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Project by Lee Barker posted 08-19-2010 06:53 PM 13730 views 44 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once upon a time, before a terrible lapse in judgment, I owned a Shopcart which did all these things you read in the title. The need for such a device has returned, and building one seemed the better option over the $1200 to purchase. The one feature the Shopcart has which I did not include was a hydraulic jack for raising the deck a pump at a time to keep it at the tablesaw height. My one improvement was the placement of fixed casters in the center. You can pivot this cart in a circle with one hand, and when you roll it, it tracks. (I opted for two fixed and two swivel casters on my early Shopcart—far better than four swivels.)

specs

Tread: 24.5
Wheelbase: 63
Height to top of deck: 34.5

Deck: 46×71; 2.75 thick
Deck lip: 5.5 high

Hardware: 2 floor locks (Grainger); 6 casters (2 fixed; 4 swivel) (Grainger); 3 HD door butt hinges (exterior door) (Habitat ReStore); 48” piano hinge (Hardware Supplier).

Notes: Deck is a torsion box with 11/16 webbing, pine and cedar (for lightness). Skin is 1/8 ply. 6 each 3/8” teenuts to receive lip bolts, installed during construction. Interior reinforcement for attachment of hinge board likewise.

Deck locking structure is 2.5” maple, pocket screwed. Pieces are identical for simplicity. I am indebted to J D Grinnell for the design of the locking device. It is simple, elegant, and secure.

Things I’d do differently: I bought cheap floor locks and they’re an annoyance to operate. They are important to the function and safety of the cart, so they’ll likely get changed out.

Silliness: When I saw the torsion box complete but for the top skin, I couldn’t resist it—I dug out some 3/4” steel balls I had stashed away and placed them in various compartments (they’re about 6” square). Now when you tilt the deck, there’s this lovely friendly music that accompanies the act.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"





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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 07:15 PM

Wow, Lee, that’s a great piece of equipment! I bet it’s a real back saver.

I got a chuckle from your project title … made me think of some of the ads on TV: “Rolling, tilting, locking! It slices! It dices! It’s a cheese grater! Order now and we’ll include a melon baller!”

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Diggerjacks

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 07:32 PM

Nicely done and a very good idea

This will give me ideasssss

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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blockhead

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#3 posted 08-19-2010 07:43 PM

That’s a great idea and well executed. It almost makes me wish I used sheet goods just so I could make one. Thanks for posting!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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Lee Barker

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 07:48 PM

Thanks for the kindnesses. Peter, if I’d only been thinking, I would have appended, “But wait, there’s MORE!” and “Operators are standing by!”

Diggerjack, I’d be glad to walk you through any part of the construction.

Brad, had I had more space in the title I would have included solid stock. I use the cart regularly for boards when I am straightlining and choosing stock—it’s a good sized spot to lay them out and flip them. And when I’ve used what I need at the time, I can tilt the deck and keep the boards in a low stack on the lip and roll it against the wall until I need to prowl through them again.

But wait, there’s more! If you order in the next 20 minutes, we’ll include, absolutely free, 14 lbs. of sawdust!

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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rcs47

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 10:05 PM

Lee,

You have another use here. With all the small shops around (I’m one), this is a break down assembly table. The torsion box gives you the flat surface. With your locking support system, plus add a support system that will swing in on the other side, you have an assembly table when you need it too.

As far as the height adjustment, a little work, a scissor jack or two, and you can adjust the height to what you want.

Great design!

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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mafe

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 11:03 PM

Really cool and simple!
Yes here we have another example of ‘less is more’.
Thank you for sharing this with us,
MaFe

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Robsshop

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#7 posted 08-20-2010 06:57 AM

That is a great shop aide,and multiple functions makes it that much better ! When it comes to sheet goods in my basement shop I have created My own system of managing the task,but I wish I had the room for something like Your handy cart,maybe one day ! Anyway,nice work and as always,stay safe !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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thelt

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#8 posted 08-20-2010 12:47 PM

Really a great idea! I’d love to see some construction plans.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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Lee Barker

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#9 posted 08-20-2010 05:08 PM

Construction plans. Since I’m new to LJ, what is the typical way they’re shared? I’m not versed in Sketchup.

I do draw (sketch) though, and if anyone seeing this would like enough information to create his/her own interation of this cart, I’d be glad to stamp an envelope and send a page of details and dimensions.

It’s a real sweep-the-floor kind of project in that you can use whatever is laying about in the way of 3/4 plywood and 4/4 solid stock.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Lee Barker

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#10 posted 08-22-2010 04:43 AM

The deck folds down as you see in two of the images, which reduces the area significantly—is that what you mean? Folding any more than that would take a heap o’ engineering, because the base has to be super rigid to accommodate the load safely.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Brad_Nailor

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#11 posted 08-23-2010 05:17 AM

That is the perfect item for a single man shop, working with sheet goods…that is you have enough room the maneuver it around! Great idea , great execution..

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#12 posted 08-31-2010 08:08 AM

nice work, this looks like a very useful cart to have around, especially if you are cutting lots of sheet goods…. will keep this one bookmarked for future reference…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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ScottN

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#13 posted 03-10-2011 03:16 PM

Very nice.I’ll have to build me one of those.

-- New Auburn,WI

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SteveW

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#14 posted 03-21-2011 11:28 PM

Your cart is one of the best I’ve seen. I have got to build me one of these!
Thanks for sharing, and I’m glad I found it using the keywords I like to use
in searching for my project ideas.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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Tyaak

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#15 posted 09-26-2011 05:48 AM

Hi Lee,
That is a very slick cart. After putting off buying/making one for years I now have a very sore back after a week of slinging 4×8s around the shop.

I am going to try and use your ideas if that is still okay. Just curious about the locking mechinism. Im assuming when you push in on the middle hinge the table can be put down, and when the table goes up the panels lock.

Am I missing something?

Again thanks for pics and description.

Eric aka tyaak

-- its only a mistake if someone can see it

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