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Library Book Cart

December 29, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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A rolling cart featuring a angled top book shelf perfect for keeping books in place, and a large bottom shelf perfect for baskets or bins. Sized for children.

Library Book Cart

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Library Book Cart
Dimensions: 
Dimensions shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – 1×12, 10 feet long
1 – 1×2, 6 feet long
1 – 1×4, 3 feet long
1 – 1×8, 3 feet long
2″ Screws OR 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws for a Pocket Hole System
Wood filler, glue and finishing supplies

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
jigsaw
sander
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 1×12 @ 28″ (Sides)
2 – 1×12 @ 31 1/2″ (Shelves)
1 – 1×4 @ 31 1/2″ (Top Shelf Support)
2 – 1×2 @ 31 1/2″ (Bottom Shelf Trim)
1 – 1×8 @ 31 1/2″ Top Back)

Step 1

Library Book Cart

Box

Just build a box as you would in any other plan. Super simple. Predrill holes and use 2″ screws and glue.

Step 2

Library Book Cart

Sides

If you want, you can add handles and round the corners. The handles are actually quite useful if you want to transport the shelf (I did from the garage to the house and found them much more than just decorative). Corners are rounded 2″ down and 2″ in from the outside corners with a jigsaw.

Step 3

Library Book Cart

Bottom Shelf Trim

Add bottom shelf trim with screws from the underside and outside. Don’t forget your glue.

Step 4

Library Book Cart

Top Shelf Support

Measure and mark out the location for the top shelf support as shown in the diagram above. Predrill holes and attach the top shelf trim to the front side of the library book cart.

Step 5

Library Book Cart

Top Shelf Back

Mark the top shelf 1″ from the back edge, down the length of the top shelf, top side. Attach with screws and glue the top shelf back as shown above, at a 90 degree angle to the top shelf.

Step 6

Library Book Cart

Top Shelf

Place top shelf on top of top shelf support. Mark and screw in place with 2″ screws and glue.

Step 7

Library Book Cart

Wheels

A library cart has gotta have caster wheels. Mine are 1 1/2″ diameter, but a 2″ diameter would be a better choice (or even 2 1/2″) if you have carpet or floor differences.

I feel selfish posting this one.  I've got a mile long "short" list of most requested projects that I'm bound and determined to take on.  Corner cupboard, check.  Z Tower, check.  Next up, kitchen helper, farmhouse table matching bench, upholstered bed, dining banquette, stunning shelving that Beth just suggested . . . just to name a few.  And I'm quite excited to take on all these projects too!

But when Christy suggested this library cart, I HAD to have it for ME.  Yes ME.  Me as in ME ME ME!!!  I want!  Because I'm the only one in our home that cares if books are piled on the floor or not.  In my defense, I do vacuum around them, stack them, dig through them for a certain princess book that looks exactly like the other twenty three in the set.  And I do move them from room to room on a regular basis.  So yes, I wanted this Library Cart for me.

To hold Grace's books of course.

I did make some modifications from Land of Nod's version, mostly in that I used 1x12s for the box instead of 1x16s, making the shelves narrower (good for turning corners and going down halls - and my most favorite, sliding into closets), but I reasoned that most kids books are smallish, and the larger books could be displayed flat (as the Princess book is done above).  And 1x12s are cheaper, easier to cut, and more readily available.  I also increased the length because any way that I could figure, this piece had to be cut from a ten foot long 1x12.  Might as well use the whole thing up.

The mods were definitely a good choice.  The scalloped boxes came from Home Depot (by the way, thank you Home Depot for sponsoring our site and keeping plans free!  Please pay them a visit for their support) and fit perfectly on the bottom shelf.  The letters were from Joanns, I just bought one of those 100 packs of random letters for two bucks.

Here is a quick photo I took after building to check the fit of the books.  The Library Book Cart fits a TON of books!  I used the bins to hold the smaller books, placed 8 1/2" x 11" books on the bottom shelf - including all the coloring books and workbooks, and then mid sized and larger books up top.  The top shelf is perfect for Grace to sort her own books.

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LOVE this!! Its just

LOVE this!! Its just fantastic & so are you :) i'll be adding it to my to do list!! Thanks Ana for all that you do!!

posted by Chrystal (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 01:16

Thanks, Ana! I have

Thanks, Ana! I have children's books in anticipation of a child someday soon, and this would hold them all perfectly. BTW, I purchased four of the 20-gallon totes from Home Depot - perfect for my Christmas stuff and much better than cardboard boxes! Hope they keep supporting the site!

posted by CatherineG (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 02:42

thanks Ana, I love this! so

thanks Ana, I love this! so beautiful and simple!

posted by Johanna (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 05:41

I was loving this in the

I was loving this in the catalog last night & wishing you would make plans! I wake up this morning to plans! Thank you!!

posted by Jessica (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 05:43

I was loving this in the

I was loving this in the catalog last night & wishing you would make plans! I woke up this morning to plans! Yay! Thank you!

posted by Jessica (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 05:45

When you do the upholstered

When you do the upholstered bed are you going to use bed rail clips (like this http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=10&Max=999)? I was going to try and build an upholstered bed from your chunky leg bed frame eventually, but couldn't figure out how to use the clips without them interfering with the fabric. I'd rather use the clips over screws because it would have to be disassembled and moved and reassembled.

posted by orangesugar (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 06:42

I just got my Land of Nod

I just got my Land of Nod catalogue in the mail, and wondered if the library cart was something you had drawn-up plans for. WOW! What a wonderful coincidence! This cart looks like it'll work even better! Thanks, Ana, for all the inspiration and the extra help we need to complete these awesome projects!

posted by Annie (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 06:43

Sooo cute! Yet another

Sooo cute! Yet another project to add to my list! :)

posted by Heather (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 06:47

So excited for this! I'm a

So excited for this! I'm a teacher and have been thinking of purchasing one, but they are way too much $, this is the perfect solution.

posted by Britt (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 07:29

As a total booklover, I LOVE

As a total booklover, I LOVE this library cart! Can't wait till I can build something like this for my little one!

posted by Amanda (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 07:46

Perfect for our homeschool

Perfect for our homeschool books in our teeny tiny house! Thanks Ana - I can't wait to get started!

posted by Shauna (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 07:51

This is definitely going on

This is definitely going on the "to make" list! Thanks, Ana!!!

posted by Pam the Goatherd (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 08:08

My children are all grown up

My children are all grown up and moving out on their own so I have plans to convert their room into a sewing/craft room which will also be our guest bedroom. This book cart will be great for storing my craft and sewing books. I'll be making the day bed/trundle bed to go in that room also. We raised three kids in a two bedroom mobile home and have learned to make the most of every inch of space. Your plans are helping me to re-do our whole house with even more efficient, space-saving furniture. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Ana!

posted by Pam the Goatherd (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 08:12

I love this, but I am

I love this, but I am equally excited about the farmhouse benches that are coming! Hope they are here before the new year.....I have a naked table :)

posted by Kim (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 09:40

I can't wait to make this

I can't wait to make this this weekend, (along with the dress up rack) for my baby girl's 4th birthday. She is going to love using it to cart all of her Fancy Nancy books everywhere. Thank you so much.

posted by Cherie82 (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 09:44

Love it! I homeschool my

Love it! I homeschool my kids and we take out dozens of books every week. I want this! Thank you!

posted by Raven (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 09:45

I was just going to email you

I was just going to email you today with this idea! I am so glad that you found this plan and already have it done. I think this may be the first Ana White project I will make! Thank you. I do have an awesome side table idea that I need to get to you.

posted by Melissa (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 09:54

Ooooh, this is too cool! My

Ooooh, this is too cool! My kiddos would love pushing this around. And I know Kyras teacher would love this...maybe a teachers gift :)
Good for you making something for yourself, it's how we keep motivated right!?

Oh and I am uber exited to see you have a kitchen banquette on your list of plans to do!!! Woot!

posted by Krista (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 10:00

Great project. The size

Great project.

The size for the back of the top shelf wasn't given. Any guess what this may be?

posted by Jill (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 10:57

What a great idea for the

What a great idea for the craft room! Maybe I'll try the 16 inch version so it can hold my scrapbook paper - next to my table when I'm in there, back on the wall when I'm not!

posted by AmyLynn (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 11:30

It is exhausting the amazing

It is exhausting the amazing things you come up with for me to add to my build list! I LOVE this. My daughter is a huge reader. This would be awesome for downstairs use and move. Love it! Thank you

posted by Rebecca (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 12:21

I am so, so excited! You

I am so, so excited! You just made my day! I was just looking at a certain website last night and saw this and thought...."Man, I wish Anna had the plans for this on her website. This would be absolutely perfect for us." Yay!!!!! Thank you!

posted by shelley (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 12:28

SO cute! I wish my girls

SO cute! I wish my girls were a little younger so we could make this! We'll have to figure out someone to make it for!!

posted by Brittney (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 14:17

Jill, thanks for noting!

Jill, thanks for noting! Just fixed it! Really appreciate you feedback. Ana

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 14:52

Ohh I love love love

Ohh I love love love this!!
Also, I about jumped out of my computer chair telling my husband that the Kitchen Helper is on your to do list. I've been wanting one (and I meand badly) for the last 2 years. If I buy you a coffee will that entice you to put that next on your list ;)

posted by Samantha (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 22:15

This is so cute and would

This is so cute and would look great in my daughter's room! I am so very excited about the kitchen helper and can't wait to see the plans! My hubby gave me the go ahead to purchase one online for $150 this week, but I haven't wanted to part with the money! Now I will be patient just a little longer! You are awesome, Ana!

posted by April K (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-29 23:06

I am building this for me and

I am building this for me and for my office! I think I may have to make one (or two) for the home office and for work. I love the look and it would make organizing easier in both places. I think I will use your plans for the file cabinet base to measure a box for the lower shelf. That way I can have a long hanging file box below and space for binders and books on top! You are amazing!

posted by Lynn Peters (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-30 04:48

My 3 year old wants one for

My 3 year old wants one for the play area in the basement, one in the living room and then 3 upstairs (one for each bedroom). I said it has wheels to move it "thats sooo cool mommy" she reponded. As I type with her on my lap the list of how many she thinks we need is growing.
So we will be making one well 2 a more grown up painted on for my sewing/craft area. Would be great not to be confined by my bookshelf. I am so limited on space as it is.

posted by Angela (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-30 06:49

What a great idea with the

What a great idea with the hanging folders below ok maybe I now need 3 not 2.

posted by Angela (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-30 06:51

I am building this tomorrow!

I am building this tomorrow! Got my list ready and heading to homedepot!
Thanks Ana, you are amazing!

posted by Donna (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-30 15:46

can't wait to see!

can't wait to see!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-30 15:48

I love this! I was just

I love this! I was just telling my husband that I was on a search for a better way to organize our kiddos' books. This is perfect!

posted by JuliaSays (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-01-01 17:34

Thanks, Ana! Might be just

Thanks, Ana! Might be just the thing to get my daughter's books out of the various baskets they are in! Loving the price, too :)

posted by Nan Tovar (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-01-02 19:39

As a new homeowner and a

As a new homeowner and a single mom of an almost-one-year-old (man, time flies!) baby girl, and being the type of person who jumps into new crafts/hobbies on a whim, I've been watching the site and making plans to start building soon...but this was the plan that actually got me going! My cart is sitting in the garage, wheels removed, wood filler drying so that I can put on a coat of primer after the baby goes to bed.

posted by Katterin (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-01-09 18:50

Ana, I LOVE those pink

Ana, I LOVE those pink scallop-edge bins on the bottom shelf. Where are they from?

posted by brckhous (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-26 13:51

WOW!

Another one of MY designs.  Yes, I designed this for the Land of Nod, along with many other items you decided to post.  I am a single father raising two young girls. I support our family as a designer. 

Yes, Anna, you are amazing.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-04-12 17:27

Library Cart

Thank you SO much for this easy to follow plan -- My husband made this as his first project with a new saw and it came out beautifully! I had been eyeing the pricey land of nod version for over a year so I am thrilled!!

posted by Jenny W (not verified) | on Fri, 2013-01-04 14:20

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