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Build a Kitchen Island Cart with Crates

Add storage and a worktop to your kitchen with this island cart project.

Built around nine food storage crates, this kitchen island cart is super-simple. Follow the instructions and illustrations below to build one yourself.

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Materials

  • (6) Large Crates
  • (3) Vegetable Crates
  • (2) 4’ x 8’ x .5” Plywood Sheets
  • 4’ x 8’ .1875” Plywood Sheet
  • (4) Casters
  • 1-1/4” Brad Nails
  • 3/8” Wood Screws

Tools

  • Circular Saw/Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Brad Nailer

Cut List

  • (4) 18” x 31” x 1/2” Plywood Boards (Vertical Dividers)
  • (2) 12.75” x 18” x 1/2” Plywood Boards (Horizontal Dividers)
  • (2) 12” x 14” x 1/2” Plywood Boards (Horizontal Dividers)
  • 43.5” x 20” x 1/2” Plywood Board (Top)
  • 41.5” x 18” x 1/2” Plywood Board (Base)
  • 41.5” x 31” x .1875” Plywood Board (Back)

Instructions

Project by Crates & Pallet

island cart step 1Illustration: Courtesy of Crates & Pallet

1. Arrange vertical plywood boards (the middle dividers) 14 in. apart and secure them through the base with brad nails.

island cart step 2Illustration: Courtesy of Crates & Pallet

2. Attach the top so that there is an even overhang on all sides and secure it with brad nails.

island cart step 3Illustration: Courtesy of Crates & Pallet

3. Insert horizontal dividers evenly spaced as shown, secure them with brad nails.

island cart step 4Illustration: Courtesy of Crates & Pallet

4. Insert the crates and secure casters to base using wood screws. That’s it! Add some paint, if you wish, and the finished project shown below includes some signs on the front of the crates to indicate what’s stored inside.

kitchen island cart with cratesPhoto: Courtesy of Crates & Pallet