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Forum topic by MiniMe posted 06-14-2021 04:14 PM 528 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MiniMe

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06-14-2021 04:14 PM

Looking for ideas and examples of what others did with this type of cart.
It is very solid and sturdy and since I have a small garage I am not sure if I want it in
One way to use it is to make it a dual purpose outside work table for gardening and woodworking It will have a mostly permanent top for gardening and change the top as needed for the finer wood work

That control panel piece that is on top can be removed, (in is unscrewed already but I left it there for the picture)


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#1 posted 06-14-2021 04:55 PM

My router table was constructed using a repurposed kitchen cart.

We bought the kitchen cart in the early 90s at a discount store; it’s constructed of hard maple. No place for it in the kitchen anymore, so I used it in my then shop which was a two-car garage. The cart’s purpose then was as an assembly table and some storage space.

I eventually got a separate shop building and I wanted a router table. My gaze fell upon the old kitchen cart. I converted it by disassembling it, removing a useless drawer and then I reinforced it some, tightened the reassembled cart with some pocket screws for reinforcement and built the router table top and fence.

Here it is after the conversion:

-- Ray

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#2 posted 06-14-2021 06:26 PM

Nice project, nice work, but yes I am looking for ideas of how I can repurpose the above better

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#3 posted 06-14-2021 06:46 PM

It’s not clear to me what you want to use it for. Tool storage? Clamping workpieces while using hand tools? Using a screaming router?

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#4 posted 06-14-2021 07:00 PM

I have a portable dewalt table saw and a smaller size hitachi mitter say that I use outside of my garage for work
The dust collection system is not ready yet and I have issues with cutting anything in there. I do not have a router table yet but I do have a mastercraft router and a project to attach it to my Ridgid contractor table saw…. tons of things to do with that barbeque cart… I am looking for example work

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#5 posted 06-14-2021 07:35 PM

My FIL gave me his stainless steel one that died, so I turned it into a mini-welding station. Great for small jobs, and since it is all metal, you just need put the ground clamp on the grill someplace, not the parts you are working on. Flip up lid acts as a spark shield, and the grill grate lets sparks and crap fall down out of your way. Cabinet below is where I keep my welding helmet, gloves, welding tools, accessories, etc… so they are always handy.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#6 posted 06-14-2021 08:49 PM



Nice project, nice work, but yes I am looking for ideas of how I can repurpose the above better

- MiniMe


I have a portable dewalt table saw and a smaller size hitachi mitter say that I use outside of my garage for work
The dust collection system is not ready yet and I have issues with cutting anything in there. I do not have a router table yet but I do have a mastercraft router and a project to attach it to my Ridgid contractor table saw…. tons of things to do with that barbeque cart… I am looking for example work

- MiniMe

Well, I kinda thought I was throwing an idea out there. If you’re looking for plans of how somebody else took the same exact thing and turned it into the latest, greatest whatever, then that could be a long wait.

The welding station is a neat idea. I’d love to have one of those in my shop. Without a real good idea of the strength of the old grill cart.

-- Ray

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#7 posted 06-14-2021 09:24 PM

If you re looking for plans of how somebody else took the same exact thing and turned it into the latest, greatest whatever, then that could be a long wait.


so you would think!
https://www.familyhandyman.com/article/upcycled-miter-saw-stand/
Do you see any resemblance ?

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