Evolution of a Shop #43: Drill press cart part 1

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Blog entry by Cory posted 04-14-2015 03:03 PM 3391 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to build a new cart that took better advantage of the space underneath my benchtop drill press. The one I had been using was a scavenged find. It looks like there are a 5 drawers, but it’s actually 3. They’re made from 3/4” material, they’re narrow and deep, and don’t have full extension slides, so they don’t function well for small parts.

The one I built is a little lower, wider, and has full extension slides so I can get to everything in the drawers. It was very simple construction (pocket screws, butt joints, glue and brad nails) out of material I had left over (MDF, plywood, maple edging).

Here’s the new one, with the old one next to it.

Top drawer with most used bits:

Middle drawer has a tray for bits used a little less often:

I still need to build a drawer for the bottom, add drawer faces, and mount the drill press. More to come….

Thanks for looking.


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 04-14-2015 03:17 PM

Great job Cory. Any woodworker would be proud of that cart.!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 05:01 PM

Stellar job, Cory….it’s always a pleasure to see your work, as usual….Looks like the new cart will be very funcutional. Sometimes the things we build first is not always the best for the job at hand. Looks like this one will fit the bill….Be sure to post the finished project…..As always, good to hear from you , and keep up the good work.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#3 posted 04-14-2015 05:04 PM

It’s a really nice shop and very well organized.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 04-14-2015 05:07 PM

A good looking drill press cart!

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 09:11 PM

In the photo you labeled “Top drawer with most used bits” you have a black tray with different sized slots for the bits. Could you tell me what that product is called? I’ve been looking for something similar. Thanks.

-- Scott - Martinsville, NJ

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#6 posted 04-15-2015 02:58 PM

Scott: That is something I bought at Woodcraft a few years ago. It was something similar to this:

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#7 posted 04-17-2015 06:21 PM

Very good Cory. A drill press has so many accessories, a good storage for easy access is essential imo. Nice build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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