“Whatever” Tool Cart

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Project by greg48 posted 01-21-2015 12:05 AM 3191 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like many others, Santa dropped off a new tool last Christmas, and like some others, I had no good place to put it in my limited space shop (garage). It was time to build a mobile base tool cart. I started out by designing a fancy splay legged cart to hold my new RIGID oscillating spindle sander using Sketch-Up and took a small tour through the 3-D Warehouse. After doing a search for tool stands, to my surprise I find a complete drawing of the flip top tool stand based upon Wood Magazines design and placed by “Plasfabman”. It had a drawer for tool storage of those pieces which would come loose when flipped, and casters to make it mobile. It was exactly what I needed and with some minor tweaking of the model in the drawer sizing and joinery, and adjusting the height so that I could use my work bench as an offbear behind my thickness planer, I had a complete set of plans.

I priced two sheets of 3/4” ply but was less impressed with Home Dumps pricing than they were and opted for 3/4” flake board underlayment. I sure hope it holds up. Instead of a 3/8” pin for the swivel axis, I bored out for a 1/2” OD steel sleeve to set the 3/8” pin into. The sides and top are double and triple laminated respectively with the carcass glued and screwed into dadoes and the edges faced with 3/4” fir. Being on a “cheap” build, I cobbled up some adjuster knobs using T-nuts and cut out a drawer handle from a short piece of 2×4. The machines are bolted to the table using 5/16” bolts and T-nuts.

I figured to hide my material selection with a fine coat of leftover latex paint. I queried a few loved ones as to the appropriate color from my palette of leftovers. Grand daughter thought pink would be nice, but I thought it might clash with the RIGID orange. Went with a delicate slathering of light grey exterior flat. I asked what my grand daughter what she thought my shop interior design might be called (I was thinking shabby- sheik). She said “whatever”. I never heard of that design style before, but I can go with it.

That’s all I got for now. With that new spindle sander I might give another try on some band saw boxes. Thanks for looking in.

“Gaudete in Domino semper”

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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Dave Rutan

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#1 posted 01-21-2015 12:24 AM

Nice trim lines on that cart. I like the color too!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#2 posted 01-21-2015 03:27 AM

I have been searching for a plan to make a cart just like this one for my Rigid sander and Dewalt planer. I don’t use Sketchup enough to know how to navigate to the plan you reference. Can you tell me how to access that plan? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#3 posted 01-21-2015 06:27 AM

Looks good.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 01-21-2015 02:32 PM

Nice work, exactly what I want to build, but have not found plans. Sketchup model is nice, but can you share dimensions you used for the cart


-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#5 posted 01-21-2015 05:12 PM

A link to those plans would be nice. A cart like that is #2 on my build list after a grinder stand. Great looking stank by the way.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#6 posted 01-21-2015 08:28 PM

I am sorry to break this to you so harshly but there is no Santa sorry he’s a myth.your mum and dad bought you the tools.End of story .I know people will say I am unfair but you’ve gotta find out sooner or later.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 01-21-2015 10:33 PM

I like it Greg!
Should serve you well for many years!

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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#8 posted 01-22-2015 12:41 AM

Nice project Greg. I have always been fond of the flip-top tool stand, but never built one.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 01-22-2015 01:09 AM

I have been searching for a plan to make a cart just like this one for my Rigid sander and Dewalt planer. I don t use Sketchup enough to know how to navigate to the plan you reference. Can you tell me how to access that plan? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

- todd4390

Here you go, Todd…

Swivel-Topped Tool Cabinet


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#10 posted 01-22-2015 01:28 PM

Nice build. I’ve always liked these 2 for 1’s with the flip top

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

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#11 posted 10-29-2015 03:29 PM

Greg, That’s a very good looking flip table! It’s got nice clean lines! I used all scraps making my flip table and even if I painted it I don’t think it would look as good as yours!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 10-29-2015 03:57 PM

It looks like a great shop cart. With the flip top it will give your shop flexibility and organization.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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