I started looking for a cart to transport my art and I looked at laundry carts, Rubbermaid carts or even other types of carts, all of which did not fit into my car. I finally decided to build my own custom sized art transport carts that would fit both my art and car space with the seats folded down. I decided on a size that was 18" by 42" to allow two units in the back and with a size that my largest art (30" by 24" could fit. It would need casters to roll into the galleries.
Looking at some of the detail of the assembly.
I had Home Depot cut the plywood to my size (18" by 42") which they do for free (up to two cuts free).
Below you can see the Three way connector at the top of the unit.
|3 way connector|
You can remove the printing on the pipe by using Acetone (danger of vapors) or sanding (much elbow grease) or you can paint over them with white spray paint. Or you can leave them, after all its your cart for your purposes.
|4 way connector|
And finally, you can see the detail of the table caps attaching to the plywood and the casters on the bottom for mobility. All in all it is a very easy build requiring cutting of the pipe to your sizes, gluing the pipes together and screwing in the table caps and the casters. I also placed screws in all the end pipe connectors to strengthen the "handles" that would be supporting the entire weight of the cart and the art when moving it in and out of the car or truck. The glue might have held but I wanted to make sure it did not deconstruct in the middle of an art show.
|Table Cap from the top|
|Table Cap and Caster attaching to plywood|
I purchased all my parts from Home Depot but I could have gone to Lowes too. Three of the parts had to be ordered online because Home Depot did not stock them in local stores. I ordered online and had them deliver to the local store with free shipping. I used 3/4" PVC pipe in order to keep the weight down. It ended up weighing 15 lbs.
One small note on the parts list. While I wanted to use 3/4" PVC pipe the "Formufit Table Screw Cap" only came in 1' as its smallest size. So I had to purchase a 1" to 3/4" adapter (converter) to down size the table cap to fit the 3/4" PVC.
|Art Cart ready for art|
Parts List and cost of parts
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