Be safe! Know how to use your tools before you begin the project. If you have a helper that is great.
My homemade trolleys are a great way to move heavy items around the house or garage. Use any scrap wood and screws you might have around the yard. I used drywall screws and 2 x 4’s left over from another project. I hate to throw stuff away if it might be useful later.
Today I am going to show you how to make these little-wheeled trolleys. The supplies you will need include:
- Ryobi 18 volt circular saw or hand saw
- Ryobi 18 volt drill with screwdriver bit
- Screws 2-1/2″ x 24
- 2″ x 4″ (1 board 8′ long)
- Swivel caster wheels 2″ x 4 wheels
- Tape measure, pencil
- Straight edge (level or “L” square)
- Screwdrivers (if no power tools)
- Dewalt Clamps
- Safety glasses and gloves
- Drill bits.
The finished measurements for the trolley are 16″x 16″. If you want to make two trolleys, double the materials. It’s easier and safer to move heavier items with two.
Gather all of your supplies and tools before you start. You can always use non-power tools. It just takes longer to get the job done.
Measure out the segments for your wood pieces first. Mark four-16 and 1/8th inches on the 2×4 board. The extra 1/8″ is for the width of the saw blade. Wear your gloves and safety glasses when using the power tools. If you have a speed square or “L” square, use it to get a straight line across your board.
Cut the four pieces of wood with the circular saw. I have a Ryobi 18 volt, handheld circular saw. It has a 5-1/2″ blade. The saw is lightweight and easy for me to hold.
Now you have four cross pieces. Next, use your Dewalt clamps to hold the boards together. Two boards on top and two on the bottom. The drill bit should be just a little smaller than the screw diameter. Mark where the pilot holes for the screws will go before you start. Drill the pilot holes and insert the screws.
Set the caster wheels on the bottom boards and mark them with your pencil. This way you will know where to place the screws that will connect the top and bottom boards of your trolley.
I like to drill pilot holes for the screws. The pilot holes keep the wood from splitting when you insert the screws. Use the 2-1/2″ long screws to secure the boards together. Two screws on each end of the boards.
The only thing left to do is attach your wheels. Four screws for each castor. Shazam! Now you have some cool trolleys to move stuff around your house or garage. Cement or wood floors are probably the best surfaces to use these trolleys on.