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Old 01-30-2006, 12:05 AM
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Making an art caddy

I would like some ideas on how to make an art caddy on wheels similar to the Alvin Art Caddy from

A bookshelf on wheels with rubbermaid bins is about as close as I can get. But it would be nice to have some drop leaf shelves.

The catalog costs start at $200 but I was hoping to keep this closer to $20. I guess I will need to start curb trashing, dumpster diving, and yard saling to find parts...but those are warm weather activities.

Any ideas so I can get this done before winter is over?
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Old 08-21-2006, 06:33 PM
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I thought I'd try to resurrect this thread. Now that dd1 doesn't have room under her bed anymore for all the school stuff and photos from the past 17 years and that she is going to be a graduating senior, it is time to set up a real scrapbooking and drawing center. I have a folding table, a drafting table, and bins of stuff, but what or how to construct an art caddy on wheels that will hold all the supplies?

I see that JoAnn fabrics have some scrapbooking ones, but ideas on a homegrown version?

I don't have the bookcase available anymore and it was too small anyways...
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Old 02-27-2008, 04:04 PM
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Did you find a way to build this?
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Old 02-27-2008, 05:23 PM
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Hi, Don't know how to make a caddy but I have a lot of stuff in baskets hanging from the ceiling in my art studio.the baskets can have a loop and a large bead. Put the loop down through the basket from the inside. the bead will hold it there and you can hang the next basket of papers etc from an s hook on the handle and through the loop of the previous one. don't keep anything too heavy in these as they will fall apart. I keep leather strapping in one feathers in another, paper in one. engraving set in one and so on.I also got a tool caddy from hubby. top has 3 groups of small drawers which do contain scissors in one plyers in one and scrapers in the last one. and 2 long drawers which I have markers in one and upside down perna enamel paint to use. bottom has one big drawer, large enough to put upside bottles of paint in and a big self under all that I keep bottles jars etc. there. large bottles of cleaners etc.
A kitchen caddy with 3 shelves to sit containers on would work fine. I use lidded coffee cans for brushes etc. plastic trays for papers . cd holder usualy has small drawers. Look at the goodwill and keep in mind your final goal. a letter holder conected to the corner will hold envelopes. Good luck.
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Old 02-28-2008, 05:33 PM
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Connie, no I didn't make it.
Candy, thank you so much for the ideas!

So far, my drafting table has slowly been overcome by my dh's projects. And my things haven't been touched but once or twice since my return to work.

I am eager to get back to organizing and doing projects again though.
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:53 AM
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I have a small cart with wheels that I use in my craft room, it was probably made for holding a toaster oven or something similar. Maybe you could find something like that at a thrift store.

You maybe could try to turn a small file cabinet into what you need by adding wheels and removing the drawers, and then replace those drawers with baskets.

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