Tackle Cart

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Project by jcwalleye posted 02-18-2010 06:03 AM 3109 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tackle Cart

I built this tackle cart for a fishing buddy after he complained some about his wife and kid moving his fishing gear around and not putting it where he could find it when he needed it. We talked a little bit about what features to include and then found a plan for a tool chest in ShopNotes that came pretty close.

I am trying to build up some skills and learn from my mistakes of which this project had plenty. The first was the biggest and that was trying to make the cabinet out of cheap plywood from HD. It looked great in the bunk at the store but I should have known better when the banding was cut. After getting home I cut and dadoed the cabinet parts and set them aside for a couple weeks to work on something else. When I got back to it they had curled pretty bad. It took a long time to force it with clamps for a dry fit and I figured I’d never get it glued properly so I screwed it. It’s for the garage anyway.

The poplar drawers turned out pretty good, but the cabinet in the middle was bowed out about 3/16”. I shimmed the drawer slides to make them work properly but couldn’t get consistent gaps on the drawer faces. He won’t mind though and it should do the job fairly well. Two of the drawers have dividers and it was finished with several coats of water based poly. It’s on casters to roll around out of the way.

The rod in the winding rack is one I built to be auctioned off at a fund raiser.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 06:16 AM

Looks great from here and it sure looks like a fun piece to build.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 01:14 PM

Your friend will be thrilled. It looks very good. I have fallen in love with shop projects as of late. So many cool custom builds of carts, cabinets, and tool totes that are better than anything found in the stores at a much more reasonable price. I hear you on the HD lumber. I have become less and less impressed with the price and quality of their plywood. Thank you for sharing your project.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 01:30 PM

Nice cabinet.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#4 posted 02-18-2010 01:55 PM

The project looks great. I have been designing and building furniture for 30 years and I’m still learning. I know this sounds crazy but when it comes to wood you almost always get what you pay for…....

Don’t mind my dry sense of humor….....

I mostly do solid panel design now to try to avoid the problems you encountered but the down side it is a longer, more complicated build. I personally enjoy it that way though.

Keep up the great work and most importantly enjoy

-- Walt, Ohio

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#5 posted 02-18-2010 03:09 PM

Great idea. Now I have the urge to go fishing.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 02-18-2010 03:41 PM

Nice tackle cart.

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#7 posted 02-18-2010 04:16 PM

Nice job on a cool project!

Chinese plywood sucks. Overcoming the problems it causes burns more time (=money) than I can save by using it. And who knows what toxins wind up inside, when they don’t mind putting lead in childrens’ toys. I won’t buy it again.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#8 posted 02-18-2010 05:40 PM

Great project. It’s been a long time since I’ve been fishing. Maybe it’s time to go again.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 02-18-2010 06:55 PM

Now this is what I need !! I have so much fishing gear its not funny But I am going to put it to use here real soon. Thanks for posting

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#10 posted 02-18-2010 07:10 PM

Well done project. How do you find time for fishing AND woodworking?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-18-2010 07:25 PM

Well done. There’s certainly nothing wrong with screws on that type project.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#12 posted 02-19-2010 04:54 AM

Nice tackle cart. Hope your friend appreciates it.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#13 posted 02-19-2010 10:37 PM

Thank you all for the very kind words and encouragement. LJ’s is a great community and workworking asset. You can find the answer to virtually any question you might have. Learning this craft is very enjoyable and you folks are great mentors.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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