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Shelves on Wheels

Shelves on Wheels

Jan 16, 2016

I scored some used shelving 18” x 36” x 72” for $10 bucks from an onsite auction of a closed furniture store. Space is at a preimum in my house and garage. I wanted to put some wheels on the shelves so I can move them around the garage.

Wow they’re on sale for $55 bucks at HomeDepot. (oops online + exorbitant shipping) These are significantly stronger shelves than the plastic and metal ones that are only a few dollars less expensive.

I bought a 4×8 sheet of 3/8 inch plywood. Homedepot was kind enough to rip it to my specifications. I bought a dolly on sale at Harbor Freight (HF) for twelve bucks that I salvaged both the casters and carriage bolts and nuts.

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I want to put wheels on these shelves.

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I start with a diagram of my idea. It was very helpful in describing the cuts I wanted from the HomeDepot saw cuts. I keep a project journal with graph style pages. Two pieces of 3/8” plywood. The bottom piece is 1” wider on all four sides. This will fit just inside the metal colums of the shelving unit.

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Clamped for curing over night at least ten hours. I used full tube of “Liquid Nails”

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Bummer! Surprised that the liquid nails didn’t hold. Well anyway I’m forging on bolting the casters to the two pieces of plywood.

 

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I clamp a piece of the salvaged HF dolly in place to use as a drill guide for the caster cariage bolts. ShelvingWheels_IMG_0470

Casters attached surrounded by the dregs of the salvaged HF dolly.

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A detail of how the shelving fits snugly over the top piece resting on the bottom.

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The custom shelving dolly raises the shelves a little less than 4 inches. Looking good. They seem pretty stable.

Time will tell.

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