Storage box with bed frame wheels
I already made one box like that out of scraps, to go under a shelf like this, and decided to make another using more scrap wood I had lying around.
Two of the sides are actually particle board scraps. Good enough for this, but useless for just about anything else.
At right, I'm cutting a second piece to the same length as the first piece using the first piece on top as a ruler.
I cut rabbets into the sides of the box (before assembling it) so the edges of the plywood would be hidden. I cut the plywood to fit exactly in the opening, then applied glue to all surfaces, and squeezed it in.
I drilled a hole for the pin that these casters normally swivel on, then inserted the casters.
Bed frame casters normally swivel in a plastic sleeve for the pin, but even with that, they don't swivel very well. I only need to be able to pull this box in and out from under the shelf, so I put two drywall screws next to the caster wheel to prevent it from swivelling.
Four casters mounted. I oriented them to face inward. The swivel pin ends up just inside the box, and when the box is loaded, the casters will want to tilt inward, forcing the pins of the casters to tilt outward and press against the inside sides of the box.
Then Harriet came by, and I gave her a ride in the box. She didn't like it much.
I still have a lot more work left to do to get organized in my new shop, and it's good to have another place to put stuff away. A key part of getting organized is to make enough "away" places to put stuff.
Yet another shelf build This one with double mortise and tenon joints
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