Mobile Shop Cart Using a Car Jack

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Project by ToyMakingDad posted 05-02-2013 05:35 AM 12614 views 32 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had seen some pretty cool ideas for mobile shop bases here and thought I would give it a shot.

I had originally intended to build one like Joel Wires' basically brilliant mobile base but once I started laying out the pieces, I realized I didn’t have the clearance on the horizontal supports of the stand to allow me to build it that way. I started trying different things and this proof of concept eventually took shape.

Pictures may look a little distorted because of the angle but it is “mostly square.” :)

2×4s for most of the base and 2×3s for the “top” that the jack presses up on.
Casters are from the HF 1000lbs furniture mover (about $8 on sale.)
Four utility hinges.
3” screws.
The jack from a friend’s totaled Honda Fit.

As the jack is lowered, the levers on the caster plates push down. Once the board is fully engaged flat with the surface, the assembly is very sturdy and I haven’t had any issues with it not staying in place.

Honestly, my 10” table say is not THAT heavy but I have a late 60’s 12” Craftsman Band Saw that is very heavy. I’m hoping to use the same jack and attached plate for that one since I only have one of these jacks available. Clearly, permanently attaching it to the base would be the best option but this is a work in progress.

Still want to make a foot powered one but the effort to raise and lower the jack is minimal.

(Here is a quick video. I started to raise the jack incorrectly and had to reconnect the crank but I think you can get the general idea.)

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Not perfect and it can clearly be improved but so far it works fine and was fun to figure out.
Here is my blog post on some of the build.

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-02-2013 11:51 AM

Necessity is the mother of invention. Nice job on that mobile base!! Git ‘er done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-02-2013 12:26 PM

Looks great to me. It seems to work well too. Great idea.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-02-2013 12:28 PM

Totally cool! Very creative solution.

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 12:36 PM

Great idea, I may try that on myself.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 05-02-2013 12:51 PM

Hmmmm… I have a double jack (for motorbikes) fairly new that I am not using at all. I began to have some ideas. Thanks for sharing !

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#6 posted 05-02-2013 05:31 PM

Interesting concept.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 05-02-2013 09:49 PM

Spiffy! And functional too.

You can buy those little jacks from junkyards for 3 or 4 bucks if you want to make ‘em dedicated to each tool

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#8 posted 05-03-2013 12:22 PM

Ingenious! My complements on the project!

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#9 posted 05-29-2013 01:53 PM


Have you patented the idea yet?

-- Derec

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#10 posted 06-06-2013 12:01 PM

GREAT post dude. This is something I have been wanting to make for quite some time, but didn’t get the time to figure it out. Consider your idea stolen :D Thanks for sharing :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#11 posted 02-08-2014 10:15 PM

Wow. Nice variation and thanks for the shout-out. :)

-- Joel Wires -->

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