Shop vac cart

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Project by Wolfdrool posted 10-02-2013 09:37 PM 3088 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve wanted a shop vac cart for a while and finally got around to building one. What a great addition to the shop! Although this one has a large 2 foot x 4 foot footprint, it’s awesome not to have the hoses, accessories, and electric cord underfoot. While this is a big cart, overall it saves a lot of room and makes these tools and the shop easier to use.

Not shown in the pictures, I’ve added a power outlet that has master and slave outlets, so the shop vac can turn on automatically when I start a tool. I’ve got an articulating boom arm in progress, as I want to be able to collapse the arm when this is not in use. That design is still in progress.

This one has two levels. I use the lower level for storage. This holds all my shop vac accessories, extra hoses, nozzles, filters and filter bags. Then I had room left over, so I have a few more items in there. It’s cavernous.

Both the shop vac and Vortex dust collector are supported on the top deck, fenced in by frames so they can’t roll off. Rather than build wood structure I might end up not liking, both the shop vac and the Vortex dust collector are lashed in place. I run a short length of line around each unit from an anchor point to a cleat, where the line is tied off. The line is tied to the anchor point (it’s a u-bolt) using an ossel hitch. Of the secure hitches, the ossel hitch is the easiest to tie. It holds fast, and yet can be relatively easily untied at any time.

Using the lashing approach leaves a lot of room in the top deck area to store hoses and the electric cord up there.

The top deck and frames are low enough that it’s easy enough for me to lift the shop vac and Vortex units out when needed.

The handles are 1 inch PVC held in place at the ends with PVC caps.

All pocket screws. No glue.

Once I settled on the design, this took 3 hours to build. The top and base panel are 2×4 plywood panels whose edges were eased with a 1/8 round over. The frames are 1×4 3/4 inch fir. The long rails are 47, the short end rails are 21 1/2, and all the stiles are 7 inches. All stiles fit between the rails so that the end stiles and intermediate stiles could be the same length. Since I only had to cut three sizes of frame pieces, the cross cutting went fast. Both the top deck and base panel are supported by an additional pair of cross members to reduce sagging, but it’s hard to see those in the pictures.

The 1” metal casters I used are too small, but that’s what I had on had. I plan to switch to 3 inch casters. Not sure if I need metal casters to help bleed off static charge build up, but I’ll stick with metal ones just in case. My concrete shop floor won’t complain. Although sometimes it makes sense to use a pair of pivoting casters and a pair of fixed casters, here all four casters pivot. For this application, this gives good for maneuverability to place the equipment in just the right location.

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#1 posted 10-02-2013 10:01 PM

Looks very functional. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 10-03-2013 03:14 PM

Nice design – need to do something like this for my shop. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#3 posted 10-04-2013 02:11 PM

It looks good and sturdy. A great help for easy access of those heavy equipments and very convenient to use. Great job!

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