Mobile shop cart

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Project by Mark Gipson posted 02-26-2013 12:47 PM 7951 views 62 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this shop cart using the plans from ShopNotes magazine issue 90. The plans were pretty easy to follow and I learned a lot building this. The case is plywood with a double layer for the top and bottom. Edging is 1.25” hardwood with 1.5” corners posts. The top is a double layer of MDF which I covered with laminate instead of hardboard as I use this as an assembly table.
There is a lot of storage space in the drawers so I built dividers, sliding trays and totes for most of them so I can pack everything in, this is my only shop storage space.
Loaded up with tools this is a heavy cart, when I built it I hadn’t found a source for good quality castors so it requires a bit of effort to move around but it’s normally parked outside the shop so it’s no big deal. It’s a very solid cart, far more sturdy than my workbench.

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 12:57 PM

Nice cart. Your right it has a ton of storage. Looks like it doubles as a cat rest also.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 01:00 PM

I would use cats as clamps too.. But I am allergic.. Nice Cart.. really looks great.

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 01:53 PM

Thats nice Mark….Great build sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 01:58 PM

What a great cart, and lots of storage to boot. Great choice for the top. Great for glue ups!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 02:12 PM

This will pay off in dividends when it comes to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 03:19 PM

Very nice and well organized cart…but it appears the cat has laid claim to it…so I guess you have to build one for yourself now…

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 03:42 PM

Ditto to all the above. The side shelves for the bench cookies, glue bottles, etc. is original and creative. I like it a lot. If you hit the cat with some warm water the glue should loosen up and the cat can move on to other things. I personally wouldn’t have glued the cat to the top, but that’s just me.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 06:13 PM

very very nice….good job! love the drawers…best use of that space for sure!

-- Pabs

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 07:10 PM

Nice build Mark and you have to love the storage…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 07:19 PM

Outstanding design and layout; and the cat appears to staking his claim to the new perch.

-- - The day I stop learning is the day I stop living.

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#11 posted 02-26-2013 10:46 PM

Mark – nice build…added to favorites…no wonder it made the daily 3

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#12 posted 02-26-2013 11:57 PM

Very nice cart, perfect size! I want one of those. And what is it about a clean flat surface that cats just love! When I clean my bench, both cats jump up. When I set the newspaper down for just one second, the cats lay on it!

-- I'm Chuck and I wood not chuck wood cause I keep finding uses for it!

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#13 posted 02-27-2013 01:27 AM

Thanks for the kind comments everyone. I certainly recommend this cart for anybody looking for some multipurpose shop storage. I think I have also stumbled on a good way to get your project in the daily top 3, include a cat in the photos! We have a lot of cats and there is usually at least one sleeping in some part of my shop, they like the open cabinet on my router table and then drag the sawdust around the house with them.

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#14 posted 02-27-2013 02:16 AM

Nice work, one can never have enough storage space.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#15 posted 02-27-2013 03:15 AM

Mark – that’s a great cart. I’m going to look up those plans! You’ve got quite the talent between this and your router table. They all look fantastic. Wanna come and build some stuff for my shop ;)? Thanks for the post… Good work.

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