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Project

Basket Table: Storage on Wheels

Introduction

This mobile end table organizes clutter with the flip of a lid, and can be whisked off to wherever it's needed. Start by painting the basket and lid.

Materials

  • Sturdy, lidded basket
  • Four 1-by-2s
  • Latex satin-finish paint
  • Scrap lumber
  • Six 1 1/4-inch wood screws
  • Power screwdriver
  • Four casters and screws

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Position two 1-by-2s, cut 2 inches shorter than basket's length, inside basket 1 inch from each side. Align with second pair -- cut the same length, mitered at a 45-degree angle, and painted -- placed on the underside, with scrap lumber beneath. From inside basket, join three layers with wood screw.

  2. Step 2

    Screw casters to supports on bottom of basket. If you plan to put heavy books or plants on top of the lid, it's a good idea to insert a strong plastic or wooden lidded box inside the basket, flush with the rim, for additional support.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2003

Reviews (25)

  • mackie831 13 Jan, 2010

    Where can you find a basket just like this one? Any websites or stores anyone knows of? Thanks

  • elga_ds 11 Jan, 2010

    love it! this will be my next lady's ministry craft project. thanks!

  • Carie1 11 Jan, 2010

    It is great if you don't have any carpet throughout the house.

  • sheila44love 9 Jan, 2010

    GREAT IDEA,i WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW YOU GOT THE LADY SLIPPER ON THE TABLE TO GROW?THEY ARE MY FAVORITE PLANT.
    SHEILA

  • bertram 19 Sep, 2009

    I made this basket on wheels several years ago. It was easy and I still use it.

  • jencooper 4 Mar, 2009

    I think this would be a wondeful idea for my teenage daughters room!! And maybe even my son!! What a great project we can all work together on.

  • Petronella2008 25 Feb, 2009

    What a clever idea-I have a rattan file container that can use some casters!

  • carolinedefran 25 Feb, 2009

    that sounds like a great idea - casters are intimidating to me

  • 2617 25 Feb, 2009

    I did the same thing with a large open basket but used large ball finials Instead of casters for feet. Spray painted the whole thing. Made a decorative basket liner and used it for books in my grand-daughter's bedroom.

  • vikingmaiden 24 Feb, 2009

    I love this!! It looks so french country and I can't get enough of nice practical ideas.

  • mfrances 24 Feb, 2009

    This is the coolest idea you've had in a long time. I might try using screw on legs rather than the rollers. As long as you have a basket with handles then you can just grab and go if you want to use it elsewhere.

  • jurziegurl48 24 Feb, 2009

    Zaf...perhaps working outside on saw horses or on a garage workbench would solve your problem. Most people do not do carpentry on their dining room tables. I don't think Martha intended for you to ruin yours.

  • dets 24 Feb, 2009

    Because over time the basket bottom can deteriorate if weight is added, change the 1x2's to two pieces of plywood 1/2" thick and edges sanded rounding off the sharp edges. Place on inside bottom and underside painted or stained depending on the basket. Then add the casters.

  • zaftig 24 Feb, 2009

    Well, that didn't work! Yes, the 'scrap lumber' is any surface you don't mind damaging if, when you screw together the sandwich of 1x2, basket, 1x2, you happen to miss with the screw and go thru to that surface. You don't want to end up with a basket screwed to your dining room table!

  • zaftig 24 Feb, 2009

    Martha

  • snperch 24 Feb, 2009

    Is the scrap wood extra, besides the wood used for the 4 pieces inside and outside of the basket? Directions are sort of vague for novices like me. You ought to have a video showing how to make some of these projects.

  • She-sha 24 Feb, 2009

    If you didn't have the scrap wood you may have difficulty with getting the casters to stay on. So the scrap wood makes the basket sturdy and it gives you a stable place to screw in the casters. It seems like an easy enough project. Home Depot always has a bin full of scrap wood.

  • alta2 24 Feb, 2009

    I wonder if the scrap is just a platform to work so you don't go through when you drilling. When it says three layers I think that is the two pieces of wood and the basket. You need to go all the way through all wood because you need to attach the screw.

  • Seajewells 24 Feb, 2009

    Scrap lumber is the extra bits of wood that one has left over from other projects, and it seems that for this project, one needs scrap bits to go between the 1x2's on the outside of the basket and the basket itself.

  • gardenpoet 24 Feb, 2009

    What do you mean by scrap lumber and where does it go?

  • Lynne0126 27 Jun, 2008

    This would be a great idea for old picnic baskets.

  • anfitriones 22 May, 2008

    Seeing the potential of this idea, I will put wheels to any big box that I already have in my party supplies store.... Thank you for this great solution!

  • Melodie-Belle 15 May, 2008

    Outstanding! My DD could really use this idea in her tiny home!!

  • greatgrammatery 3 Apr, 2008

    wonderful idea and good use for unused picnic baskets. Can paint colors to corrdinate the room it's in. I'm trying one for my granddaughters room. thanks.

  • joyful2008 28 Feb, 2008

    what a great idea. Practical and easy