Hello, my name is Ashley and in this Instructable I'm sharing build details on my latest shop project: a homemade systainer cart. This was a really easy build that combined two of my favorite hobbies: woodworking and 3D printing.
Buying the official Festool systainer cart will cost you about $100. I was able to build mine for just the cost of the caster wheels. (I bought these 2″ ones on Amazon!) The rest of the supplies I already had on hand.
Most of the work for the systainer cart was cut out for me because the model for the 3D printed cleats is available on Thingiverse.
Here are some of the tools and supplies I gathered to build the homemade systainer cart (affiliate links):
- a 3D printer
- Atomic Filament Black PLA
- Table saw
- Hand saw and saw guide
- Scrap 2x4
- 2" caster wheels (4)
- Screws and washers (4 per caster)
- Wood Glue
- Double sided tape
I used this project as an opportunity to practice creating half lap joints. The only other time I’ve made half lap joints was for when I built my mobile base for the Ridgid Jointer. You could keep it really simple with pocket hole joints.
Let’s get started with the build!
Step 1: 3D Print the Cleats
Step 2: Mill the 2x4
I used some 2×4 scraps to construct the base. Because I decided to use half laps for my joinery, I felt that it was worth it to go the extra mile and square the boards.
Step 3: Cut the 2x4 to Size
To measure the size of the 2×4, I dry fitted the cleats on the base of one of my systainers and measured the distance between the parts.
I took that measurement and added 1/8″ to the lengths.
My cut list is:
- 10 3/4″ (2)
- 15 3/8″ (2)
These measurements will vary if you opt to use pocket hole joinery to build the base.
Step 4: Cut the Half Laps
Step 5: Assemble the Base
I assembled the base with wood glue and clamps.
Step 6: Install the 3D Printed Cleats
Step 7: Install the Caster Wheels
Finally, install the 2″ caster wheels.
Step 8: Enjoy!
It's so nice having these containers on a set a wheels now.
Thanks for checking out my project!
Watch the build video below: