Steps // How to Make a Hardworking Kitchen Cart
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Overview to Make a Hardworking Kitchen Cart

 
Step One // How to Make a Hardworking Kitchen Cart

Overview to Make a Hardworking Kitchen Cart

collection of butcher block wood, metal pipes, and joining materials to make a Hardworking Kitchen Cart
Photo by Mark Lund

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.

 
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Cut the Parts

 
Step Two // How to Make a Hardworking Kitchen Cart

Cut the Parts

a smiling person uses a miter saw to cut a pipe
Photo by Mark Lund

Determine the height, width, and length of the cart. We designed ours around a 2-by-4-foot workbench top. Fit a miter saw with a nonferrous metal cutting blade, or use a hacksaw, to trim the aluminum tubes to length.

 
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Assemble the Frame

 
Step Three // How to Make a Hardworking Kitchen Cart

Assemble the Frame

two smiling people put together the pipe frame of a kitchen speed cart. One is holding the frame steady while the second uses a hex key to tighten a connection
Photo by Mark Lund

Use fittings to join the tubes together and make a three-dimensional rectangle. Slip the tabs onto the horizontal tubes to secure the top and the shelf to the cart before tightening the corner fittings. Tighten the setscrews at each fitting with a hex key.

 
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Add the Top

 
Step Four // How to Make a Hardworking Kitchen Cart

Add the Top

two people on either end of the completed frame of a kitchen speed cart lower the upper wood, cutting-board shelf in place. the shelf on the lower level is already in place.
Photo by Mark Lund

Using tee fittings, add the pair of aluminum tubes that will support the rack above one end of the cart. Space the tabs evenly to support the top and the shelf from underneath, and secure them with the hex key. Use screws to attach runners to the bottom tabs, then add strips of oak to the runners to make a slat shelf. Drill pilot holes to join the pieces with wood screws. Drop the top in place and fasten it the same way. Add the casters and tighten the setscrews as before.

 
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Build the Overhead Rack

 
Step Five // How to Make a Hardworking Kitchen Cart

Build the Overhead Rack

two people use cloths to rub mineral oil into the cutting board surface of the completed kitchen storage speed cart
Photo by Mark Lund

Rub two coats of food-grade mineral oil onto the butcher-block top and the shelf below to protect the wood from staining over time. Add a few hooks to the storage rack above to keep frequently used items at hand. Bulkier items can be stowed below.

 
 

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