How To Build A Kitchen Service Cart

A great simple carpentry project to take on is the building of a kitchen service cart. This can be used for entertaining when people are spread around your home. It can also be useful for cooking and prepping food as a moveable surface in your kitchen. So consider building one to add to your home by following some simple directions.

First of all, you will need wood. Maple is a common wood for making service carts and should last a long time, but you can select any wood you like based on how you will use the cart and your budget. Once you have your wood, some galvanized screws, dowels, measuring tape, and drill, you are ready to get started.

The first step is to get your frame built. First, take fourteen pieces of wood cut to 3-1/2″X18″ and lay them facing down (with the side you want to see down). Use a 3/16″ drill bit to pre-drill two holes in the end of each of your pieces of wood. That is a total of 28 holes. Next, you will do the exact same thing with pieces that are 2-1/2″ X 18″. Then, you can attach the 2-1/2″ X 18″ pieces to 2-1/2″ X 24″ pieces. You will then have your frame.

Next, reinforce the corners of your cart by adding 2-3/4″ X 21-1/2″ pieces to the sides. You should do this for each side so that the corners become firm and rigid. This will keep your cart from wobbling too much when you use it.

Now you need wheels. To attach wheels you will want to get a wheel kit most likely. This will probably require you to drill holes to accommodate the wheel units. Simply follow the directions on your wheel kit to make sure you can move your cart from place to place in your home. The other option is to go without wheels and use the cart as a table.

Next, your cart will need a handle for you to push it, unless you decide to go without wheels and then the handle is options. To build a handle, make a template of the shape you want to create using scrap wood or even cardboard. Because of your cart design, you will need to make sure the end attaching to the cart will need to be about three and half inches high and five inches wide. Cut the pieces and drill a three quarters inch hold in the end away from the cart so that you can slide your dowel in for the handle. Once the handle is attached and the dowel is tapped in with a hammer, you should be ready to use your cart.

You can, of course, add shelves. You can also add removable trays or other accessories to the cart as you need or see fit. The beauty of making something like this at home is that you can customize it to your particular needs.

As you can see, there is quite a bit to building a good kitchen utility cart. However, the joy you will get from building it yourself is greater than you would get form buying one. Additionally, you can make a cart that fits your needs and your kitchen best.

WARNING: When using a saw or any power tools use proper eye protection and safety precautions.