Roll-A-Round Shop Cart #1: New Roll-A-Shop Cart

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 01-20-2019 04:14 PM 1291 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been making a new shop cart for my garage woodshop. I took a Woodsmith plan and upsized it. I am going to use it at times as an outfeed table from my Saw Stop Professional Cabinet table saw. I added 3 inches to the height of the original plan and 5 inches in width. With both of these dimensions, I decided to increase the heights of the two drawers in the original plan. Most of the time it will be hosting my horizontal mortiser.

I may write more about this build later, as I get time to do it.

Dry fit…

Cubby storage in the rear with a shelf under the cart’s top…

Followed my Annie’s advice to keep all wood parts with their natural look; no stains or dyes. Added handles today.

Note: In order to get these photos aligned correctly I had to rotate the images in Photoshop and resave the JPEG images.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 01-20-2019 05:04 PM

looking good

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#2 posted 01-20-2019 05:51 PM

Very handy, I have something like this too. And those large wheels will roll nice especially when you need to roll them over wood chips and such.

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#3 posted 01-20-2019 06:45 PM

Looks good; should be a very usable addition to your shop.

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#4 posted 01-20-2019 09:14 PM

I will figure out how to get these new photos aligned correctly after work today. I wonder if they are displayed like this because of my Annie’s cell phone settings. Her phone will not rotate images that were taken in landscape mode.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#5 posted 01-21-2019 04:00 PM

To build this cart I used surplus lumber in my shop. That included the 6/4 poplar and some 6/4 and 4/4 rough sawn hard maple in my lumber storage. The purchases I had to make were the 3/4 inch MDF sheet, the metal drawer slides, and drawer handles plus the 1/2 inch Baltic Birch plywood drawer side lumber I bought at Woodcraft. The Aspen hardwood I used for my false drawer fronts where also surplus lumber I already had in my shop. The 1/4 baltic birch plywood I used for my drawer bottoms were also already in my sheet storage.

This project was the first time I used my Whiteside drawer lock router bit to make and fit my drawers. A Woodsmith demonstration video on how to set up the drawer lock bit the best instruction I had to get my bit settings correct for this 1/2 inch Baltic Birch drawer sides, fronts, and backs. Two settings were important: (1) the drawer lock bit height for my 1/2 inch thick plywood was 5/16 inches tall. (2) For my fronts and back cuts, I set my router fence to the exact thickness of my plywood parts; the cuts were made with the fronts and backs inside laying horizontally on my router tables. When cutting the insides of the side parts I set my router fence so the fence aligned to the bottom outside edge of the drawer lock bit and with the plywood standing up vertically against my router fence. Does that make sense? Hope so…

-- --- Happy Howie

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#6 posted 01-21-2019 05:08 PM

Nice project and must say I love those wheels.
Have got some myself and they really work great!

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