Step 3: Attach Ledges to the Long Sides

Mark Powers gluing ledges into a tray area for a bar cart
Photo: Kristine Larson
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Lay a long side on the flat, and use a 1x3 turned on edge to mark off space at the ends, where the short sides will be attached. Apply wood glue along one edge of the long side between the marks. Press a ledge into the glue, flush with the edge of the side piece. Use the nail gun to drive 1 3⁄8-inch nails a few inches apart through the ledge and into the long side. Repeat for the three remaining long sides.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • jigsaw
      jigsaw to cut handles for the top tray
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      pneumatic brad nail gun with 1 3⁄8-inch brad nails
    • chisel
      wood chisel to clean up notch cuts
    • drill
      drill/driver with various bits: ¼ inch, 5⁄16 inch, 3⁄8 inch, combination countersink, and 1-inch paddle
    • flathead screwdriver
      large flathead screwdriver
    • hex keys
      hex key sized to the hex-head connector bolts
    • sandpaper
      120-grit sandpaper and block wood file

    Shopping List

    1. 1x2 cedar for the cart's legs and the ledges for the trays. Buy 22 feet.

    2. 1x3 cedar for the trays and bottle rack. Buy 30 feet.

    3. 1x4 cedar for the tall sides of the top tray and bottle rack. Buy 6 feet.

    4. 2x deck pickets of cedar or treated lumber to make the crosspieces that support the removable top tray.

    5. paint can to trace the shape of the handles for the top tray.6. wood glue

    7. 1-inch hardwood dowel

    8. ½-inch-long brass insert nuts, ¼-20 size

    9. 40-millimeter-long hex-head connector bolts, ¼-20 size

    10. 1½ inch stainless-steel screws

    11. 5⁄8-inch aluminum screw posts

    12. set of two 9-inch wheels with axle, cotter pins, and axle caps.