How to Make a Hardworking Kitchen Cart
In one of our #DIYDARE challenge projects, turn aluminum tubes, fittings and some butcher block into a speedy cart that works indoors or out
Transform a pile of aluminum tubes into just about anything with fittings that cinch in place at the turn of a setscrew. We used this system to build a kitchen cart that, when paired with casters and a durable butcher-block workbench top, pulls double duty indoors and out.
Could you do better? It's your turn to make use of any scraps you've got lying around, supplemented, of course, by one or three trips to the home center, to build a project of your own.
We're calling it the #DIYDARE. Check out our examples to get inspired, then snap a photo and of your project and tag it #DIYdare when you post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. (HASH)Tag, you're it.
Overview to Make a Hardworking Kitchen Cart
Lyndsey looked at the aluminum tubes and fittings poking up from the box of parts in her #DIYDARE kit and fist-bumped Nate.
"Whatever we do, it's gonna be like building with Tinkertoys," she said. "But what should it be?" The stainless-steel color and a nearby workbench top made it click. "A rolling island," Lyndsey said.
They cut the aluminum tubes to length and joined them with fittings and a hex key. With the frame built, they added slats below for bulk storage, the beefy maple work surface above, and an overhead rack to keep frequently used pans handy.
Standing back and admiring their work, Nate said, "Not bad for the kitchen, but those wheels mean we can roll it right outside for backyard-cocktail time!" An idea they'll clearly drink to.