Tool Trolley

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Project by robscastle posted 08-01-2015 04:02 AM 2554 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been a bit cold in Brisbane lately, ( down as low as 10 deg C) (due to global warming no doubt) so I have been hibernating most of the time.
So as a result not too much woodworking has been done at The Castle of late.

Now its gotten a little warmer I have started to become a little more productive.

For some time I have been fostering an abandoned shopping trolley in my garage, it was quite useful for moving “stuff” about.
However it also drew some comment about how I came to have it in my possession, the comments began to concern me so I decided to return it to the wild and make my own.

Hence the arrival of the Tool Trolley, now if it resembles a wooden version of a shopping trolley you will know where I got the original design concept from.

Not one for buying pine timber I decided to do a Pallet run and see what was about, Bingo ! first stop I had enough material to be able to set to work.

The Construction Process
Material preparation
1. Dismantle all the material and de-nail it.
The tools I used to do this were a rubber hammer, a pry bar and some wooden wedges and a lump of wood to separate everything. First up I separated the sides with a clout from the piece of wood, this produced two sections so it was then a matter of separating to individual pieces.

2. Once I had that all done the de nailing took place, this step consisted of ensuring the nails were straight and smacking them points down on the concrete a couple of times, this resulted in the heads backing out enough to remove them with the pry bar.

3. Once all the nails were out it was then a matter of examining them all for usefullness, I think there were two sticks with excessive twisting in them that were discarded, I then marked everything up for jointing.
I jointed them all and then “thicknessed them” using my table saw, this action resulting in the bulk of the material now being dressed 70mm x 35mm.
I had a few undersize and resawed them to 70mm x 30mm but did not use them.

Construction process
I made the two trays first, without the bases, and then the frame work. Once I had everything made I then dry fitted them all together to ensure it would all fit and was the correct height. I used a ratchet strap to hold everything together.

With that passing sucessfully I made the bases for the trays and set them aside to dry

The next day I rounded over all the individual parts and made a screw jig to assist in the assembly.

I assembled everything and did some final sanding a finish rounding over touch up fitted castors and gave it a coat of sanding sealer to finish.

The front wheels I staked to prevent them going sideways.

The trolley has since made its way in 2021 to a farm in Dyraaba !

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 08-01-2015 05:17 AM

Can’t leave you alone for a minute and your making some thing else…
Nice one Robert

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#2 posted 08-01-2015 06:14 AM

Useful little caddy and a nice build!
Can you you use it for golf too?

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#3 posted 08-01-2015 08:25 AM

now that is cool and using my kind of wood.

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#4 posted 08-01-2015 10:54 AM

Nicely done and good use of a pallet.

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#5 posted 08-01-2015 11:02 AM

Good idea Robert. Better than leaving all the tools on the bench as I am want to do. A smaller version of this might work well in my shop.

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#6 posted 08-01-2015 11:56 AM

Well, that is really nice.
You need to steal it back.


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#7 posted 08-01-2015 12:49 PM

Nice looking cart !
Several of our local grocery stores offer small shopping carts for use, which resemble what you have made .

But most stores offer these big behemoth carts I guess in hopes that you’ll buy more stuff if your basket still looks empty

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#8 posted 08-01-2015 03:12 PM

That is a great little cart for the home, laundry room, or shop. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 08-01-2015 06:02 PM

Very nice and useful trolley.


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