Anna Ibarra
Anna Ibarra
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  • San Antonio, TX

Portable Tool Caddy on Wheels. ;-D

$20.00
Easy

I am a small time DIY'er. I've got myself myself some small time tools to see if I will take it seriously. ;-) I hated to bring out one tool at a time. Then hall it all back in my garage. I don't have a shed. So I thought I need to buy a cart or portable container to put all my tools that I need at one time. But this is what I came up with instead.
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I bought this at a Goodwill couple years ago, not sure what for. It's been a shelf for my knick-knacks- it was too wide and you couldn't see all the pretties, then a plant holder - plants had to be small and after they grow had to be moved out, then I moved it into my garage where it was a shoe caddy, but it never worked as it's wide and all kept just leaving their shoes on the side. So light bulb moment went on & decided I can make my own tool caddy on wheels.
Bottom of the car & install castors.
Bottom of the car & install castors.
The only thing I had to buy was the castors. They are more expensive $ then I thought however, I knew I needed some that would lock in place and sturdy enough to roll in and out on gravel/base to side of my yard where I do a lot of my work or roll out of garage.
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I had all the left over wood, added some extra strength to hold and stabilize the castors and weight of tools. I didn't bother to cut down the bottom piece of wood, it was perfect enough for me and gave me an extra added shelf.
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One of my other scrap pile wood just happened to be a perfect width and size to make a top for the cart.
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I then decided to make it permanent but fold down so I cut it on both sides.
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Ok so I jumped to the finished part. Added hinges on underside. And with left over pieces of wood, I made the hold up arms. (PS I don't even know the names to all this- as I said I am a small time DIY'er) Learn as I go.
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The cart is very sturdy, has held heavy plants on ceramic pots, I check it out first.
Don't paint at night-see the drip. ;-/
Don't paint at night-see the drip. ;-/
Here is the under the cart hinges, and the piece of wood I screwed in to hold the arm to hold up the sides. I just had it all on hand, this part took me a bit to figure out as I didn't know how to do it & the guy at the hard ware store told me wrong and I know have to return the pieces he told me to buy. They didn't work out. Better for me as what I use was free and had on hand.
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And I had left over paint, of course I thought it had to be red, cause the red rolling bar stools in my garage are red. All done.
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And here it is with all my small time tools.
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One side down...
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...two sides down to put away neatly in my garage. For now this will
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I also can use it for other projects as seen here for another project I was doing. So I used it before it's intended use.

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  • Jerri M
    on Aug 6, 2014

    Great Job!!!

  • Sandra Crosbie
    on Jun 22, 2015

    I have only just seen this. I think it is an ingenious idea🎓 I would love to have a cart like yours. Brilliant. I hope you still get enjoyment and use from it.

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