Shop cart to replace the recently shanghai'ed tool chest

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Project by sawdustmaster posted 04-14-2011 12:19 AM 23698 views 29 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Rolling shop cart from Wood magazine. Altered in a few places. I used red birch ply 3/4” for the whole thing. Very nice wood. Finished with BLO makes it look very close to cherry. The original shop tool chest was kidnapped by my wife and brought into the house as a breakfast room piece (check my project just previous to this one). She said the other one was too nice for the shop so I had to build one that was more “outside the house” looking. Anyway, very useful piece in the shop and got rid of a lot of clutter on the workspaces. Credit to my father for telling me to build several “flaws” into my future projects to avoid them being moved into the house as well.

Thanks for looking

-- --Now we are surrounded sir. "Excellent private, now we can attack in any direction."

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 01:08 AM

Very useful looking cart…don’t edgeband or finish too well though….otherwise it too will find itself in the house….LOL.

I’ll have to agree with your father there….Over time I too have had items “hijacked” from my shop…and then I typically find them in various places around the house. To be honest though, if she wants them for the house I feel quite honored as she has a good sense of style and design.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#2 posted 04-14-2011 03:09 AM

Looks great, very functional. The original is really nice. Thanks for the view.

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!

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#3 posted 04-14-2011 03:11 AM

Great Idea and very well done.


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#4 posted 04-14-2011 02:30 PM

Nicely done!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#5 posted 04-14-2011 02:33 PM

This looks like a great addition to your shop. And what better compliment than to have your wife steal your shop furniture for the house?!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-14-2011 03:20 PM

Can’t beat that…you built something too well! Great new cart and addition to the shop…and breakfast room!

Well done.

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#7 posted 04-15-2011 04:31 AM

I thought someone snuck into my garage and took pictures. I built the same cart a few weeks ago and posted here and I too have a two wheeled Beemer in the garage but mine is a GSA. I made mine out of scrounged plywood so doesn’t look quite as nice as yours. I ended up leaving the back off so I could get to it from both sides. I was thinking about putting a sacrificial hardboard top and edge banding the top but haven’t yet. I see from your post that you probably don’t want to do that or the better half might steal it. Thanks for sharing!

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#8 posted 04-15-2011 08:32 PM

Your wife is right. The last project was to nice for the shop. This one is much more suited to it’s environment. As long as you leave the screws and the plywood edging showing you should not get your stuff stolen again.

Nice cart.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 04-16-2011 09:32 PM

was this in wood magazine a few issues ago? looks nice man

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#10 posted 04-17-2011 04:10 AM

Michael, yes it was 1 or 2 issues ago. Made a few changes

-- --Now we are surrounded sir. "Excellent private, now we can attack in any direction."

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#11 posted 04-17-2011 09:42 AM

very nice

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#12 posted 05-13-2011 12:04 AM

Really? Aromatic cedar drawers, and it is not in your wife’s closet?
I think you were asking for it…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#13 posted 05-13-2011 01:29 AM

Jm82435. Ha! You noticed. I ran out of 3/4” red birch play so rather than buying a whole new sheet for the last few drawer sides I scrounged the shop for every available piece of scrap to finish the drawers.

-- --Now we are surrounded sir. "Excellent private, now we can attack in any direction."

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#14 posted 07-14-2012 11:05 PM

I agree with reggiek, don’t make it look to good. It has wheels, it will leave your shop quickly. I’ve seen this one and want to build it. Thanks for reminding me. Nice work. Thanks for sharing.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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