Machinist Toolcart #1: Design

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 06-03-2011 09:12 PM 5040 reads 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Shortly After completing the toolbox that was posted here:
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I realized that I’ll need some setup to hold the larger tool/components/etc as it just won’t fit into the small toolbox. I looked around at kennedy, snap-on, and other similar toolcarts and they are either too big or too $$$ for me, so I figured I might as well build something that would match the toolbox.

After debating several design ideas, I think I’m going to go with the ‘simple’ plywood carcass with a butcher block top. the carcass will be made of mahogany topped plywood, the faceframes made of solid mahogany, drawer faces and butcher block top made of maple, and the pullies probably mahogany as well and should look something like this:

initial cost planning:
roller wheels = $25
16 12” full extension slides = $50
3/4” mahogany (MDF core) plywood = $100

Total cost under $200… still seem a bit high as I’ll need to absorb the cost of lumber mostly but we’ll see how this plan goes. With little to no time lately, and lack of materials it would be interesting to see how long it would take me to put this together…


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 09:35 PM

Looking forward to watching your trip on this one.

-- Less is More.....expensive

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 09:38 PM

Nice to hear from you Sharon. As this venture begins, good luck.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 10:28 PM

Looks like fun. Good luck

-- Dale, Ohio

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Kent Shepherd

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#4 posted 06-03-2011 10:33 PM

I can’t wait to see it done Sharon.

While you’re at it, make two and send one to me.


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#5 posted 06-03-2011 10:46 PM

Glad to see you back in the shop, Sharon!
I guess this is about perfect weather for your shop!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 06-03-2011 10:53 PM


That looks like a great plan. I hope that you get to it before it starts snowing – just kidding!!

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#7 posted 06-03-2011 11:06 PM

I hope you can make some time for this project. I know you would do a fine job and have a great storage space for your hand tools, etc. Good luck Sharon!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#8 posted 06-04-2011 12:53 AM

Looks like a nice project about to begin, but hey did you get the milling machine???

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#9 posted 06-04-2011 05:49 AM

Looks cool and a place to hang your shopvac on the side.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 06-04-2011 03:03 PM

Looking forward to seeing this one come to be…. Very cool….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 06-05-2011 12:38 AM

That looks great, Sharon.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 06-05-2011 01:26 AM

Nice design! I count 9 drawers. Wouldn’t that be 18 slides?

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#13 posted 06-06-2011 02:22 AM

thanks everyone. great weather, but time may be an issue for me.

Gary – nice catch, I actually have 1 set of slides already ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 06-06-2011 06:24 AM

At least you know I was paying attention :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#15 posted 06-07-2011 12:40 AM

Looking good.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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