How to Build a Rolling Storage Cabinet
A rolling storage cabinet may help you organize your home, office or garage. You can build your own rolling storage cabinet, and this article will show you how.
Step 1 - Size the Rolling Storage Cabinet
Two good examples of a rolling storage cabinet would be a printer stand on wheels or a rolling file cabinet. These two examples might suggest that the cabinet should be taller than it is wide, but this isn't always the case. You can create your rolling storage cabinet to be any size you want. Consider what you want to store inside it and build around that thought (with a little extra space).
You need measurements for the height, width and depth of the rolling storage cabinet. The top and bottom of the cabinet is the same as the depth and width, while the door and the back are the height and the width. Decide on these measurements and put them down on paper.
Step 2 - Cut and Sand the Wood
Choose wood you like; your choice can be as simple as plywood or as nice as pine. You may be able to create the rolling storage cabinet from a single sheet, depending on the size of your final product. Transfer your measurements to the wood and cut the pieces out.
Sand down the rough edges of the cut wood. Then use a tack cloth to wipe down the sanded edges.
If you wish to add shelves, the shelf would be the depth and width of the rolling storage cabinet, minus twice the thickness of the wood. You will also need a bit that bores a hole, and you will need dowel rods cut to place the shelf. On the bottom piece, use a drill and make four holes the same size as the hardware that came with the wheels. Place a hole in each corner 1 1/2 inches away from the edges but not going all the way through. Choose hardware that is slightly shorter than the thickness of the wood.
Step 3 - Assemble the Pieces
Lay the back piece down and apply a thin line of wood glue along the side edges. Place the sides plumb against the long side of the back piece. If wood glue overflows, just leave it alone because it will help to strengthen the rolling storage cabinet. Hammer nails along the bottom of the sides going into the back piece where they meet. Apply a thin line of glue along the top and bottom edges and place those pieces plumb against the edges as you did the sides.
Step 4 - Install Hardware
Install hinges an inch from the top and the bottom of the door. Find the center of the door and measure an inch in from the side opposite the hinges and install the knob. Install the door to the main cabinet. Put wood glue inside the wheel holes you drilled and inside the wheel posts. You may need to tap them in place with the hammer.