How to Build a DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard

DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard

Usually, when the weather is nice, I like to work outside in my backyard on different wood projects. But once I’m done for the day, it takes a lot of time to get all the tools back into the garage. To solve this problem, I’ve built a DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard so that I could easily move my tools around to my work area.

Now I have all of my tools on wheels and I could work in the garage when it’s raining, then work outside during the summer.  I like the pegboard on the sides of the cart because the tools are visually arranged for easy access. This makes the working process smoother, knowing exactly where the tools are.

You also might be interested in a DIY garage pegboard wall that I’ve built earlier. This pegboard page shows different types of hooks you could use on the pegboard. Also, I’ve built and DIY garage cabinets if you’re interested in organizing your tools.

What is Pegboard?

Pegboard is a hardboard that is pre-drilled with evenly spaced holes. Typically the holes are 1/4″ in diameter and spaced out 1″ on center. Standard perforated hardboard is made of wood fibers and coated with a thin layer of linseed oil. But some pegboards are made from different types of material such as Masonite, metal and plastic/acrylic.

DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard

Time to Complete

6 hours

Total Cost


Skill Level


Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard PDF


This PDF download includes Cut Diagrams, a List of Supplies, and 3D illustrations with detailed steps to build the project. Measurements are in imperial and not metric. Does NOT include SketchUp/CAD files.

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Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard

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Material List

Note: Lumber dimensions are listed as nominal size.  See lumber sizes for actual dimensions vs nominal.

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DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard dimensions

Step 1 – Cut Bottom and Side Pieces of the Cart

Take 3/4″ cabinet grade plywood and cut two pieces to 24″ x 36″, two pieces to 18″ x 24″ and two pieces to 16 1/2″ x 6″. Then drill pocket holes as shown in the picture. The bottom two pieces do not need any pocket holes.

plywood pieces for tDIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard
cutting plywood with table saw

Step 2 – Attach Sides and Bottom Pieces Together

Now, take both of the 18″x24″ bottom pieces and attach them together with wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails using a nail gun. Having the double bottom boards allows us to use longer screws for the wheels. Then attach the 24″x36″ side pieces and 16 1/2″ x 6″ to the bottom board using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue for all of the joints.

installing side and front piece for the DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard
gluing two plywood pieces together
using nail gun on the plywood
drilling pocket holes in plywood
attaching front and back piece for mobile cart
attaching side pieces for the DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard

Step 3 – Install Drawer Slides

Next, cut one piece to 16 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. Drill pocket holes and install the board on the top back of the cart. Then install the drawer slides 4” from the top of the cart. I used Kreg drawer slide jig to help with the installation of the slides. The drawer slides need to be set back ¾” from the front of the cart. This ¾” space will be used for the front board of the drawer. Then, cut one piece to 16 ½” x 23 ¼” and install in 6 ½” from the top. The pocket holes on this piece could either be on top or the bottom of the board.

attaching plywood under drawer box
attaching back piece of the DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard
attaching drawer slides with kreg jig
using pocket hole screws in plywood

Step 4 – Attach the Top Piece of the Cart

The top piece will be 1” wider on the left and the right side of the cart to be flush with the pegboard. So cut 20” x 24” piece and attach it on the top of the cart with wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

installing top piece of the DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard
applying wood glue on plywood
attaching the top board for DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard

Step 5 – Mount the Hand Rail

Take two 3×8 Simpson Straps and on the upper backside attach on each side of the cart. The straps need to be at least 1” below the top board. The 1” space will be used for a board that holds the pegboard. Then cut a 1 ¼” wooden dowel rod and insert it between the metal straps. Pre-drill a hole in the center of the dowel rod to prevent from splitting and then screw in a 2 ½” pocket hole screws.

installing a hand rail for DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard
attaching simpson strap
attaching hand rail for mobile tool cart

Step 6 – Attach Pegboard to Both Sides of Cart

Both sides of the cart will have a pegboard from top to bottom. The pegboard needs to have ¾” space behind it for the hooks to be inserted. Using a table saw cut 1” wide board that will go around the perimeters of the left and right sides. Also, add 1” board in the middle of the pegboard area to keep the pegboard sturdy. Attached these boards with brad nails and wood glue. Then cut two pegboard sheets to 24”x37 1/2″ and attach them over the 1” wide boards on both sides using 1 ½” wood screws.

installing back board for pegboard
attaching 1" wood strips for pegboard
screwing-in pegboards for the mobile cart

Step 7 – Build the Drawer

To build a drawer box, take ½” plywood and cut a bottom piece to 21” x 14 1/2”, back piece to 14 1/2” x 6” and two side pieces to 21 1/2″ x 6”. For the front piece, use ¾” plywood and cut it to 16” x 7”. Drill pocket holes in the bottom piece and both sides pieces using Kreg Jig that is set up to ½” wood thickness. The drawer box needs to be assembled together with wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails but the front piece needs to be attached with 1” pocket holes screws. Once the drawer is assembled, attach it to the drawer slides. The box will have ¼” space around all sides. Next, take a drawer handle and place it against the drawer front board and mark where to drill the holes. After drilling the holes attach the drawer handle.

building a drawer box
drawer box plywood pieces
building a drawer box
building a drawer box
Installing drawer in the mobile cart

Step 8 – Build a Rack for Storing Drills

Under the drawer, build a rack for storing cordless drills/nail gun. First, cut three 3”x11” divider pieces using ¾” plywood and then drill two pocket holes on one side of that board (see picture). Install the 3” divider pieces under the drawer about 3” apart. These could be adjusted to fit your drills. Then cut 2 ¾” x11” pieces and attach them from the bottom to the dividers, using a 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

DIY Mobile Tool Cart
installing power tool rack in the mobile tool cart
installing rack for power tools

Step 9 – Install the Wheels

Flip the cart upside down and install two swivel wheels in the front and two fixed wheels on the back using 1 ½” wood screws. You’re done with a DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard!

attaching wheels on DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard
installing wheels on the DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard
DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard

15 thoughts on “How to Build a DIY Mobile Tool Cart with Pegboard”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing all your projects!! I look forward to your email to see what awsome idea you came up with. This cart is unique and will fit the tools I use often perfect! Again, thank you.

  2. I think the two 3/4” plywood bases are overkill. A small block of 3/4 plywood could simply be added to the base above each castor to accommodate longer screws.
    In addition, I’m using 1/2” plywood for the sides, and a slight modification to the dimensions. Mine will be about 24” wide and 21” deep. Same height. I’m short 3/4” plywood, so I will substitute a 1×8 piece of clear pine for the drawer front. And I’ll use 1×3 pieces in the back to mount the 1 1/4” dowel, after drilling 1.25” holes 1/4” deep.

  3. I’m still working on this project. It was exactly what I was looking. As previously mentioned, I’m using 1/2” ply for the sides vs. 3/4”. This cart will support a tool chest, not a functional tool.
    Some of my screws for the drawer glides penetrated the 1/2” ply, but it will be covered with pegboard.
    I was wondering why the rendition of the 16.5” x 6.5” upper back piece didn’t call for pocket screws to fasten to the top. But the picture of that piece in the next caption showed them. So probably just an oversight.
    Thanks again for sharing this design!

    • Barney, Yes that was my mistake, the upper back piece should have pocket holes to fasten the top as the photo shows. I would need to update the 3D illustration. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Viktor, when I’m done I’d like to send you pics of my completed project. Can you please send me your email address? My cart is more “landscape” than portrait. I’m using one 3/4” thick plywood for the base, plus 4 extra 3/4” wood pieces with the castors. And I added a removable shelf under the tool caddy. I ran out of 3/4” plywood so used pine for the drawer front with oak trim.


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