How to Build a Rolling Garden Table


A rolling garden table is handy to have, whether you use it in a greenhouse or outdoors. A rolling table is used to store gardening supplies, as a plant stand or to work on when potting or transplanting plants. The rolling garden table can be as simple or as complex as you need, but should have good-sized casters so that it is easy to roll around outside. If you are only using the garden table inside, you can use smaller casters.

Step 1

Cut the boards to the size you have determined your garden table should be if you did not purchase boards previously cut to size.

Step 2

Cut the 1- by-1-inch boards to fit on the edges of the flat sides of the plywood. Sides A and C are the length of the plywood. Sides B and D are 1 inch shorter than the depth of the plywood. Apply wood glue to the bottom of the 1- by-1-inch boards (one at a time). Line the boards up with the edge of the plywood (one at a time). Screw the table's edges onto the plywood. Repeat for the second piece of plywood.

Step 3

Determine how high you want the bottom shelf of the rolling garden table. Measure and mark the 2-inch boards from the bottom up. Lay two of the 2-inch boards on a flat surface, with the measurement marks up. Using wood screws, screw L-brackets into the 2-inch boards, so the 90-degree angle is facing up. Fit the plywood (side B) onto the brackets. Screw the top of the bracket into the bottom of the plywood shelf. Repeat for the other two legs (side D).

Step 4

Stand the table up. Measure the legs for the top shelf by measuring from the top down to 1 5/8 inches. Screw in L-brackets on each of the legs (at the marks). Fit the second plywood tray on the L-brackets. Screw the L-brackets up into the top tray.

Step 5

"Square off" the table by measuring diagonally from corner to corner. Manipulate the tray with your hands until the measurements line up. Screw three 3 ½-inch wood screws through the legs, into the trays on all four corners. Offset the center screw so it is higher than the two outside screws.

Step 6

Router the edges of the legs and trays for additional decoration, if you wish. Paint or stain the rolling garden cart, if you wish. Allow the cart to dry for two days, then flip the cart upside down. Using 1-inch screws, screw the casters into the bottom of the legs.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 10-inch swivel casters
  • 4 2- by 2-inch boards (height determined by the desired height of table)
  • 8 1- by 1-inch boards (length and width determined by length and width of table)
  • 2 5/8-inch sheets of plywood (length and width determined by length and width of table)
  • 1 ½-inch wood screws (quantity determined by table size)
  • 24 3 ½-inch wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • 8 L-brackets
  • Router (optional)
  • Saw (optional)
  • Paint or stain (optional)


  • Service Caster--Casters for wheel lift
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