Today I'm bringing you another project that's going to the patio makeover: A serving cart.
Even though I already have a pair of potting benches that might work for holding food when not in use in the garden, I still find it not too appealing to place food on those surfaces that usually get so dirty.
So, when deciding how to build this cart, I remembered a lovely cart project that
this blogger that I admire so much, had done right HERE. After some consideration, I gave it a go, it seemed like an easy enough build. I was full of projects and the last thing I wanted was something too complicated.
Well, now I know it was for sure an easy project that would make a great addition to any outdoor space, and it looks so good, I'm tempted to bring it inside the house!
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Top & Bottom Frames:
(4) 1" x 4" x 48" boards
(6) 1" x 4" x 19" boards
(8) 1" x 4" x 32" boards
(1) 1" x 4" x 51" board
(1) 1" x 6" x 51" board
(2) 1" x 6" x 20.5" boards
(6) 1" x 4" x 49.5" boards
(5) 1" x 4" x 48" boards
Other Materials and Tools:
- Miter saw or circular saw - even a regular saw works here.
- Drill with drill bits
- Kreg Jig
- Measuring tape
- 1¼" pocket hole screws
- 1¼" exterior screws
- Wood glue
Using the cut list above, cut your material, frames, legs, slats and apron.
Put together both frames using 1¼" pocket hole screws and glue.
Make sure your frames are square.
Each leg consists of two 1" x 4" x 32" boards. Again, using the pocket hole jig, drill ¾" holes along side one of the boards for each leg. Attach both boards at a 90-degree angle. Repeat the same process for all the legs.
Now, it's time to put together the frames and legs.
Place a set of legs on the floor, bring one of the frames and position it at the far end of both legs.
Attach that top frame to the legs from the inside of frame using two-1¼" exterior screws on both sides of frame -four screws on each corner.
Mark the position for the bottom frame at 12.5" from the bottom of the legs.
Position the bottom of the frame at that distance, and attach it to the legs.
At this point it already looked like a cart, you can add the top and bottom slats and leave it like that.
But, I wanted to give it the pretty look the apron adds.
So, I added scrap pieces of 1" x 4" material all around the top frame, in between the legs.
Those scraps pieces are the ones, as well as the legs, where the apron pieces get attached to. The 1" x 4" x 51" goes to the front.
All the other apron pieces (1" x 6"s) go to the back and sides, to create a raised edge on those three sides.
At this point, I went ahead and dry-fitted all the top and bottom slats. I also gave the entire cart a good sanding, especially those 1" x 6" corners.
Next, I gave the entire frame two coats of Behr - Ext Semi-Gloss Graphic Charcoal.
And added a vintage baluster I had on had to serve as towel holder. Look at that gorgeous patina!
The corners on the front-top slat were diagonally trimmed. All the slats were stained and attached to the frames with one screw on both ends.
Needles to say, I'm loving this cart!
For the complete Patio Makeover click HERE.
*Ryobi Tools were given to me to try out,
I love them so much so that they are the tools I use for my every day projects.
All stated opinions are my own.*
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