Heavy mobile scroll saw cart

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Project by Nathan H. posted 04-23-2014 01:27 PM 2979 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of months ago i was looking at the mess of my garage shop (you can see some of it in the background) and wondering how i could start to get it more organized. i had the idea that if i had mobile carts with shelves and drawers for some of my smaller bench-top power tools, that would allow me to get hem where they can be used and offer storage specific to them and other more remote areas of the shop. This is the outcome of the first of such carts.

I chose the scroll saw first for 3 reasons. First it was the closest to the end of my small tool tool bench, second because of all my small tools it was the hardest to use due to the cramped area, and lastly because of the 3 main tools i had on that bench it was the only one i could not use my shopsmith in place of (yet), the others being a bench top drill press and the other a small belt/disk sander.

The idea started out way simpler than it ended up being, i was just going to build an exposed 2×4 frame with some particle board i had saved from some old cheap wal-mart furniture laminated together for a thick heavy top. This was easy enough and i had that built in about a week. Then i saw this video and that gave me the idea for pencil/pen/scroll saw blade storage drawers. I decided to make them larger than the one in the video so i ordered a 2-3/8” forestner bit and cored out the holes in the upper section. The round drawers are 2” ID PVC pipe epoxied to the Drawer fronts and a wood back wall from pine. Before gluing on the front i cut the tops off with my angle grinder and glued them inside the drawer holes to keep the drawers from turning around and spilling out inside.

I decided i didn’t like the look of the exposed 2×4s for the cart so i went looking for some thin plywood to cover them and found that oak was cheaper than birch so that got me thinking about making this look like a piece of furniture that would actually look good in the house. So i ordered the cheapest lumber i could find and that turned out to be some Butternut. With it i made the drawer fronts, pulls, and outside corner trim.

I used dark walnut stain on the butternut and natural on the oak for contrast. Then i finished it with spray lacquer.

In the smaller drawers i have all of my lathe accessories and the bottom drawer has angled slots cut into the drawer sides for dividers and i keep my table saw blades in there.

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#1 posted 04-23-2014 01:51 PM

That is almost too pretty for a work cabinet! Very well done. When I built the cabinet for my scroll saw (no where near as nice as yours), I slanted the top towards the front to mount the saw on. Now I sit down to scroll and really like the comfort.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Nathan H.

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#2 posted 04-23-2014 02:04 PM

Thanks for the comment Paul. What a great idea! I made this one to stand at though. As I am a tall person I had to make this one rather tall. The scrolling table is at least 4’ high.

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 04-23-2014 03:09 PM

Nice work. I like the round pencil drawer. Really nice to have some nice things for yourself in the shop too

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 04-24-2014 04:45 AM

This is really cool. Love the round drawers. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 04-24-2014 12:36 PM

Really nice work – I like it for it’s funcationalty an use. I built one out of a base cabinet I found and modified it for my use. Several things I was concerned about were 1. width – did not want it to me uncomfortable after long hours of work: 2. I put areas on the sides of mine to put my feet, plus I have a foot switch on one side, seems to work well; 3. I put a shelf on the right side with holes to hold my blades – I have them all arranged to size..

This all seems to work for me.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#6 posted 04-25-2014 03:32 AM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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