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Building a Laundry Caddy

This DIY Basic will provide tips on building a laundry caddy.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

4x8 veneer plywood
1/4-inch wood strips
1/2-inch board
1-inch dowel
power drill with wood bit
pocket hole drill bit with adjustable stop-collar
wood screws
table saw
wood glue
paint or stain
poly sealant
2-inch rubber casters

Step 3: Measure and Cut Materials

Customize a laundry caddy to fit wasted space in your laundry room. Start by customizing dimensions to fit your space.

With table saw, cut plywood panels for front, back, bottom and top.

From 1/2-inch board, cut two uprights to hold dowel.

Tip: Make uprights tall enough that you can hang clothing from dowel.

Paint or stain all panels, shelving material, dowel, uprights and wood strips. A tinted primer will allow you to get by with one coat of paint.

Step 4: Attach the Panels

Using pocket holes, attach front and back panels to bottom, then to top.

Pre-drill holes using pocket hole drill bit with adjustable stop-collar.

Apply glue to edges of panels and clamp together.

Insert pocket screws.

Step 5: Cut and Attach the Shelves

Measure interior distance between front and back panels.

Cut shelves out of plywood to fit.

Using pocket holes, attach shelves to front and back panels.

Cut wood strips 2 inches wide to fit inside shelf edges. Glue wood strips in place.

Step 6: Install Uprights and Dowels

With power drill and wood bit, drill holes through uprights large enough for dowel.

Using L-brackets, attach upright on left side of caddy.

Insert dowel through both uprights and mark position of right upright. Attach right upright to caddy.

Attach rubber casters to bottom.