each Post will be sunk 1/4” into the drilled hole.
Place a dab of glue into the holes drilled on the top side of the Lower Tray. Place the Middle Posts into the holes, ensuring that the Posts are set at 90 degrees. Each Post will be sunk 1/4” into the drilled hole.
Place a dab of glue into the holes drilled on the bottom side of the Upper Tray. Place the Middle Posts into the holes, ensuring that the Posts are set at 90 degrees. Each Post will be sunk 1/4” into the drilled hole.
Place a dab of glue into the holes drilled on the top side of the Upper Tray. Place the Top Posts into the holes, ensuring that the Posts are set at 90 degrees. Each Post will be sunk 1/4” into the drilled hole. If you want a more rounded appearance for the edges of the Top Posts, get out your sander and sand away!
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School