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Project by ten4cmor posted 01-07-2015 07:50 PM 3271 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During my recent vacation, I decided it was time to do some organizing in the garage. I think we all understand that when our shop is not organized, it becomes unsafe and not as fun to work in. So I had originally wanted to build some flip top carts but then decided I would make single purpose carts and do them out of 2X4’s instead of plywood(to save a little money). I made three carts: one for the kreg jigs, one for my brand new Steel City Planer (review to come soon), and one for the sanders (OSS and stationary belt sander). These were made with pocket screws and glue for the joints and some scrap plywood for the tops and shelves.

The sander cart was built with a lower work surface as I am a short guy and wanted to make use of the OSS more ergonomic (previously sat on workbench and found my back and neck aching after long use because I was reaching up to use). Now the OSS worksurface is just below the height to keep my arms in a neutral position good for pain free tool use.

The Kreg Jig cart has the new Kreg K5 and jib on one side and the K4 on the other side. Good to have the two to reduce the time needed to change bit setup and jig adjustments.

The Planer cart I added some storage underneath the planer wings for additional tools, blades etc. and and “pass through” shelf later I plan to add on wings to extend the planer table surface.

The remaining carts will have a shelf added underneath for storage. However since the addition of the carts, it has cleaned up the garage and helped to add worktable space by subtracting the need for these tools to sit on workbenches etc.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 08:41 PM

Very practical – like the added storage under the planner.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 10:27 PM

Nicely done ten4cmor.

I have built a few stands myself, using the 2×4’s and inspiration for Steve Ramsey’s Woodworking for Mere Mortals. Yours look much nicer than what I built. You have some good looking and well build stands there.

Dwain

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#3 posted 01-07-2015 11:06 PM

Nice looking carts, I bought some 2×3’s(bc they were cheaper) from lowes to make some carts for my tools that dont have a designated spot. Really sucks making stuff and having to move stuff around and have everything cluttered, plan on redoing my organizing in there in the spring when it’s not freezing cold in there.

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#4 posted 01-08-2015 01:24 AM

I love the tables you built and I can see how they will be really handy in the shop. I wanted to show you the cart I finished just a little while ago to hold my bench planer (I hope I’m not being rude). I was thinking about buying a DeWalt cart, but I then I thought that was pretty dumb – to buy woodworking equipment and then not even build a table for the equipment to sit on. Besides money was an issue as well. So I built this table – I’m sure it’s not as straight and true as what you built but it is the first thing I ever built (besides lots of fencing) and I was pleased. I did manage to get the height just right so I can outfeed onto my work bench. I also used 2×4’s, screws and glue, mixed with 1×6’s. Now, I just need to be brave enough to turn on these power tools and get some things done!

I am only showing this because I live in the middle of nowhere and I don’t get the opportunity to brag to anybody, ever. Thanks for listening.

CTW

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ten4cmor

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#5 posted 01-08-2015 02:58 AM

Dwain- thank you for the kind words. I have seen some of Steve Ramsey’s carts some time back, that is probably where I thought using 2×4’s was what I wanted to try versus using plywood. God bless and happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 01-08-2015 03:08 AM

Ron- thank you for the feedback. The carts have been handy thus far.

CTW- Good work on your cart! Looks like a very sturdy home for the dewalt planer( a very nice planer I might add) sounds like good engineering to get it to match the height of your workbench. Anything we can do to leverage current workspace to make our jobs easier is a must. I appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing more of your projects. You have joined the right group to brag. I have received nothing but encouragement from the few posts I have made on this site. It definitely keeps you motivated to keep experimenting and learning. You should post as many projects as you can and you will be amazed by the feedback, tips and even healthy “try this instead” tips that only advance your skills. I still have a ton to learn and consider myself a novice but appreciate the wisdom and experience contained in the members of this site. Thanks for commenting and “bragging” it’s good to see people excited about their projects!

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#7 posted 01-08-2015 03:17 AM

Thank you for your kind words ten4cmore. I am finding a great deal of pleasure in woodworking and everything is a challenge. But I am determined to learn (at least something).

CTW

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#8 posted 01-08-2015 03:46 AM

Nice looking tool carts! Very economical too!

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ten4cmor

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#9 posted 01-08-2015 01:50 PM

Thank you Slynn

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#10 posted 01-08-2015 07:20 PM

Nicely done sir. Im sure you will get lots of use from them

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#11 posted 01-08-2015 07:32 PM

Thanks Hoss. Looking forward to using them things like crazy. I like your workshop name!

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#12 posted 01-25-2015 01:51 AM

Nice work ten4cmor. Since you have the K4 and K5 Kregs, I’d like to know if you have a preference? I’ll get one on in the next day or so and cannot decide. Is there much advantage to having the clamp handle on the side that you drill from on the K5? Seems like it would be nice on taller stock.

-- Bob "jack of all trades, master of none"

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#13 posted 01-27-2015 07:54 PM

HI Bob, Sorry for the delay. I prefer the K5 for a few reasons. 1) the lever for the clamp is located in the front of the jig instead the rear. There were many times that I was drilling holes in a wide board and it was challenging to reach around the piece to engage or disengage the clamp. 2) the mechanism to adjust the clamping pressure is much simpler and quicker on the K5 than the K4. 3) The vacuum attachment swivels allowing you to set where you want to place your dust collection hose. Many times with the K4 i would get frustrated because on certain jobs I did not want the hose on the left etc. 4) The storage “wings” act as supports for longer pieces, this I feel was the best enhancement to the jig. They are removable if needed; I have mine screwed down with the jig as I dont foresee the need to remove them.

I think you cant go wrong purchasing the K5, they made improvements to the K4 that I think many of us were hoping they would change. However regardless of the jig you purchase, it is a time saver when wanting a quick strong joint in all types of projects. 75% of the projects I have done thus far (granted I have not been at this all too long and looking to start working with dado’s and other types of joinery soon) have been jointed with the kreg jig, it really is fun and enjoyable to use.

Chris

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