Easy-build cart solves several shop issues
I organize and store hardware in shallow fishing-tackle boxes, with clear lids that enable me to quickly see what's inside. Those boxes began to take up a lot of room on my workbench, so I came up with this cart to hold all of them.
Build the cart from 3⁄4 " MDO (medium-density overlay) plywood for the top, bottom, sides, and middle divider. The divider adds structural integrity and creates more storage on the other side of the cart. Determine the cart's dimensions, using your tackle boxes as a starting point. Dado the sides to hold 1⁄4 " hardboard panels supporting each tackle box. Attach trim strips to the front and back edges to keep the panels from sliding out.
I added aluminum angle around the top for appearance's sake, durability, and to keep small items from rolling off. The top also makes a good spot for benchtop tools. I built a slightly larger top that fits over the cart top for jobs that require a bigger worksurface. The loaded cart will weigh a lot, so use good casters, two of them the locking type.
—Kevin Schendel, Saint Cloud, Fla.