Keep your fruit and veg tidied away in your own practical trolley. This step by step guide on how to make a DIY pallet trolley will show you how to turn a few planks of wood into a useful piece of kitchen equipment.
Fruit and vegetables are undoubtedly highly nutritious foods that should form part of our regular diet. In order to preserve them well, some of them need to be stored at room temperature. This is true in the case of:
- Citrus fruits
- Kiwis, pears, plums and peaches
- Garlic, onions, potatoes and sweet potatoes
With a DIY vegetable trolley not only can you separate your fruit and veg into the different shelves, but can also keep them handy and within view. This lets you easily see which ones are past their best and throw them out before the others are affected.
Tools and Materials
To make a vegetable trolley like the one in this tutorial, you will need the following tools and materials:
- Reciprocating saw or crow bar
- Electric plane
- Mitre saw or mitre box and hand saw
- Nail gun
- Drill/ screwdriver
- Pocket hole jig
- Wood screws
- A pallet
- 4 spruce planks measuring 240cm x 38mm x 38mm and 2 measuring 240cm x 47mm x 12mm
- Plywood measuring 120cm x 40cm x 5mm
- 4 wheels
- Linseed oil
Cost, time and difficulty
The materials required for this vegetable trolley cost less than £30. The main advantage is that you can make any size you want so that it fits in your kitchen perfectly.
If you need any of the tools and materials that we used to create the trolley, you can find them here.
This DIY project will take around one day (around 8 hours) to complete. Exact timing depends on your skills and the type of tools used, as using manual tools will take longer.
Lastly, we have classified this project with a medium difficulty rating as we feel that it is best suited to DIYers with some prior experience. However, we’d like to encourage you to give it a go and take it on as a challenge if you want to scrub up your DIY skills!
How to Make a DIY Pallet Trolley
This DIY Pallet Trolley consists of a frame made from planks, and three boxes made from pallet boards.
Step 1: Dismantle the pallet
The first step is to dismantle the pallet. To do so, you can use either a crow bar or reciprocating saw. With the latter, remember you will need to use an appropriate blade for both wood and metal.
Step 2: Sand the pallet boards
The next step is to sand the boards as they tend to be rough and uneven. As an alternative you can use an electric sander, to save time, but this can make the wood rougher and the next stop will take longer.
Step 3: Assemble the boxes
Once sanded, assemble the sections of the trolley using the pallet boards. To do so, cut the boards with the mitre saw or hand saw to end up with 8 boards measuring 40cm long and 8 boards measuring 30cm long.
Next, use the nail gun to join the two sides measuring 40cm to form a rectangle. Then, cut a piece of plywood to nail to the base of the box. Remember that the exact measurements will depend on the width of the pallet boards
One of the boxes will be taller than the rest to allow you to store larger fruit and veg such as pumpkins and watermelons, etc. This will be made in almost the same way as the other boxes, but you will attach the two pallet boards to several vertical planks, as illustrated in the picture below.
Step 4: Assemble the structure
To make the frame of the vegetable trolley you will need to cut the planks to the following sizes using the mitre saw:
• 4 measuring 600 x 38 x 38mm, 4 measuring 400 x 38 x 38mm and 4 measuring 300 x 38 x 38mm at a right angle
• 2 measuring 650 x 38 x 38mm at an angle of 32 degrees
• 4 measuring 300 x 38 x 38mm at an angle of 32 degrees at one end and 22 degrees at the other
• 6 measuring 440 x 47 x 12mm
Next, use the 4 planks measuring 600 x 38 x 38mm and the 4 measuring 400 x 38 x 38mm to form the sides. To do so, use a guide to make pocket holes diagonally in the wood and screw on the planks. As an alternative you can use angle brackets.
Next, nail 3 planks measuring 440 x 47 x 12mm to each end, leaving enough space between them to fit the boxes.
To attach the diagonal planks, screw the longest one to the horizontal planks, then add the 30cm planks to the top and bottom.
Join both sides with the planks measuring 300 x 38 x 38mm following the same assembly process using pocket hole screws. Once the framework is assembled, screw the wheels to the bottom.
Step 5: Protect the wood with oil
The final step is to protect with wood with linseed oil. To do this, apply the oil using a paint brush and leave for several hours to penetrate the wood. Then remove the excess oil with a clean cloth.
Linseed oil is the most suitable coating for wood which is going to come into contact with food, as it is the most natural.
And there you have it!
This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!