Since I’m already talking about Ikea today, it seems like a good time to bring up their Raskog kitchen cart for discussion.
I’ve got 2 of these in use, 1 more in the box from last week’s trip to the Swedish furniture super store.
These are meant as kitchen carts, but plenty of people use them to holds tools, crafts, and pretty much anything.
The Raskog almost mirrors the functionality of the Hazet Assistant tool box, but is smaller, not very adjustable, and its casters look like they’ll fall apart if you look at them the wrong way.
But hey, they work great for $25. The price recently dropped down from $30, and according to a comment in my Hazet Assistant tool box post, they used to be $50. A quick Google search confirmed the same.
The color options aren’t as good as what I can see via a Google image search – the Raskog is only currently available in black, beige, and orange. You buy something like this for functionality, not looks, but I’d still love to see this in bright blue or cherry red.
The construction is straightforward. You have 3 baskets, a tubular frame, and 4 casters.
The baskets have a mesh bottom.
I would more describe this as a project cart, rather than a tool cart, but I think one would have to load it with an impractical number of tools before it bogged down or broke.
This is not a heavy duty tool storage solution. But for $25, it’s pretty darned useful.
In the cart right next to, I’ve got plywood cut-offs, a camera, a box of wire nuts, a box of new safety goggles, a bag full of Sortimo plastic bins that I’ve got to rinse out because they came with a thick coating of road-like dirt, a few boxes of light switches and outlets, some cover plates, a battery charger, Dewalt Impact-Ready hole saws, a desktop-style electronics enclosure box, a new Amprobe outlet tester, a Craftsman AC line splitter, some USB cables, a wrench roll, a pneumatic 4-way rotary switch, Veritas mortise chisel sharpening jig adapter, an electronics keypad switch I ordered to play around with just because it was on clearance, and a rolled-up magazine.
There might be one or two other things I can’t see from where I’m sitting.
Hmm. That’s a lot of random stuff.
I guess these things also make good “I’ve got too much stuff on my bench, let me clean it all off in one swoop” catch-alls.
- 13-3/4″ wide
- 17-3/4″ long
- 30-3/4″ tall
The middle shelf can be adjusted up or down. I keep mine close to dead-center.
Buy Now(via Ikea)
You can pick it up at your local Ikea store for $25 plus whatever else you end up spending during your 4-hour visit, or $25 + $10 shipping if you order online.
It’s a $25 kitchen utility cart from Ikea. Expect very little from it, and it’ll exceed your expectations by a lot.
I’d buy this again in a heartbeat.
What would you use one for?