Air Compressor Cart

Mobilize your air compressor and accessories

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.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Build the 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.

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. 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.

Compressor Cart Plans

Use these dimensions as a guide, but measure your air compressor and make adjustments as necessary.

Details for compressor cart.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Circular saw
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Jigsaw

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

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

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