Shop Cart for Small Bandsaw

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Project by drewpy posted 12-13-2015 04:12 PM 2598 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a cart for my benchtop band saw and this is what I came up with. I was wanting just one drawer and a taller bottom area to stores spare blades and what not.

Construction – Mortise and tenon construction with a groove for the panels. Hard maple for the drawer runners. The drawer back is set in a dado and the front used a locking rabbet joint (I think that’s what it is called).

Material – The legs are 1.75×1.75 poplar, remaining base and door and drawer fronts ¾ poplar, ¼ sande ply (from big box store) for the panels, ½ ply for the drawer, and ¾ ply for the top. About 50% of the material I had sitting around.

Finish – I added to little color to the panels and top then 2 coats of shellac were applied and I called it a day.

Three tenons ended up loose so I added shims/thin stock to them to make a tight fit. Pictures 3 and 4 show my simple process of cutting off the cheeks and the added shims. Casters were hidden underneath and I added a bevel to the back top part of the drawer to give your fingers something to grab (pic 5). The door hinges are self-closing because they were only $2 more.

I did a few very simple 2D SketchUp models for dimensions. I found it handy to have them printed out for reference and I am trying to become more familiar with SketchUp.

Door Front –

Drawer Front –

Drawer –

Thanks for taking a look.


-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 12-13-2015 04:48 PM

It’s nice looking and very practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 12-13-2015 04:59 PM

Very Nice. I’m hoping to do similar to a 14” band saw I just purchased with results as nice as yours

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#3 posted 12-13-2015 11:16 PM

Looks good and like it will fit your needs. Glad you are figuring SketchUp out. It comes in handy.

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#4 posted 12-14-2015 12:44 AM

Beautiful Drew! I noticed you have my band saw, but yours is clean…

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 12-14-2015 12:55 AM

Looks great. I’ve gotta ask how you like the band saw. I’ve been thinking of buying that model.

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#6 posted 12-14-2015 01:13 AM

Thanks everyone.

Jerry – It’s only clean because I put it away for the winter.

Thom – I usually only use it for really small stuff, cutting splines and such but I did use it to cut the diamond shape on the clock I posted. It was 1 1/2 thick sapele and worked fine. When I bought it I could only find the less than desirable Skil bandsaw blades but I noticed the other day while roaming Lowes that they now carry Bosch in the correct size. I haven’t tried them yet but am hopeful.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#7 posted 12-14-2015 04:23 AM

Pretty big for small bandsaw but excellent performance. Now it will be ’’on hand’’ everywhere needed.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 12-14-2015 03:13 PM

Nice looking cart and great execution.

-- “Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” ― George Burns

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