I was lucky enough to acquire a steel cart that was used to display Absolut Vodka in liquor stores. I was told it was made to carry half a pallet of vodka, so I figured it would be fine for my lighter duty welding and construction activities.
I think this is something you could do to other types of carts. I hope it will at the least give other people ideas for their projects.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- Casters - 4 of 3-inch total locking casters from Woodcraft, call 800-225-1153 or web site is http://www.woodcraft.com, part# 141051.
- 16 of 5/16 inch bolts for attaching new casters to cart - home improvement store
- 16 of 5/16 inch lock washers - home improvement store
- 16 of 5/16 inch nuts - home improvement store
- 3-inch long deck screws
- 2 pieces of 3/4 inch diameter all-thread at 3 feet long each
The tools I used on the project were as follows:
- Cordless drill
- Drill press
- Hacksaw or cutoff saw
- Screwdrivers and wrenches
- Bolt Cutters
- Various clamps
- 2x4 lumber as needed for the size of your cart
Corian or other solid surface material
- Top piece is 24 inches by 36 inches
- Bottom piece is 28 inches by 41.75 inches
Metal Welding Surface
- This is a piece of steel 24 inches wide, 36 inches long, and 3/8-inches thick. I think it weighs about 95 pounds.
NOTE: If you plan on using any tool for a project please make sure you are familiar with the tool and all of the dangers associated with it. If you are not familiar with a tool then you should ask someone who is to show you the proper way to use it. A lot of communities have classes at local colleges on the proper use of tools and machinery. There are also local woodworking clubs that offer classes at very reasonable rates for beginners. I highly recommend using these resources for your safety and for the most efficient use of the tool.
Always wear eye and hearing protection.
Always work safe with the proper safety equipment and guards on your tools.