Workbench tool cart

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Project by oldguy2 posted 11-03-2017 10:32 AM 2011 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Necessity just hit home with this project. Add a nice wood top to your metal tool cart and what a great simple workbench. Look at the pluses. already on castors, tool drawers, typically a good height. move to anywhere in the shop or along the garage wall. or put two together and make a larger bench from two. You might have two to do this. I had the maple boards to do this and put them on top of a 3/4 piece of laminate sheet 27 by 36. my cart top was 20 by 30 with a 3/4 lip. you can see the two spacer boards I took the time to trace the outline on the laminate then screwed the spacer boards to the laminate. I may later tap holes and screw attach through the lip of the cart. I allowed a 3 inch overhang on my top on each end and on the front. A 2 by 4 to beef up for the vise. that’s a Pony brand vise for $15 from an Ollies store. Then I made the top from 12 strips of Maple that I had but I may do my other cart in 2x for rough use. I also have a clamp on vise and a metal vise to use with my workmate at the end. I am planning to have to move mine a lot but other variations came to mind in the planning stage without the move idea. a larger top 4 ft by 4 ft and support leg and store my shop vac under. When I sold my larger bench I had a guy who called that was starting in woodworking and wanted bench ideas, this would have helped me years ago.

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#1 posted 11-03-2017 10:57 AM

I had the maple to do this and ripped the edges to get straight enough for the glue up in 3 parts. then planed them and then glued to the 27 inch width. All this extra scrap buy has taught me alot about glue ups. Larger workbenches sound good but just don’t fit so many workshops. Most of mine have been around that 2 ft by 4 ft size and if along the wall turned into catch and stack for junk piles ( accidental learning). I even tried to build the Norm Abrams workbench from the first years…yeah everyone’s fantasy, looked good but not so big for too many projects. Harbor Freight bench isn’t worth the $130 its not full thickness and not wide enough…go learn and build your own. Biggest mistake ever…making it kitchen counter height 36 inches…unless you are over 5 ft 10 in it is so high all the body mechanics for woodworking and reaching are wrong. Stand next to your dining table and then refigure what is your better workbench height for you. don’t turn down the free kitchen cabinet for your shop, just learn how you can use them for your shop, it might not be the workbench.

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#2 posted 11-04-2017 03:35 AM

Nice work, been using this method a long time. I still have pieces of a old service desk from Pepboys that I got back in 1994. LOL

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