DIY Printer Cart
Construct a multipurpose cart that maximizes organization in small spaces.
(6) pieces of 10" × 24" plywood, ¾" thick
(4) angle irons, 26"
1/16" drill bit
3/16" drill bit
(60) 1¼" screws
Circular saw, if needed
(1) piece of 1" × 3" plywood, 24" long
(2) bar clamps
(4) casters, 1 with a lock
- Stack two 10" × 24" pieces of plywood on top of each other. Line up the edges, and then attach them together with four 1¼" screws. The exact placement of these screws does not matter, since their only function is to connect the two pieces of plywood
- Repeat step 1 for the remaining four pieces of plywood until you have a total of three separate pieces
- Fit one of the angle irons against one of the corners of the board perpendicularly. Use the 1/16" drill bit to predrill two holes through the angle iron and into each of the two pieces of plywood so that both holes are on top of each other
- Next, use a slightly larger drill bit (in this case, 3/16") to widen the predrilled holes in the angle irons
- Place the angle iron back against the corner of the plywood boards again. Use a driver to insert one 1¼" screw into each of the predrilled holes
- Repeat steps 3 through 5 for the remaining three angle irons. Place them perpendicular and fitted into the remaining three corners of the plywood boards
- Grab one of the two remaining plywood boards. Align one of the 24" sides with a 24" side of the bottom plywood board with angle irons attached. Then position the loose plywood board perpendicular to the bottom board so that the 10" sides fit into the angle brackets it is flush against
- Place the remaining plywood board on top of the loose plywood board so that it is parallel to the bottom plywood board. This step helps measure the position of the second plywood board while also holding it level
- Predrill two holes into each of the two angle irons the perpendicular board rests against following the same method in step 3. Then repeat step 4 for these new predrilled holes.
- Insert 1¼" screws into each of the predrilled holes
- Push the perpendicular plywood board out from its position. Then insert it between the parallel plywood boards in the same way, but on the side that has yet to be predrilled on the second plywood board. This will ensure that the other side will be equally level
- Repeat steps 9 and 10 for the other side of the second plywood board that has not yet been predrilled
- Lay the last plywood board out flat. Turn the project upside down so the remaining open sides of the angle irons match up with the corners of the last plywood board
- Repeat the same predrilling process mentioned in steps 3 through 5 until all four angle irons have been attached to the last piece of plywood
- Cut the 1" x 3" piece of plywood to 24", if it has not already been cut to size
- Clamp the newly cut piece of plywood to the first plywood board you attached to the angle irons. This will eliminate any gaps between the two pieces of wood
- Predrill, and then insert two 1¼" screws into each side where the angle irons overlap over the new piece of plywood. Don’t forget to widen the hole in the angle iron with a slightly larger drill bit. This will be your bottom shelf
- Brush off any dust and metal bits with a brush
- Flip over the project so the bottom is facing upwards. Then attach casters about ½" in from the four corners of the bottom plywood board with four 1¼" screws in each caster
- Apply stain with a chip brush. Wipe away excess stain with a rag as you work, and then let dry
Carpentry Tip: You only need to complete this step for the angle iron, not the pieces of plywood. The predrilled holes in the angle iron need to be big enough to allow a screw through, while the predrilled holes in the wood need to be small enough that the screws will not be too loose when they are inserted.
Carpentry Tip: Since the angle irons are already attached to the bottom layer of plywood, it will be harder to drill the angle iron and plywood separately. Be careful to stop drilling as soon as you feel you have drilled through the angle iron.