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.
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.
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.
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.