DIY- How to make a garage dollies

Fall is the time to reorganize the garage and  get all my leftover garden supplies out-of-the-way for the winter.  I always have half filled bags of potting soil, compost, limestone, grass seed, corn gluten and many others.  I have been told that if the bags are sealed tightly (keeping moisture and air out), the products will last another season so out with the duct tape for winter packing.  I also found that the bags are often still very heavy so I have made some wonderful dollies to help ease the back pain.  These are an easy weekend project and can be made to your own measurements and only cost $5 for the casters; everything else was leftovers form other projects!

  • 3/4″ plywood  cut 23 X 19 or whatever plywood you have extra
  • 4 1 1/2 in. Rubber wheel swivel plate casters (rated for 60 lbs. each) some plates come with screws $5.00
  • 16 3/4″ screws (needed if not included with the plate or too long)
  • drill and drill bit
  • circular saw

You can make the dollies any size you wish I just happen to have 3 extra pieces (23 X 19) from another project and they  were perfect for my size garden buckets.  I first edged the 4 corners of each plywood with a circular saw, just in case I ever would run into the edge which would be very likely.

Next I placed the casters near the edge of each corner about 1 inch from each side and used a sharpe to mark the holes.  I predrilled holes with 3/16 drill bit which was the size I needed for the screws.  Screw in the 4 screws for each caster and you can paint if wanted I just left mine natural.

These are a great back savers for me and a great easy way to move heavy gardening supplies around!  I already have 3 and would love more, let me know your thoughts and any tips you have!

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