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Basket Table: Storage on Wheels

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2003


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.


  • 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


  1. 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. 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.

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