I’m so excited to share my latest DIY with you! It’s a rolling tool cart with pegboard storage!
I keep my tools in my 1 car garage. That leaves very little room to maneuver around the garage. I build my projects in the driveway, and it entails hauling my tools out of the garage, generally one at a time as I need it. At the end of the day, I have so many tools out—it takes forever to get everything put away.
I built a rolling tool cart with pegboard that will enable me to put all of my tools away quickly using this project as my inspiration.
I purchased 1 large furniture dolly, 1 sheet of pegboard, and a couple of 2x4’s to make my rolling tool cart.
First, I began cutting my pegboard into sections that fit the dimensions of the rolling furniture dolly.
I had 3 panels to work with. Two panels for the side, and one smaller panel for the back. I decided to leave the front of the rolling tool cart open. That way I could use it for shelving and additional storage.
I love looking at background clutter… you can see that the diy picket fence still isn’t completely finished-more to paint!
I ripped some 2x4’s to use as the frame of the portable tool cart. Because I wasn’t sure how it was all going to come together, I used my ryobi nail gun to “tack” the pieces together.
This is where I was attaching the back and one side to the frame.
After getting both sides and the back attached to the ripped 2x4’s, I cut a couple of more ripped 2x4’s (basically 2x2’s) to give added support. I used wood screws to secure these pieces together. (I pre-drilled the holes)
Easy Rolling Tool Cart
I put the braces at the top and bottom on both the front and back.
I also used these kind of boards along the side to make shelving an option.
NOTE: see the screws on the bottom cross brace (front and back) where I attached the unit to the furniture dolly. Not shown in pictures above, I used a scrap piece of plywood to make a bottom shelf between the two carpeted pieces on the dolly.
A side view
I added a top shelf to the rolling tool cart using more of the ripped 2x4’s and some shelf boards I’ve been hanging onto.
I decided to use long pegboard hooks to help hold my drills on the inside of the cabinet which allows for extra storage, up off the shelf.
NOTE: I lowered the top shelf a bit so the items would be safe from falling off the shelf while I move the tool cart.
Using a nail gun in place of clamps
I didn’t have any pegboard hooks that didn’t stick out a lot, so I chose to use screws and some lunch meat containers to hold some lightweight items.
You can see in this photo that I used wood screws to secure the pegboard after I saw that it was all going to come together. But, I gotta tell ya—using those brad nails to tack it all together was so easy! Think of it as a fancy way of clamping! (I’ve done it for headboard benches as well)
I used all of the smaller pegboard hooks on the other side.
OK, keeping it real folks. It’s not perfect—it needs some tweaking. I ran out of 2x4’s. I will need to add more braces on the top and bottom. (from front to back)
We have had so much rain lately that I haven’t been able to get much done. I’m really behind!
What do you think? Could this rolling tool cart be something that could help you out? Do you need to roll your tools to your work site? Or are you fortunate enough to have everything “at hand”?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.