Make Your Own Portable Tool Storage / Organization Caddy

Hey there! I’m sharing an old post with you because there are so many new readers! This is one of my favorite projects ever. It was the first thing I ever built and has made keeping all of my tools and painting supplies so easy!  Happy building!

Build a Portable Tool Caddy

Oh my goodness…I am soooo excited!  I built something!  Yep, built it all by myself from scratch!  My awesome Ryobi Tools got here last week, and although I was a little intimidated about using them for the first time without help, I did it, and you know what?  It was awesome!!!  Before I get started with my Let’s Build It series, I knew I needed to get organized.  I cannot function with a mess, and when you are building, a mess can happen quickly.  So, my first Let’s Build It project is this awesome portable tool storage caddy!  Let me show you how I made it…

Portable Garage Storage Supplies

I started with one large piece of pegboard which was 96″ X 48″.  I had my peg board cut it in half for me so I could fit it in the back of my truck, then cut each piece in half with my super awesome new Ryobi circular saw myself when I got home.

How to build a rolling storage center

So I now had 4 pieces of pegboard…each 24 inches wide and 48 inches tall.

Tool Storage Center

 I bought two pieces of 2X2 and cut them in half so I had four pieces that were 48 inches tall, using my Ryobi Miter Saw!

Build Portable Garage Storage

I then placed a long bead of wood glue from top to bottom on two of the 2X2 boards and placed one of the pieces of pegboard on top to make a wall panel.  You don’t necessarily need the wood glue, but I want mine to be really strong.

Build a portable garage storage system

Next, I secured them with four screws…one at the top, one at the bottom, and two spaced evenly between those.  I repeated this process until I had all of the walls screwed together.

How to make portable garage organization

They make a nice cube like structure.

Rolling Pegboard Storage Center

To finish it off, I turned it upside down and added some casters that I already had to each corner.

Portable Pegboard Tool Storage

I added hooks and pegboard containers to each panel and hung all of my tools and accessories.

Portable Tool Storage System

This caddy allowed me to keep all of my supplies in one spot.  I even have an entire side where I can keep all of my painting supplies!

Tool Storage

I love being able to grab my safety glasses and whichever tool I need without making a mess, and I can just pull them with me.  If I am working outside, I just roll this baby out with me.  If I’m painting on the other side of the garage, I can just take it over there!  Now I am ready to get started, and can’t wait to learn to use all of these fabulous Ryobi tools together!!!

Are you going to build with me???

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  1. says

    What a great idea! You are smart to put casters on the bottom, I have a wonderful workshop, but no tools. I am saving for them. And a real camera. Who needs to eat?

  2. says

    So great!!! I would love to have this as I am always traipsing all over my garage to get what I need. Such a great idea!

  3. says

    Ahhh!!! That is so cool. I love it girl. A place for everything. Makes it sooo much nicer to work when you know where everything is. Cleaning up is easier too. It’s awesome Jessica! Can’t wait to see what you make next. #toolpower :) WHOO!

  4. says

    You are a total genius! I can’t find any of our tools half the time! This set up makes total sense! I’m so impressed! Love, love , love it!!!!!!

  5. Donna G says

    I love this idea! So compact and versatile. I had an idea; what about adding a power strip to the bottom to attach to an extension cord wherever one works?

  6. says

    Holy crap this is BRILLIANT!!! We totally need to do this for our spare room. You may have just solved one of the biggest storage issues in our home! I have been trying to figure out a good solution forever — thank you!!

  7. says

    Great project Jessica. Great Story … Necessity is the … Mom of Invention. (Props to Donna G already adding an upgrade. ha!) … well done. ~jb

  8. says

    Jessica this is a great storage solution!! We just had a 12 x 20 building built on our property to use as a workshop and this rolling storage would be the perfect solution for our tools and supplies. It would keep us from having to walk back and forth to get tools. Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Warren Jones says

    I have spent hours looking for the movable pegboard tool storage rack that I once downloaded from the Internet (It looks like a pole tent when completed). The problem is, it requires welding for a metal frame, and I only downloaded the picture, not the instructions. Anyway, while looking for this item, I have downloaded three or four sets of instructions for making pegboard racks that do not require any welding, but this one may be the l one I use; it’s certainly the easiest to build, whether I chose the tent pole design or yours. Sure, it’s design is obvious, but if it’s so obvious, why have I wasted al of this time looking for a that elusive design that I first saw? No, I give you full credit for this. I might have done exactly the same thing, BUT I DIDN’T.

  10. says

    Jessica, this is such an awesome idea!! We just got the keys to our very own paint studio and I’m so going to make one of these!! Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Lindsay says

    Great idea! I will definitely do this for my garage! The only thing that I would change is to make use of all of that inside space. I would leave one side off (you could still add cross-bars for support. Then I would add tracks so I could slide bins into the middle. Thanks for the great ideas!

  12. Victoria says

    I came across your idea on Pinterest. I got all the supplies and my four kids, ages 10 – 15, made it by themselves! It was a Christmas gift for their Dad. He LOVED it and was dually impressed! I used the “hobby boards” already cut at 2′ x 4′. The only difference we made was that I had a piece of plywood cut (again, a 2’x4′ “hobby board”) into two pieces. We used one piece for the base so that the wheels would be really sturdy. We marked the other piece with the outline of the bottom of a 5 gallon paint bucket and cut out the whole and nailed it to the top. Now, our 5 gallon bucket sits down in the hole up to the rim and holds extension cords. Thank you so much for being so clever – and for sharing with the rest of us!

    • says

      Oh my goodness! Are you serious? You made my day! I would love to see a photo! xoxo Jessica

  13. says

    I love this project, how clever! I’m getting ready to clean out my tool shed and I may need to make something similar! Thanks for the inspiration!


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