Workshop Cart

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Project by Gus01 posted 06-04-2016 03:22 PM 2009 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There several posts on this site on workshop carts with some very similar to this one. I found the plans for mine on the Family Handyman website, where very detailed plans including material list and cut plans are available for free download. I posted the link to their site below. I did make a few changes (don’t we all). My need was to not only use the cart for transporting material, but to function as a work cart to hold tools and work in process that I’m using at that time. To do this, I left the top open so instead of a shelf, I have an open top box. Most of my projects are small wooden toys and I’m making 10 or so at a time. The open top allows me to segregate parts as I work on them. I can still lay large pieces across the cart if I need to transport them from my wood rack to wherever their needed. I added the middle shelf specifically for storage of my table saw sled, fence and miter gauge. Depending on which accessory I’m using on the table saw, I store the other two on the middle shelf. The bottom shelf holds printer paper boxes which are filled with completed toys. I also added a pull handle. My only regret was I didn’t make it sooner. The cart really improves my work flow and besides the actual work pieces, it allows me to keep things such as scales, marking pencils or other needed tools right with me as I use my band saw, table saw etc., and I’m not close to my workbench.

-- John 3:16

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#1 posted 06-04-2016 03:46 PM

Great project. I’ve been thinking about making something like this for a while.

-- Currently turning lumber into sawdust at The Foundry,

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#2 posted 06-04-2016 03:49 PM

Looks sturdy and sounds like you have adapted for your purposes. Nice project. Thanks for sharing the link to the original plans

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#3 posted 06-04-2016 04:11 PM

Thanks to both of you. If you decide to build one it will take a afternoon. The hardest part is cutting down the full sheet of plywood. Since I bought it at a local big box store I took the cutting plans and had them cut the plywood into 1/3’ds. That let it fit into our car to bring it home and gave me manageable pieces at the table saw.

-- John 3:16

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#4 posted 06-04-2016 04:33 PM

This is a very handy shop built utility cart. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 06-04-2016 05:38 PM

I have to do the same when it comes to plywood sheets. As long as I allow for the likelihood of their cuts being a bit rough due to the blade/setup, I can trim to the exact demension when I get the smaller pieces home.

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#6 posted 06-04-2016 07:49 PM

That is a Dandy little cart you have there, certianly a job well done, keep up the good work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 06-06-2016 07:17 PM

Simple to build and really helpful in the shop! I know that, because I have similar myself.

-- Excuse my english, I'm german!

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#8 posted 06-06-2016 11:41 PM

Well I have to say your English is much better than my German. Danken.

-- John 3:16

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