The big pie in the sky plan this weekend was attempting to get to some garage sales on Saturday and the flea market on Sunday to start shopping for The Olde Farmhouse event.
But with my son not feeling up to par, I knew it was a stay at home kinda weekend.
One more setback sealed that deal…
The back of my truck was stuffed to the rafters with my old fence wood lottery win. There would be no more additional shopping with this going on!
Nice problem to have, I know. My wood stash was scary low, so this came at a most awesome time.
But as always, one thing leads to another. I had no place to store it.
We drove around with the wood inside the truck for a day, but every movement the truck made, the wood would scratch against the windows… it had to come out… pronto!
I set my son up with a huge pot of homemade chicken soup, then made my way down to the workshop to sort this one out.
I have not been blessed with a large workshop. When you’re trying to work AND store in a single car garage, you really have to overthink everything.
The only wasted space I could really note was below this green folding table. (the top is now white as you’ll see below)
The table has become imperative for workspace, so it’s stayed. But it’s always difficult to position, because it was either too close to the wood storage, or too close to the main work isle.
So… 2 brainstorms in one, here we come!
Wood storage cart under a farm table workbench
How to make a wood cart with casters
1. Cut down 2x4s to size, and screw together a frame.
2. Add casters.
3. Build up the sides for wood storage stability.
First up, I screwed together a simple frame with 2x4s and casters underneath. This would become a ‘cart’ of sorts, to store the wood on.
But wait… I jumped ahead… did you notice the cool table legs?
1. Attach a 2×4 to the ends of the table, for more ‘base’ to work with.
2. Screw legs with casters attached, into the 2×4.
3. Add a plank trim along the sides to cover the leg joins.
I desired the table to also roll. But the metal legs couldn’t accommodate casters, plus their cross bracing underneath the table created a storage issue. Removing the metal legs would have required the entire table to come apart. No thanks.
So I added a 2×4 along the side of the table, screwed legs into that, then added trim.
The folding legs could then easily collapse inside the table and be out of the way, yet still be intact should I ever desire to use it like that again.
Neighbour Jake and I brainstormed this idea. I was going to cut the pipes, but this was easier! 🙂
Here are the metal legs still down.
Pretty cool, right? Now it looks like an old farm table with a little cart thing to match!
You may be asking, “Why two pieces? Why not add shelves under the table?”
#1. I desired the weight of the wood to be on its own. This would make the table much lighter to push around.
#2. The length of the wood planks were longer than the depth of the table, so now the wood can be pushed farther away from my work area, with the table closer.
This has solved all my space issues. Now I can position everything where it will benefit me most!
I ran out of 4″ deck screws (for the legs) so I couldn’t complete the other side. And it still needs trim board along the front and back to hide the green. So… I’ll take a nice shoot of this once it’s 100% complete.
And… finish unloading my truck… this is only over just half! Ho boy…
Guess I’d better hurry up and build something BIG.
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