Air Compressor Cart

Updated: Mar. 20, 2019

Mobilize your air compressor and accessories

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Effortlessly wheel your air compressor where it's needed. No need for second trips to fetch hoses, tools and fasteners, they are all self contained in this handy, easy-to-build cart.

Tools Required

  • Circular saw
  • Drill/driver - cordless
  • Jigsaw

Materials Required

  • Eight 5/16-in. x 1-in. lag screws
  • Nuts and washers
  • One 1-1/4-in. closet dowel
  • One 2-ft. x 4-ft. sheet of 1/2-in. plywood
  • One air hose reel ($37; part no. 159184 at
  • Six 3/8-in. x 2-in. hex head bolts
  • Two 2-ft. x 4-ft. sheets of 3/4-in. plywood ($8 each at a home center)
  • Two 4-in. casters ($8 each at a home center)

Build the Compressor Cart

Build this mobile home for your small air compressor and roll it to any job, anywhere in the shop, house or yard! The built-in air hose reel and tool bin keep your whole air-powered tool operation together. Measure your compressor before building. You may have to alter the dimensions so yours will fit.

Project step-by-step (3)

Step 1

Keep it Together

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Cut out the plywood parts with a circular saw or a table saw and a jigsaw for the curves. Bore the 1-1/4-in. dowel holes before assembling the cart.

Step 2

Assemble Cart

Mount casters to the underside of the base with lag screws, then mark and drill holes in the crosspiece for the hose reel and bolt it on. That’s it! Organize nail guns, nail packs, nail gun oil and tire inflation accessories in the handy tool pockets and you’re ready to roll. Our thanks to Phil Mason for this design.

Step 3

Compressor Cart Plans

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Use these dimensions as a guide, but measure your air compressor and make adjustments as necessary. You can all of your tools, materials and accessories together.

The key to staying efficient, though, is to make sure you always have the right tools at hand. Check out these 21 top tool storage ideas to make sure you keep your tools organized!