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Mobile Tool Carts (for my vintage radial arm saws)

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Project by Mainebarn posted 06-20-2019 02:45 PM 1907 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two mobile cabinets/carts that will be used as stands for my vintage DeWalt radial arm saws. The cabinets were made from maple and plywood. These were built heavy duty to support the weight of these cast-iron saws.

Here’s a video that shows more photos and construction details: https://youtu.be/IXoJA70e0JA

-- Brian





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fivecodys

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#1 posted 06-20-2019 03:57 PM

Nicely done!
Love the old RAS.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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pottz

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#2 posted 06-20-2019 06:09 PM

nice job on those carts look like they should last as long as the saw.im in the small club here that still loves and uses a RAS,seems many feel there unsafe.id love to have that one of yours.mine gets used everytime im in the shop.

-- 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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Mainebarn

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#3 posted 06-20-2019 06:17 PM


nice job on those carts look like they should last as long as the saw.im in the small club here that still loves and uses a RAS,seems many feel there unsafe.id love to have that one of yours.mine gets used everytime im in the shop.
Thanks. There’s just something nostalgic about them. They’re interesting and fun to use and probably my favorite tool in the shop.

-- Brian

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rackjabbit

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#4 posted 06-20-2019 10:44 PM

Those are very nice for shop furniture. The RAS will love them as so will you. Plenty of storage too. I love an RAS and especial the old Dewalts. I miss having one but you must have room for them, so mine is gone.

-- Once the dust settles, breath and behold the beauty of the wood.

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ScrapHeap

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#5 posted 06-21-2019 02:20 PM

Thank you for sharing the details and the video. I need some help. I sketched out the plans for mine over the past few days before I saw your cabinet. I am using locking rabbet joints on my drawers also, but mine look different than yours.
Would you mind sharing what thickness of plywood you are using on your drawers is?
I used 3/4 for the front even though I am planning on putting a face on the drawers. I really liked how simple it was for you to make those joints on the front and back. Not to mention how easy it was to assemble.
Thanks again. Tom.

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Mainebarn

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#6 posted 06-21-2019 03:18 PM


Would you mind sharing what thickness of plywood you are using on your drawers is?
I used 3/4 for the front even though I am planning on putting a face on the drawers. I really liked how simple it was for you to make those joints on the front and back. Not to mention how easy it was to assemble.
Thanks again. Tom.

- ScrapHeap

Hello Tom,

On these, I used 1/2” baltic birch plywood to construct the drawer box (front, back, and sides) and then I applied an extra 3/4” solid-wood front. It looks like you might be using one of those lock joint rabbet router bits to get that extra little detail on the front piece? I think that’s designed to hide the end grain so you don’t have to add a separate front (it also provides a little more glue surface). I just used a 1/4” dado blade to cut both parts and it worked great. Once you take the time to get the distance and depth set correctly, the joints fit great! I like it because the fronts and backs are cut exactly the same. The 1/2” plywood that I used was OK since the drawers weren’t that large. However, 5/8” or 3/4” would have made a heavier, stronger drawer. One last note: I glued the bottoms in (not floating)—this really increases the strength. Since the entire drawer box is make of plywood, it’s more stable so you don’t really have to account for expansion/contraction as when using solid wood.

Although I used a RAS to cut my drawers, Daryl in this video gives a very good explanation and tutorial using the table saw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBxsxSJ_FdQ

Hope that helps,

-- Brian

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ScrapHeap

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#7 posted 06-21-2019 04:13 PM

Thanks Brian. No special router bit. I was planning on using a 1/4” dado, but saving the edge grain from the side was too complicated and not even necessary since I’m gonna cover it up with a front anyway. I went to sketchup and changed the front to be 1/2” inch and everything is dandy.
Your post saved me a lot of time, effort, and unnecessary expense. Thanks again.
Tom

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Ivan

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#8 posted 06-22-2019 12:39 PM

Very functional feature…my whole garage workshop is on wheels.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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