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Making your own workshop trolley – with profile(s)

Anyone who uses screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers and pliers at work or at home knows how invaluable workshop trolleys can be when it comes to keeping things tidy.

Thanks to mobile trolleys of this kind, tools can be arranged clearly and transported with ease. What’s more, the practical design means the top doubles as a work surface. DIY fan Daniel Kalb is just one of the people to be impressed by these advantages. In his spare time, the freelance construction site manager runs the “Let’s do it” DIY channel on YouTube along with the website of the same name. Although he already had a workshop trolley he had made himself, he needed a new one. In addition to being relatively small, the original trolley only had a wooden frame and the drawers didn’t provide enough space for tool inserts. Following his recent positive experience with an aluminium profile when designing a camera tripod, and given that he was very familiar with item from his time in the industry, it didn’t take Kalb long to decide on the MB Building Kit System for the frame structure of his new workshop trolley.

Individual ideas demand flexible material

“I’d always been a fan of item and I still had a user account, so I could also access all the benefits directly online,” he revealed. The first step was to design the aluminium frame. Kalb started by designing the top and bottom sections, which involved using Angle Fasteners. He opted for Standard Fasteners to connect the top and bottom using vertical struts. By his own admission, Kalb likes to be on the safe side, so he reinforced the connection with an Automatic Fastener. The free internal grooves of the aluminium profiles were to accommodate wooden boards specially cut to size to create the outer walls of the trolley. In the first video in his four-part series about building the workshop trolley, the YouTuber provides full details of the design:

The aluminium frame, which he had already placed on castors, created the basis for the home-made workshop trolley. Despite his previous experience with item profile technology, Kalb was still impressed. “Yes, I’m familiar with item material, but I’d never have thought it could be so incredibly sturdy. It also offers you fantastic flexibility,” he says. Although most of the remaining steps, such as making the drawers, were nothing new for the experienced wood expert, applying the coat of white paint at the end was a different matter. Even so, Kalb was successful at his first attempt.

Lots more potential for the home-made workshop trolley

So what’s next? “The grooves give you amazing flexibility. It goes without saying that I’ve already had a few ideas about how I can extend my home-made workshop trolley. An additional grip would be an interesting option, for example. Yes, there’s a grip you can pull, but a round bar would definitely be worth considering – to hold a roll of paper towel, for instance,” continues Kalb. There’s one thing that would really make his day, though. “Maybe someone will consider building another workshop trolley based on my design. That would be fantastic,” he says. Whether out of sheer curiosity or to gain inspiration for making your own workshop trolley, you can see the finished product in the final video:

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