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A wooden storage shelving unit on wheels

Overview

This rolling storage cabinet not only looks fantastic, it's perfect if you need a little extra storage space. Once you've put it together, you can make it a feature in any room in the house.

Steps

1Cut your timber

To make this D.I.Y. project easier, have your form ply pre-cut at your local Bunnings store. You can make your cabinet any size you like, for our cabinet we cut the form ply into the following lengths:

  • 1500mm x 400mm x 2
  • 420mm x 600mm x 1
  • 1500mm x 400mm x 1
  • 1500mm x 600mm x 1
  • 270mm x 400mm x 3
Pieces of timber that have been cut to size

2Sand the form ply

Use the 80 grit sandpaper to sand the edges of the form ply, revealing the wood grain and giving it a smooth finish.

Person sanding side of ply with sander

3Pre-drill the outer frame

Start by fixing one of the sides and the bottom together. Pre-drill three holes using a countersink 2mm drill bit.

Person drilling two pieces of ply

4Assemble the outer frame

Apply a bead of glue to the edge of the form ply. Then use 30mm timber screws to join a side and the bottom together. Wipe off any excess glue. Repeat these steps with the other side and the top to make a four-sided frame.  

Person drilling nail to join pieces of timber together

5Measure and mark for the centre shelf

Measure and mark the centre point on the side of the outer frame. Mark on both the inside and outside of the outer frame, so you know where to pre-drill the holes. Use the carpenters square to draw a straight line between the marks. Repeat this on the other side of the shelf. When measuring and marking for the shelf, remember to allow 17mm for the width of the form ply shelf.

Person measuring and marking the centre of a piece of timber using tape measure and pencil

6Pre-drill holes for the centre shelf

Pre-drill three holes in each side of the outer frame with the 2mm drill bit.

Person drilling hole into timber for shelf

7Fix the centre shelf

Use the drill and 30mm timber screws to fix the central horizontal shelf into place.

Person drilling nail to join shelf to cabinet

8Measure and mark for the dividers

You can have as many dividers in your cabinet as you like. Our cabinet has two dividers along the bottom shelf and one in the top shelf. Our two dividers on the bottom shelf were measured and marked 500mm from each end. The divider in the top shelf was measured and marked 750mm from the end. Mark at the top and bottom of the outer frame and use the carpenters square to draw a straight line between them.

Person measuring and marking divider positions in cabinet

9Pre-drill holes for the dividers

Pre-drill the holes for the dividers using a 2mm countersink drill bit. Drill three holes in each end of the dividers.

Person drilling holes in timber

10Fix the dividers

Use the drill and 30mm timber screws to fix the dividers into place.

Person drilling nail into cabinet divider

11Prepare the back of the unit

Apply a bead of PVA glue around the back of the outer frame of the cabinet. Place the back of the unit in place and pre-drill the holes for the screws that will secure it in place.

Person applying PVA glue to cabinet

12Attach the back to the cabinet

Use the cordless drill and 30mm timber screws to attach the back of the cabinet to the frame.

Person drilling nail into cabinet to attach back of cabinet to cabinet

13Attach the casters

Turn the unit upside down. Place a caster in a corner of the storage unit. Use the drill and a 12mm screw to attach it to the unit. Repeat this for the three other casters.

Person drilling wheels onto base of cabinet

14The finishing touches

We're going for an industrial look for our rolling storage cabinet, and have left the screws exposed, but you can use black wood filler to cover yours. We used 120 grit sandpaper to smooth any rough edges. We then applied some wax to the edges to bring out the grain of the timber and protect it. You'll need to apply at least two coats of wax, letting it fully absorb before applying the next coat.

Person applying finish to timber

15Roll the storage cabinet in place

Now your rolling storage cabinet is finished, all that's left to do is decide where to put it.
Rolling cabinet in room with books, lamps, indoor plants and bowl

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.