How to Build a Tool Barrow
Build this tool table! It organizes bench-top tools, rolls them right where you need them, then stands rock-steady when you put the tools to work.
The Family Handyman
Build reader Duane Barnes’ mobile tool table! It organizes bench-top tools, rolls them right where you need them, then stands rock-steady when you put the tools to work. The low-slung 28-in. table is the right height for easy operation by most folks, but you can modify any of its dimensions to fit your needs.
To build one, you’ll need:
■ Four 27-1/2 in. 2×4 legs
■ Two 2 x 4-ft. plywood panels for the top and shelf
■ Four 42-in. 1×3 apron boards
■ Four 20-in. 1×3 apron boards
■ Two 6-in. dia. metal wheels
■ Two 8-in. x 1-1/4 in. x 3/16-in. steel strips
■ Two lawn mower wheel axles (Arnold MTD part No. ASB-150, www.mtdproducts.com)
■ Two 3-ft. 1/2-in. dia. iron pipes ■ Six 3/4-in. galvanized pipe straps
■ Twenty 3-1/2 in. x 3/8-in. carriage bolts, nuts and washers
■ Sixteen 3-in. x 3/8-in. lag bolts
Build the table frame by bolting the 42-in. apron boards to the 2×4 legs, then lag-screw the 20-in. apron boards to the ends. Cut one of the plywood pieces to 43-1/2 x 20 in., notch each corner, and fit and screw it on the lower apron boards. Attach the pipe handles with pipe straps, pinching the straps with a pliers as you screw them on so the hold the pipes snugly to the leg. Drill holes in the ends of pipes for a retainer bolt to stop the handles when you pull them out. Screw on the top panel, leaving the handle end flush with the apron.
Drill 3/8-inch holes in the steel strips—one for the axle and two for attaching to the leg. If you don’t have a drill press, clamp the strip firmly to a workbench and drill the holes with a hand drill. Bolt the wheels to the strips with the axles, then mark and bolt the strips to the legs with the wheels just touching the floor. That’s it—you’re ready to organize your tools!