Ok, so now I had a TON of space in my garage, and I had a TON of crap that needed a place to live, out in the open, safe from the nesting habits of furry woodland creatures. I needed shelves. I also wanted the shelves to be mobile. I'm one of those people who like to rearrange everything, often.
So, my mission was this: build shelves large, sturdy, mobile, open, and CHEAP. Above all, cheap. I'm a girl on a budget. I eat Ramen noodles for dinner. So sad.
This is what I came up with. I call them Thing One and Thing Two. Not very original, I know, but I love all things Seussical. I think they are pretty IKEA looking, and for a whopping $18, I have two very awesome shelves!
Since they did not need to fit any specific location or size restriction, I based the design on two main criteria; they can't be taller than me, and there must be no scraps leftover. None.
Each unit is made up of two 2x4's, a bunch of cheap 1x2's (also known as 'firring strips.' These are about .75 each at Home Depot. I bought 24.) and a few scrap pieces of wood from previous projects.
Cut each 2x4 in half, then cut 4" off each one. These small blocks will support the casters.
Cut the 1x2's in fourths. The easiest and fastest way to do this is to measure and cut just one piece to 23 7/8. This allows for the kerf left by the saw. Use this piece as a template, or if you are lucky like me, set up a jig on your chop and have at it.
Shelf Supports: These will be determined by the width of your shelves. You can use the 1x2 's, or other scraps.