Evolution of a Shop #9: Mobile Carts...A Godsend in a small shop

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Blog entry by Cory posted 05-12-2010 04:40 PM 14222 reads 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I still park a car in my shop, errr garage, so I have to be able to move things around. Mobile carts and workstations are essential for me. Here are a couple that I’ve built. They’re all works in progress and I’m continually changing them.

Planer/Air Compressor Cart:

This cart used to house my CMS, but I built a dedicated bench for it and freed up this cart. The planer sits on top and my compressor is in the bottom. I lined the inside of the compressor compartment with old carpet tiles to help muffle the noise. It really is a very low rumble now instead of a scream. The drawer holds some air guns, nails, and accessories.

Mobile outfeed/finishing cart:

I use this small cart as an outfeed table, storage for TS accessories, finishing platform (some coasters are on top of it in this picture), and small cutoff storage. This used to house all of my small cut offs and scrap pieces. I added the top and have loaded it up with stuff.

Here you can see my router table and the small mobile cart acting like outfeed tables:

Thanks for looking!


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 05-12-2010 05:39 PM

How handy! I would not have thought to make the tables the same height as the table saw – something I’m going to remember for sure.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 05-12-2010 07:14 PM

Great pics of nice carts. Need to do a couple of those.

-- Scott - Houston, Texas

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Bob N

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#3 posted 05-12-2010 09:18 PM

Great job Corey and thanks for sharing. Some awesome ideas in this post and I have added it to my favorites for future planning.

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#4 posted 05-13-2010 12:10 AM

Good looking mobile carts. I have everything on wheels and it is the only way to go with a small shop. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 05-13-2010 12:57 AM

i love the idea for the planer/compressor cart those are the two tools i need to get off the floor now. Thanks for the idea, nice looking shop.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 05-13-2010 01:05 AM

Nice shop cart.

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#7 posted 05-13-2010 03:57 AM

Good stuff Cory! I’m in the process of doing the same in my small shop. Do you have brakes on all your swivel casters, or two with brakes and two without?

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#8 posted 05-13-2010 05:39 AM

Live4ever: I’ve got brakes on all 4 casters. My floor is uneven so I want to be able to lock any of them down.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#9 posted 05-17-2010 05:12 AM

I like your idea of parking two cars in the garage and still have time setting up a wood shop in the garage.

IMHO, it does not take much skill or planning to have a “garage shop” by moving the cars outside. The garage was designed for the cars.

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#10 posted 05-17-2010 05:18 AM

No horse before your cart LOL good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 06-04-2015 02:19 AM


I’m starting to feel a little stalkerish. I am currently working on a similar sized cabinet for my planer and was trying to figure out what to do with the additional storage space the cabinet would provide. Compressor storage! Genius!


-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#12 posted 06-04-2015 01:38 PM

Chuck: Glad to be an inspiration! I know I’ve “stolen” a lot of ideas from the great folks on here so I’m glad I could give some back.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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