|Project by greg48||posted 01-21-2015 12:05 AM||2730 views||13 times favorited||12 comments|
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"