The Great Garage Reorganization and Shop Improvement Act #7: Drinks anyone?

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Blog entry by captkerk posted 06-01-2010 05:17 AM 4741 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had planned on adding a work cart of some kind to the shop after I got my other projects done, but when my neighbor said he could get some old airline beverage service carts from work, my timeline changed. He was able to get me two carts with a full compliment of trays and I got to thinking that they would make a great cart if I joined them together and just added a top. That sounded great in theory, but they were a little too tall, especially when putting a top on them, too. So I decided to cut the tops off them and make them shorter. Now they are 36 inches tall (same as my table saw) including the top.

beverage cart

The cart works great as an out-feed table, in-feed table or just a nice project cart/assembly table.


I made the top from an old laminate desktop that I had been using in the shop as a makeshift assembly/out-feed table on some sawhorses. I covered the top with a new piece of hardboard that just slips in place inside the wood edging so I can replace it if it gets too beat up.

open doors

Plenty of storage space inside especially since the carts have doors on both sides.


This turned out to be a great addition to the shop, and it was almost free to boot! All I had to buy was a new sheet of hardboard since all the other materials I had on hand. The carts even function well which is amazing since they were old surplus but makes me happy since it rolls easily and the brakes are very effective.

The other nice thing about the new lower height is that it fits under my workbench for storage. I plan to rework the workbench to make it deeper for more workspace and to help stow the cart away better.

workbench stowage

Right now I’m using it as an out-feed table since it is made with the parts that used to be an out-feed table. But I plan to build a new, dedicated out-feed table soon.

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#1 posted 06-01-2010 05:32 AM

This is a nice re purposing of the beverage carts. Not something just an Joe has around the house tho. LOL! Looks like this will be really effective for you.

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#2 posted 06-01-2010 05:32 AM

Those worked out great. They are great for storage.

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#3 posted 06-01-2010 05:58 AM

Thats awsome! I would love to have a couple of those for some carts in my shop. Talk about perfect.

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#4 posted 06-01-2010 02:01 PM

Nice repurposing. Looks great and alot of storage. Nice Job!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#5 posted 06-03-2010 10:08 PM

I still see sports equipment in that shop… I thought that was what the shed was for…

Seriously though. It appears you have done the router insert / miter slot addition to the table saw wing. Do you have a fence done for it yet? I’d love to see how you dealt with that…

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#6 posted 06-14-2010 03:34 PM

Yes, there is still sports equipment. And bikes. And ride-on toys. And on and on and on. The shed definitely helped clear stuff out, but I still need to keep some things accessible for the four kids. On that note, bubbles and woodshop sawdust definitely don’t mix. Neither does sidewalk chalk.

And yes, I did get around to getting the router plate and miter slot in. I also added some faces to the table saw fence. I have a shop made router table fence from my last router table that will work here, but I plan to make a new one that slips over the table saw fence. I’ll probably do an update on those things once I make the new fence and finish up the dust collection for the router table.

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