D.I.Y. rolling storage cabinet

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D.I.Y. rolling storage cabinet

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Project 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. Continue to Step-by-step instructions.
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Quick Tip

Trying to get a headless nail out of a piece of wood can be frustrating. But if you have a pair of pliers and a pry bar, you’ll have it out in no time. Simply lock the pliers tightly on the shank of the nail and then use the pry bar to lever it off. It shouldn’t take too much effort for the nail to come straight out.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber
2 Sand the form ply
3 Pre-drill the outer frame
4 Assemble the outer frame
5 Measure and mark for the centre shelf
6 Pre-drill holes for the centre shelf
7 Fix the centre shelf
8 Measure and mark for the dividers
9 Pre-drill holes for the dividers
10 Fix the dividers
11 Prepare the back of the unit
12 Attach the back to the cabinet
13 Attach the casters
14 The finishing touches
15 Roll the storage cabinet in place
  • Step 1. Cut 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
  • Step 2. Sand 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.

  • Step 3. Pre-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.

  • Step 4. Assemble 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.  

  • Step 5. Measure 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.

  • Step 6. Pre-drill holes for the centre shelf

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

  • Step 7. Fix the centre shelf

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

  • Step 8. Measure 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.

  • Step 9. Pre-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.

  • Step 10. Fix the dividers

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

  • Step 11. Prepare 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.

  • Step 12. Attach the back to the cabinet

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

  • Step 13. Attach 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.

  • Step 14. The 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.

  • Step 15. Roll the storage cabinet in place

    Now your rolling storage cabinet is finished, all that’s left to do is decide where to put it.

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.

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