How to make a Moving Playing Card Holder

DIY moving playing card holder to move playing cards across a table.

DIY Moving Playing Card Holder. Learn how to make a moving playing card caddy that moves a deck of cards across a table.

Playing cards on a large table with many people can make reaching for cards in the center of the table a difficult. Even more difficult when you are getting older and reaching across the table is uncomfortable.

We love playing cards as a family. We find ourselves playing cards very often with my parents and even with my grandfather.

Our favorite game to play is UNO. We actually own various versions of the game. Our favorite version is UNO with the customizable cards.

When we are only four playing it’s easy to reach for the deck of cards because we are all sitting close to each other.

However when we are a bunch of players and we have people all around the table (the table often has the extension too making the table even longer) it’s hard to reach for the cards.

How to move playing cards across a table

One day we were playing cards at my grandfather’s house and we could see how it’s getting difficult for him to reach for the cards when they are too far away from him.

We started discussing how it would be fun to have a playing card caddy that we could slide from one end of the table to the other.

Our discussion became more and more interesting and we were all quite excited about it.

My Dad and I started working on our card cart prototype almost immediately.

We had so much fun playing around with the concept and how it would make playing cards easier.

Ready to see how we made it?

P.S. We built it back in January 2018. I know.. 2 years ago. I had not shared it right away because since it was such a great idea, I wasn’t quite sure if I should do a tutorial demonstrating how to do it. However, waiting 2 years to share it gave us plenty of time to test it out and it works great!

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How to make a Moving Playing Card Holder

Supplies:

  • Wood board 5.25” x 7.5”
  • Quarter Round – 7/16” x 11/16” – 8 pieces of 1.5 long”
  • Small wood piece 5.25” x 3/4”
  • 2x 7.5” x 3/4” 
  • 2x 5.25” x 3/4”  
  • Dowel ¼ – 2 pieces 6.5” long
  • Wood board to make 4 round wood pieces 1.25” in diameter
  • Glue
  • Sand paper
  • Paint brush
  • Painter’s pyramid
  • Stain
  • Varnish
  • Hammer
  • Screw eye hooks 3/8” in diameter 2x
  • Leather cord
  • Leather tassels 2x
  • Decorative rings 2x

Tools:

Instructions:

Step 1: Using a table saw, we cut a wood board 5.25” x 7.5”.

Main piece for the cart

Step 2: We cut 8 pieces of 7/16” x 11/16” quarter round at 1.5 long” with a miter box.

These pieces are to make the four corners. In order for them to make corners, we paired them in two and used the miter box to cut one end of each piece 45 degrees so that they would make a nice corner.

Quarter round to make corners.
Cut angles with miter box.
Corners for the cart.

Step 3: To make this moving playing card holder, we need to make wood wheels.

To make the wood wheels, we placed the wheel and circle cutter onto the drill press and set it to 1.25”. Placing the extra wood board on the drill press, we made 4 wood wheels measuring 1.25” in diameter.

Wheel and circle cutter bit for drill press.
Using a wheel and circle cutter on a drill press to cut wood wheels.
How to make wheels with a drill press.
Cutting circles with drill press.
How to make wood wheels.
Wood wheels

Step 4: To make the bottom frame of the card cart, we cut 4 small pieces of wood with the table saw. 2x 7.5” x 3/4” and 2x 5.25” x 3/4”  

Using the same method as the top corners, we used the miter saw to cut angles on the pieces in order for them to fit together to make nice corners.

Wood piece to make bottom frame
Cut wood to make base
Base frame

Step 5: We used the miter saw to cut the dowel into 2 pieces of 6.5” long.

Cut wood dowels to attach the wood wheels.

Step 6: We took a small wood piece 5.25” x 3/4” and sanded the top edges to round them. This piece is the center piece that divides the deck of cards.

Wood piece used to make divider for the cart.
Sand edges of piece with belt sander.
Card deck divider

Here’s a photo of all the wood pieces needed to make the card cart:

All the wood pieces used to make moving playing card holder.

Step 7: We glued together the 4 small corners.

Add glue to angle ends.
Glue corners together
Wood corners
Wood pieces to make moving playing card holder.

Step 8: We used glue and a nail gun to fasten the bottom frame onto the bottom of the 5.25” x 7.5” wood board.

Glue sides of the bottom frame.
Place the piece with glue onto the bottom of the wood piece.
Use nail gun to fasten
Use nail gun to fasten
Glue all the sides to make the bottom frame.
Place pieces into place.
Fasten the bottom frame with a nail gun.

Step 9: With the help of a combination square, we marked where we wanted to drill holes on the bottom frame to insert the dowels. (In the middle of the long sides of bottom frame 1.25” from the side.)

Marking where to drill holes
Marking to drill holes
Marking where to drill holes

Step 10: We used the drill press to drill ¼” holes into the 4 markings we put on the bottom frame.

Try inserting the dowels inside the holes. If they are too tight make the holes a little bigger. It’s important that the dowel can move otherwise the wheels won’t turn.

Drill holes for dowels
Drill holes with drill press
Holes in bottom frame to insert dowels

Step 11: Using my staining technique, we stained all the wood pieces.

Wood pieces before staining.

I forgot to take photos of the staining and painting. OUPS! Hehe 

We stained the base and the wheels. We painted the corners, dowels, and the middle dividing piece. (To paint we just didn’t wipe away the paint.) Of course we could have stained everything, but we liked the idea of giving the card cart two tones. 

Step 12: We used glue and the nail gun to fasten the small middle wood piece in the middle of the board.

Card deck divider
Glue card deck divider into place

Step 13: Fasten the 4 corners into place with glue and nail gun.

Glue corners into place
Place corners
Nail corners into place
Top of card cart without wheels

Step 14: Time to assemble the wheels. Put glue on one end of the dowel and insert one wheel.

A hammer can be used to help insert the wheel. Repeat the same step with the other dowel. (You will have 2 wheels not attached.)

Wood wheels and dowels
Put glue on one end of the dowel
Insert dowel into wheel
Wheel inside dowel
Hammer dowel into wheel
Side view of dowel inside wheel

Step 15: We placed the card cart on painter’s pyramids and varnished it along with the wheels and dowels.

Varnish card cart
Varnished playing card caddy

Step 16: Once the stain was dry, we inserted the dowels into the holes on the card cart frame.

We put glue on the end of the dowels and inserted the remaining wheels.

We used a paper towel and hammer to insert them tightly. (The paper towel was to protect the wheel from possible scratches from the hammer.)

Insert dowels inside holes of bottom frame
Add glue on the tip of dowels
Insert wood wheels into dowel
Turn cart on its side and hammer the wheels onto the dowels.
Bottom of the card cart with wheels

Step 17: We added screw eye hooks on each end of the card cart.

Add screw eye hooks
Screw eye hooks to attach cord to pull card cart
Under card caddy

Step 18: We attached 55” leather cord on each hook.  We also added a leather tassel and ring on each end.

Add cord to pull card cart
Pull tray for playing cards

DIY Moving Playing Card Holder

How to make a Card Cart on wheels.
Playing card holder on wheels.
Playing card tray on wheels.
Moving playing card tray.
DIY Card Caddy to move deck of cards on a table.
DIY movable playing card holder on wheels.

Doesn’t the moving playing card holder look wonderful?

We had so much fun making it.

I should say we had fun making them, we made 3 of them at once. One for my grandfather, one for my parents, and one for us.

The card caddy works really well on a table and even on a table with a tablecloth on it.

How to make a playing card cart without wheels

The card cart can also be made without wheels.

To do so, skip making the bottom frame with the wheels and just glue felt underneath the main wood piece.

The felt will make the cart slide over a table top easily.

Note that it will not slide over a tablecloth as easily than with wheels.

Playing card caddy

Learn how to move playing cards across a table. DIY movable playing card holder.

Do you like playing cards?

What are your favorite card games?

Would a moving playing card holder be something you could use with your family?

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!

A big thank you to my Dad!

Have a wonderful day!

How to make a Moving Playing Card Holder

Yield: 1 moving playing card holder

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Active Time: 2 hours

Additional Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

Estimated Cost: Less than $20

Learn how to make a moving playing card holder to move playing cards across a table.

Materials

  • Wood board 5.25” x 7.5”
  • Quarter Round – 7/16” x 11/16” – 8 pieces of 1.5 long”
  • Small wood piece 5.25” x 3/4”
  • 2x Small wood pieces 7.5” x 3/4” 
  • 2x Small wood pieces 5.25” x 3/4”  
  • Dowel ¼ – 2 pieces 6.5” long
  • Wood board to make 4 round wood pieces 1.25” in diameter
  • Glue
  • Sand paper
  • Painter’s pyramid
  • Paint brush
  • Stain
  • Varnish
  • Hammer
  • Screw eye hooks 3/8” in diameter 2x
  • Leather cord
  • Leather tassels 2x
  • Decorative rings 2x

Tools

  • Miter box and saw
  • Drill press
  • Wheel and circle cutter bit for drill press
  • Belt sander table
  • Table saw
  • Combination square
  • Paint brush
  • Nail gun

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