Cute pallet carts made from reclaimed wood boards.
Handmade from this plan >>
Dimensions for the cart are shown above. If you are using reclaimed boards, your dimensions could be different than those listed above.
Materials and Tools
countersink drill bit
2 – 1×12 @ 11 1/2″
2 – 1×6 @ 18″ (bottom, adjust width as desired)
6 – 1×4 @ 18″ (sides, adjust width as desired)
If you have a pallet, follow the instructions in this post to reclaim the boards. Otherwise, cut all of your boards. Drill holes on the ends of the 1x6s, two per end, with a countersink bit.
Build the Bottom and Ends
Insert screws into holes. Apply glue to the joint. Screw the bottom boards to the sides, keeping the outside flush.
Apply glue to the edges of the bottom and ends. Be careful not to apply glue in the spaces between the side boards, as glue will not take stain. Use 2″ nails and glue to nail the side boards on.
Mark then ends as shown above. Then drill holes with the 1 1/2″ spade bit on center with the marks. Cut between the marks with a saw to create handles.
Sand the entire cart. Vacuum with a soft bristled brush. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any additional sanding residue. Use stencils and stencil paint if desired to create a special message on your cart. Paint or stain as desired.
These turned out so much better than I would have ever expected for $8 each.
Especially with a few setbacks.
You all already know that I can't spell. Stencils really should come with spell check. Or at least you should have to pass a test before you can purchase stencils. Or they should sell sandpaper with stencils. Good thing I had some sandpaper handy.
And while I was working on these carts, a bee stung me. So now I smell like vinegar too.
At least I got our wedding date right on the first try.
These crate carts were intended for my great room, but because of the setbacks, I ended up photographing them in Grace's room (that's where all the evening sun is in my house). And I just think they look adorable filled with kids stuff. They will look adorable as bumper cars too, ugh, I know that's coming!
Here is a breakdown of the price per cart:
- 2 feet of 1x12 boards - $3
- 2 sets of 1 5/8" Caster Wheels - $4
- Reclaimed boards from pallets
- 2" Wood Screws
- 2" Finish Nails
- Wood Glue
Not bad, eh? And did I mention that my carts are made of oak? Yep, sanded down the pallet boards, and it's oak!
You just gotta make your own! If you don't have a pallet to reclaim, you can use 1x6s and 1x4s, but don't expect the character to be as fabulous when you use new materials. You can watch a video on how to reclaim boards on a pallet here.