Tool Cart

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Project by Les Casteel posted 03-16-2010 02:35 PM 5500 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have nice shade in front of my shop so I often like to work on my rockers outside when its warm, on my secondary workbench out in the open. I was constantly carrying tools back and forth so I came up with this little tool cart to contain needed tools. I began by going to Sam’s Club and buying a steel cart with castors. It is very heavy duty and cost $50. I removed the middle shelf and added a case in the opening. I made three oversized drawers that slide both directions for easy access to the tools inside. I used aruaco 3/4” plywood and they’re simple just glued and screwed. They’re tight enough to keep out the dust and chips but slide very well. They have 1/2” plywood bottoms. On the ends I added 4” PVC pipe to hold long-handled power tools such a my Milwaukee grinders and my Porter-Cable sanders. The drawers easily hold my air & electric sanders. The shelves are open and let any dust or chips fall right thru. Up on top I built a little oak box to hold smaller tools, wedges, files, spokeshave etc. Then finally, I went to Wal-Mart and bought some of the new type of Rubbermaid storage bins to hold my 5” sanding pads. They stay secure and clean inside. finally I built a little rack to hold a few Bessey clamps.

Its easy to move around the shop and very easy to find the stuff in side and even easier to clean up with a little blast of air.

-- Les, Missouri,

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 03:18 PM


Excellent job!

I like using every available square inch on a cart like this, which seems you did. I love it.

The all-purpose, rolling cart is one of the most underrated, helpful tools in any shop.

Thanks for posting.


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#2 posted 03-16-2010 08:05 PM

Nice tool cart.

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#3 posted 03-16-2010 08:44 PM

Very nice cart ..No wasted real estate there : )

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#4 posted 03-17-2010 02:30 AM

Cool cart.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 03-17-2010 04:53 AM

Greetings Les: Stellar job on the roll-around cart. It should serve you well for many years in your rocker making endevors. You can never have enough “helpers” in a shop. If you ever get down my way here in Lakeview, give me a hollor. Might have a cup of coffee or come by the shop to talk “shop”... lol.

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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#6 posted 03-17-2010 04:55 AM

Good Idea well done

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#7 posted 03-21-2010 09:05 PM

cool tool cart
very funktionel


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