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Assembly Cart with Air Compressor and Clamp Rack

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Project by Marv88 posted 12-20-2021 12:14 PM 1209 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My family gave me some Dewalt bar clamps in the sizes I use most often for my birthday so I decided to make a 2 sided mobile rack for those as well as some Bessey and Jorgensen clamps I have (I build custom home/mobile audio speaker cabinets and use these 3 sizes regularly). 90% of the way through the original design I realized a flaw…

..making both sides parallel would make clamps prone to sliding off the dowels when rolling around so on to a new angled design.

On the original design I drilled through holes and secured each dowel with a screw in the middle from the top in case I ever had to replace one however in this design I counter bored holes and secured each dowel from the back with a screw.

I then started to build a mobile cart (everything is built from 12mm and 18mm Baltic birch plywood) so the clamps were high enough to easily grab without having to bend over (you “older” fellas like myself will understand my reasoning for that!). Half way through the cart I thought a drawer would be good to put all the tools I use on every assembly in one easy to reach place so I added that as well as a little mount to set the nail gun in while using.

After completing the drawer I was trying to think of something I could use the otherwise wasted space underneath for when it dawned on me that the space may be big enough for my compressor so I took it off of the other cart I recently built and sure enough it fit.

Now I can roll the cart up to my assembly bench and have pretty much everything I need right at my fingertips (I’m going to add a couple of foldaway car cup holders on the side for my glue bottle and pencils)

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#1 posted 12-20-2021 01:02 PM

Very nice, I don’t need a mobile, but if I did. I like it!

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#2 posted 12-20-2021 01:07 PM

Thanks!


Very nice, I don t need a mobile, but if I did. I like it!

- 2×4oak


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#3 posted 12-20-2021 01:22 PM

This is a fantastic shop upgrade! Some years back, I built a very similar cart for my pancake compressor and put a hose reel on it and a clamp rack on the back as well. It saved me a lot of space. Unfortunately, that compressor died and the larger compressor I got to replace it doesn’t fit.

I can’t tell though, did you get rid of the hose reel I see on your “old” cart? I would be hard pressed to do without that now that I’ve gotten used to it…

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#4 posted 12-20-2021 01:39 PM

Thanks! Putting the compressor on the cart was an after thought and no room for the reel but I may hang it on the wall.


This is a fantastic shop upgrade! Some years back, I built a very similar cart for my pancake compressor and put a hose reel on it and a clamp rack on the back as well. It saved me a lot of space. Unfortunately, that compressor died and the larger compressor I got to replace it doesn t fit.

I can t tell though, did you get rid of the hose reel I see on your “old” cart? I would be hard pressed to do without that now that I ve gotten used to it…

- HokieKen


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#5 posted 12-20-2021 01:47 PM

I was wondering if you could mount it on top of the clamp rack? Maybe route the line from the compressor to the reel through the center of the clamp rack. I’m mostly just looking at yours and wondering how I can build myself a new one ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#6 posted 12-20-2021 04:10 PM

Nice design and great build.

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#7 posted 12-20-2021 04:34 PM

My favorite part is the most simple part…the nail gun holder. It’s little touches like the holder that make shop made furniture so much more fun to use. I did see you lost the hose reel but on a mobile cart you take to your work I don’t see that as an issue. Plus those coiled hoses are quite fantastic at how far they can reach. I used to hate the coiled hoses until I bought a nice one and put quick disconnect fittings on it. Now my hose reel is in a drawer.

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#8 posted 12-20-2021 04:39 PM

Glad you found some inspiration!


I was wondering if you could mount it on top of the clamp rack? Maybe route the line from the compressor to the reel through the center of the clamp rack. I m mostly just looking at yours and wondering how I can build myself a new one ;-)

- HokieKen


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#9 posted 12-20-2021 04:46 PM

Glad you like the nail gun holder. I actually had it on the side of my workbench before but I figured I’d be leaving the drawer open to allow quick access/return of tools while assembling so that was a good place. Also, this is the first time I have ever tried a coiled hose and wish I had a long time ago!


My favorite part is the most simple part…the nail gun holder. It s little touches like the holder that make shop made furniture so much more fun to use. I did see you lost the hose reel but on a mobile cart you take to your work I don t see that as an issue. Plus those coiled hoses are quite fantastic at how far they can reach. I used to hate the coiled hoses until I bought a nice one and put quick disconnect fittings on it. Now my hose reel is in a drawer.

- sansoo22


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#10 posted 12-20-2021 07:28 PM

This right here is the deal. BRING IT to the work, on wheels no less. All that hung on a distant wall is like work.

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#11 posted 12-20-2021 07:32 PM

Great design I like the nail gun holder in the drawer, it’s awesome.

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#12 posted 12-21-2021 02:44 AM

This has definitely saved me quite a few footsteps already!


This right here is the deal. BRING IT to the work, on wheels no less. All that hung on a distant wall is like work.

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#13 posted 12-21-2021 02:44 AM

Thanks!


Great design I like the nail gun holder in the drawer, it s awesome.

- waho6o9


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#14 posted 12-29-2021 02:50 AM

I love this type of projects where we can use are skills to build something that can help organize our work area. Very nice looking cart.

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#15 posted 12-29-2021 03:08 AM

Thanks and it is definitely working out well!


I love this type of projects where we can use are skills to build something that can help organize our work area. Very nice looking cart.

- JSan


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