Rolling Work Cart

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Project by treeman posted 12-16-2008 12:24 AM 16659 views 21 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am in the process of updating my basement shop and thought I would post a picture of the first piece of my project. This is a rolling work cart with a sturdy top and shallow shelves on the sides to hold small items. It has locking swivel casters to provide a stable work platform yet be able to roll from station to station in my shop with the workpieces in progress. The top overhangs the ends and sides enough to allow the top to be a clamping surface to hold workpieces for hand operations or sanding.

I don’t know why I didn’t do this a LONG time ago.

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#1 posted 12-16-2008 12:38 AM

Nice combination of form and function. Well done!

-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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#2 posted 12-16-2008 01:13 AM

looks like it works well

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-16-2008 01:24 AM

Nice work. It’s amazing how long we’ll go before we give in and actually build something that we NEED for our shops.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#4 posted 12-16-2008 02:12 AM

Great multi-purpose shop aid with sturdy construction. Should come in very handy.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#5 posted 12-16-2008 02:17 AM

That will make a nice addition to the shop. Like the idea of the overhang to clamp to.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 12-16-2008 02:28 AM

Great idea.

-- T. Nelson

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#7 posted 12-16-2008 02:31 AM

That is exactly what i need for building smaller birdhouses on . Lots of room for the tools too . Nice work !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#8 posted 12-16-2008 03:52 AM

Thanks for all of the kind comments. I am close to finishing the second piece of my project which is a storage tower for my Shopsmith special purpose tools. I’ll post and comment when it’s complete.

Great to be here!!

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#9 posted 12-16-2008 01:46 PM

This looks like the rolling cart from Shop Notes is that where you got the design?

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#10 posted 12-16-2008 02:00 PM

It is that very one :)

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#11 posted 12-16-2008 09:33 PM

I saw the shopnotes plans for this series and fell in love with them… I plan on doing the same ones for my shop. Yours looks really nice Treeman. What materials did you use for it? I look forward to seeing your other pieces…


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#12 posted 12-16-2008 10:23 PM

I used what the materials list called for. Mainly construction lumber 2×4, 2×6, 1×6, 1/2” plywood and 3/4 MDF. The top is 2 thicknesses of 3/4 MDF laminated together for 1 1/2” thickness. I shopped for the hardware online and did better than the suggested sources from the plans.

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#13 posted 12-17-2008 08:13 AM

Nice cart.

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#14 posted 02-25-2009 06:54 PM

Are the plans available to download anywhere ? I could really use this unit .Thanks for posting it !

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#15 posted 02-25-2009 08:37 PM

The plans are available at Plans Now . They were originally available in issue 97 or Shopnotes. It is part of a shop storage and work system.

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