A GENERAL purpose cart:-)

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Project by Mark Shymanski posted 01-01-2012 07:07 AM 2592 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As for many of us space is at a premium in my shop, and I am ‘organizationally challenged’ so I needed a place for the miscellany that doesn’t fit in my big black tool box (its in the background of one picture). I also wanted a plaece for my planer, mite saw and compressor…oh yeah I also wanted to recycle the packing crate my General TS came in last spring (thus the play on words? in the title).

As you can probably tell from the superb joinery and elegant proportions, I was making this up as I went along. I initially had wanted to create a swivel top, like I’d seen other LJs do, but I didn’t have the time, patience or skill (or perhaps all three:-) ) to make one. Time is a real constraint so I settled for something big enough to hold the compressor and mite saw inside and it must be robust enough to put the planer on top (I was getting tired of lugging it off the shelf where it lived when not in use.) When I unpacked the TS I was taken with the idea of creating some shop furniture from the crate. In hind site it probably would have been better for me to just burn the crate as the ‘plywood’ is of an extremely fragile type that splinters all together to readily. In any event I persevered and completed the cart. It now holds, in addition to the three designed for tools, two work mates, two tool boxes of various parts too big to fit in my parts drawers and two small to set on a shelf in their own right. Many of my squares are mounted on the back (you may be able to just make out the General logo in the sun bleached areas). Alongside the saw and compressor are assorted attachments for the compressor as well asa couple og 18 ga staplers, as well as some jig remneants/prototypes. My plastic drafting triangles are tucked in safely between the planer and one of the tol boxes, out of harm’s way. And there are a few clamps and, strategically placed spring clampsjj

I’d purchased the castors some time ago for this very purpose, just not this wood. As I was trying to do this all with in a 4 hour window of opportunity,I had to rely on what little material I had on hand. I have the final side from the crate which I intend to fashion into a for for tthe cart.

I have not,yet, fired up the planer in its new lofty position…I should probably figure out some kind of dust collection before I turn it on :-) .

I had purchased the casters quite some time ago, just never got around to using them.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 07:11 AM

Very Usable! My kind of construction, too!

May I ask the purpose of the blocking centered on the bottom? Support?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 08:17 AM

looks so handy…where is the motor? that is all this is missing…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 06:23 PM

Looks rugged and should get the job done for along time !
Good job


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 06:41 PM

Nice cart

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 07:34 PM

super looking cart,nice work.


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#6 posted 01-01-2012 10:43 PM

Thanks all for the comments. The blocking on the bottom are remnants from the pccking crate. When I went to pul them off the blocks just desintegrated and tore out chunks of the plywood bottom so Ii only removed the ones in the corners leaving the rest. The plywood is very thin and there is actually a 2×4 frame actually holding things upgrade.

Matt, there are three motors on this puppy, one each on the saw, the planer and the compressor:-)

Thanks for looking and I apologize for the horrific spelling in my post, I guess I shouldn’t try to type just before going to bed:-)

Happy New year to you all!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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