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Project by Jaxsun posted 09-24-2018 07:58 AM 3035 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good morning, evening,or whatever time may it be. This is only my second post if my memory serves me right. But I thought I’d share a mobile tool cart I built for a friend who is a cabinet and millwork installer. I’ve been an installer for the past 20 yrs, mostly installing architectural millwork and some rather interesting fixtures that architects dream up. Anyways, as an installer you’re expected to carry all hand tools needed and pretty much all small power tools that you personally are familiar with. With gas prices as they are, more and more installers are trading in their trucks for economy cars. So i made this box to accommodate that idea. I made it in 6 boxes about 14” w x20” d x 10” tall. Each with different sizes of drawers. All the boxes mate with each other and stack with hardware that is used for flight cases or road case that is widely used in the entertainment and music business. They’re built to be strong and protected on all sides by the use of aluminum corners and extrusion. I really liked the way these flight cases look. So i was able to somewhat copy the design I was after. But only after modifying the wood boxes quite a bit. I used poplar drawers dovetails and soft close ball bearing drawer guides. Each drawer has it’s own lock that is a push button type that are used a lot for glass doors and sliders. The bottom cart is separate and has 6 in soft rubber casters that have a 4 wheel swivel but also lock stationary if you chose. And 2 wheels have a built in brake. My friend asked me to build something that would last til he retires so I made this thing pretty damn strong. Anyways, thanks for looking and maybe this little project might be helpful for ideas to any installer looking to get a lot of tools around and drive a gas sipper. Thanks


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#1 posted 09-24-2018 10:52 AM

Very good looking boxes and should work out well

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#2 posted 09-24-2018 10:55 AM

so many features and all of them outstanding

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 09-24-2018 11:21 AM

Great looking tool chests! I was wondering why the base sticks out so far past the casters on the one side.

-- I thought you said there was no metal in this log !!!!!!!!!!!!

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#4 posted 09-24-2018 01:13 PM

Very clever and they look great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 01:50 PM

This is superb! Well done.

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#6 posted 09-24-2018 05:21 PM

i think he’ll love those,not only very well built but beautiful too.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Bill Berklich

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#7 posted 09-24-2018 06:22 PM

Excellent though and work – I suspect it will out last him and his grand children. A great working legacy piece, Tool Box for a New Century.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 09-24-2018 06:32 PM

Very nice looking cabinet….Stellar job on the build….Great job, and they look stout and strong…!!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#9 posted 09-24-2018 07:12 PM

I think if some rock star see’s these, they will want custom cases from you! I think they are so coo, I can see them in someone’s home as part of the d├ęcor. Great idea, great execution!

-- Petey

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#10 posted 09-24-2018 07:14 PM

That’s a great build.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 09-24-2018 07:48 PM

They look great and the way you have constructed them they should be pretty ‘bullet’ proof for quite a while. Well done. Do you have a better photo of the hardware on the side of the boxes? TNX

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#12 posted 09-24-2018 08:25 PM

Good job! This should do the trick nicely. I foresee these lasting well past his retirement. They look very strong.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 09-25-2018 08:23 AM

I appreciate the kind words and was fun to make and to figure out how to make the aluminum and hardware work to get the look and strength I wanted to see. Sawmillman, the base extends past the casters to carry a small compressor or canvas screw bags . I personally didn’t like the look, but it serves a purpose. Northwest29, I’m not sure if you were asking about the side hardware that draws the boxes and base together, or the “Z clip” that holds them together side by side? But maybe these pics are better..All hardware was purchased from PENN/ELCOM. I think they’re one of the big manufacturers of flight case hardware


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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 09-25-2018 12:38 PM

Man that is really nice. Looks professionally built!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 09-25-2018 04:02 PM

That’s some highly proffesionaly made storage chart.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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