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Easiest Industrial Cart

easiest every bookshelf with modern industrial styling! free step by step plans from ana-white.com

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Author Notes: 

Hi everyone, Jen here today!

This is a fun simple project with big impact! I love the mix of wood and metal.

Oh did I mention it only took 2 hours from start to finish, one board, one stick of “angle aluminum” and some screws!

Well, it actually goes finish first on this one!  The first step was to cut down my 2 x 12 into 3 pieces at 31 1/2” (so I could get three shelves out of one 8 foot long board). I gave them a good sanding and stained them.

I used Carrington by RustOleum - it's got a slight reddish tint, very pretty!

Now for the aluminum angle.  You can find it at most any hardware store, and it's pretty inexpensive -

Aluminum angle comes in precut sizes, but mine were 48" in length, so I decided to cut them in half.  

The best way I've found to cut aluminum angle is with a jigsaw with a metal blade.

Just clamp the aluminum angle down,

And it cuts like butter!

Even easier than cutting wood!

Then it was time add the aluminum angle to the boards.

 I set my 3 boards on their side on a couple sawhorses, set the first aluminum piece flush with the top and bottom board. 

Then I predrilled through just the aluminum where I wanted to place my self tapping screws, 

One on each side of the angle piece. 

I did the top board first and then the bottom.  I measured and marked the middle of the angle piece and set the center of the middle 2 x 12 board and did the same, predrilled and sunk my self tapping screws.

I did the same for all four sides. Almost done.

Then I just needed to add these sweet casters! I used 1 1/4” self tapping screws here.

I flipped it up and stood back to admire. 

AMAZING! It's really is amazing what 2 hours and few materials can make! 

Would look amazing in the kitchen as a baking cart,

Or if your kiddos are heading back to school, a great place to store art and school supplies that will easily wheel into a closet or bedroom.

Now it's your turn, just do it!

Shopping List: 

1 - 2x12 board, 8 feet long
96" of 1" aluminum angle
24 - 1-1/4" self tapping wood screws
4 - caster wheels (we used 4") with 16 screws to attach to base

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
jigsaw
sander
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions: 
Cut List: 

3 - 2x12 @ 32-1/2"
4 - aluminum angle @ 24"

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Comments

Hi Pam, great question! Because of the low height, there's really no tipping hazard - the kids are "carting" each other around in it. It's actually very sturdy! I wouldn't suggest going much higher though!

I love this idea! Would make a great potting bench or serving cart for outside as well. So many possibilities!

I was hoping to get my first bunch of tools- the ryobi bundle from the Home Depot. It includes a circular saw and a reciprocating saw. Would I have to get the jig saw separately- to cut through the aluminum?

Nimmu, I got a power tool bundle from Home Depot, as well, awhile back that also included a reciprocating saw. So far, it has proven worthless. Yes, I think the reciprocating saw will cut your metal with the right blade, but so would some circular saws (with the right blade!), but it would be tough to get it to cut in a straight line or with the correct measurements. The reciprocating saw appears to me to be mostly for demolition. I am a pretty strong woman, but it was difficult for me to control the reciprocating saw enough for it to cut where I wanted it to do so. I quickly abandoned any hopes of using it in woodworking projects.

Hi Nimmu,

I don't think the reciprocating saw will cut through the aluminum finely. The jigsaw would be better, but don't make my mistake and use the blade it comes with! That blade will likely be for wood and it just tore the aluminum up, you'll need clamps and a steel blade. Even so, I found that cutting metal with the jigsaw requires some practice so I eventually gave up and bought my aluminum pre-cut at Metals Depot online. I'm still awaiting my aluminum so I'll post once I receive everything...