Next, tools! Circular hand saw - check, fine tooth hand saw - check, sander - check, drill - check, hammer - check, power screw driver - check, awl - check, tape measure - check, The makings of an art cart can happen!
I drew out my design based on features I wanted. Figured out the skeleton structure and obviously tweaked a few things - mainly support features as the project was in the making. Made several trips to Home Depot (love that store!) - 1x2s Premium grade (part of the skeleton), 3/8" tempered hardwood (for vertical dividers), door pulls (to match my 'store bought' painting cart), heavy duty casters, corner angles, corner molding for trim, paint pads, and a few certain size screws. Plus some special furniture paint from another store (see below).
Here's the cart as it came into being:
|Talk about a mess in the studio - too cold to work in the garage!|
|Put some shelves on the backside!|
|Just about ready to prime. Notice the grooves in the bottom plywood and in 1x2's above - for tempered hardboard vertical dividers.|
|Note the support braces in the corners.|
|Salvaged wood from the new window packaging came in handy. Perfect for support of the casters!|
|Used Glidden "Gripper" Grey to prime the unfinished wood. Used grey because my finish coat would be black. Great primer! Then lightly sanded to get a smooth surface for the two finish coats.|
|Used Plexiglass - this way I could see what was on the shelf!|
|Backside of cart with useful shelves!|
|Had to show my 'secret' shelf for flat work (just above the drawer) - small but useful.|
|Love these paint pads - no brush strokes, paint goes on smooth and quicker than with a brush. Olde Century Colors paint is specifically for furniture - wonderful creamy consistency and great coverage!|