Air Compressor Station #2: Shelves

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 01-29-2010 07:35 AM 5508 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was able to work on this a little more today. Time was somewhat stretched but I was able to put the shelves on.

Air compressor with shelves

I still have to add a hose holder, handles, and the tires but its getting there. I am a horrible klutz at times and try to keep the floor as litter free as possible. The last thing I need is a tool that rests on the floor, complete with 50 feet of hose to trip over.

This gives me a place to store my nailers, nails, little compressor doo-dads, and a place to set tools, temporarily, on top. I am putting on some heavy duty wheels. I have a fencing project in the next year or two so, while the cart might be a pain to drag out of the basement, it will give me a more organized and portable station that I can wheel around the backyard.

Not a beauty queen, but I am pretty happy with the product so far.


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#1 posted 01-29-2010 07:52 AM

Very nice idea, I need something like that for my PC air compressor too.
Great job


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#2 posted 01-29-2010 11:09 AM

lookin good, i was considering that cart until i changed the plans for my workbench and included space underneath for the pancake compressor with the hose running out the side (also hoping the enclosed cabinet will keep the noise under a dull roar lol)

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 01:24 PM

A nice way to organize the compressor stuff David. I have my hose on a reel which works well, but I plan to mount the reel on the wall if I can find a space for it. I don’t like the floor solution either!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-29-2010 04:31 PM

Hose holder on one side and then on the other side put in an extension cord holder. If its out rumbling around the yard you will need an extension anyway. This will allow the extension cord to take the stress instead of your air hose.

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#5 posted 01-29-2010 05:21 PM

I know this is a little late but, if you could incorporate a front cover/door to enclose the compressor it will really cut down on the noise this thing makes.

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#6 posted 01-29-2010 05:35 PM

Thanks for the comments and the additional suggestions. I thought about adding an after market hook on each side for extension cords. They are quite cheap at HF.

I have thought about full enclosure but my concern would be air flow. I suppose I could do vent holes but, in truth, the compressor rarely comes on after the initial startup. I only use the nailers and I don’t have too many I have to fasten at a time. Might be a different story when trim and fencing come into play. I do appreciate the suggestion though, they are high in the decibels.

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#7 posted 01-29-2010 10:04 PM

Nice work!

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#8 posted 01-29-2010 10:10 PM

its look good so far


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#9 posted 01-30-2010 12:51 AM

don’t forget to factor in heat build up

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#10 posted 01-30-2010 02:17 AM

I have been wanting to get a compressor and air nailer. Yours looks cool. Is that model expensive? What model is it? What doo dads does one need? I do love a doo dad.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#11 posted 02-01-2010 07:55 PM

I agree there is nothing worse than having tools, hoses and electrical cords lying the floor full. Great idea, I like the product too.

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#12 posted 02-02-2010 06:30 AM

Good idea well done

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#13 posted 02-02-2010 03:09 PM

Thanks for the kind words, comments, and suggestions everyone. Hopefully I will get it finished today.

Happy Woodworking,


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#14 posted 02-07-2010 05:07 AM


If you don’t mind, I have a question.

I just bought the lumber and hardware to make the same caddy. I like the idea of the large wheels on the back as my shop is above the garage, so I have a flight of steps up to the shop. I want to make the caddy to make it easier to that the air compressor down out of the shop. I figure the back wheels are large enough to take it up an down like you would a with hand truck.

My question is regarding the handle. I am concerned that it might need to be “beefed up” to take the caddy up and down the stairs. Since you have already built it, I wanted to get your thoughts on the handle construction. I was considering either doubling up the braces on each side, or adding a third brace in the middle to give the handle additional support.

Any thoughts that you could share would be appreciated.



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#15 posted 02-07-2010 05:48 PM

Hey Scott,

I am not a pro but I will be more than happy to help in anyway I can. In regards to the handles, I would agree that the handles listed in the plans would not be well suited for dragging up and down the stairs. Their handles are long, more for the fulcrum/lever effect so that less effort is required to tip the handle down and tip the cart back. On stairs though, the length is more a negative. I would make them shorter, closer to the base and support them with medium to large L brackets on each side of both handles. Might be overkill but I think that would help the handles withstand that lifting force you would be putting on them.

Hope this helps. Good luck on your project!


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