Make these mobile stacking totes from 1/2-in. birch veneer plywood. The dimensions we give here allow each tote to interlock snugly with the one above it and the one below it. Plus, you can cut all five parts from one full sheet of plywood!
Cut all the plywood parts to size, cut out the handles and sand all the edges smooth. Then glue and assemble the totes with 18-gauge brad nails. Fill the nail holes with wood filler or surfacing compound. Leave them unfinished or apply stain or paint. If you paint the totes, use an oil-base primer and topcoat for durability. Mount 2-in. casters on the bottom tote to make the stack mobile.
- 4’ x 4’ 1/2” Plywood
- Wood Glue
- 1-1/4” 18-gauge Brad Nails
- 1-1/4” Forstner Bit
- 2” Casters (4)
- 1/2” Construction Screws
What It Takes
- Time: 1 hour
- Cost: $65 (for 3 totes)
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Tools: Circular Saw, Jigsaw, Drill, 18-gauge Brad Nail Gun
Cut the Plywood to Size
Check the Cutting List or the tech art below to get the sizes for the 1/2-in. plywood. Use your circular saw to cut the board to size.
Cut the Handle Holes and Round Edges
Map out the 1-1/4 x 5-in. handle holes and 1-1/4-in.-radius corners on the handle sides (Part A). Drill a pilot hole or use a 1-1/4-in. Forstner bit, so you can start the jigsaw blade in the handle holes. Cut along the lines with a jigsaw.
Assemble the Totes
Assemble the totes using wood glue and 1-1/4-in. 18-gauge brad nails. Fasten the normal sides (Part B) to the base (Part C). The handle sides (Part A) have a 1-1/2-in. reveal at the top and bottom. Use glue and pin nails to attach them to the rest of the assembly.
Attach the Casters
Fasten the 2-in. casters to the tote base (Part C) with 1/2-in. construction or washer-head screws. Finish with a couple of coats of paint or stain to match your interior decor.