Service Cart for the dude who's feeling a little older.

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 02-16-2015 12:30 AM 1534 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I am super tired today. It must have been the wrestling match with the garage door. I went three rounds with the daw-gone thing and finally got it working and properly reinforced. Now I just need to replace the springs. Yeah – that one I’ll pay cash for.

I looked around I saw all the tool bags and small bench-top power tools scattered around. Why?

It goes like this, I’m so danged tired by the time I call it a day that I just start grabbing stuff and toss it where-ever. That’s got to end. On top of that, I work and start putting tools on the ground around my work area. The next thing you know, a tool is in my way so I shove it out of the way with my foot or I don’t see it and I step on it.

The tool belt can only hold so much. I start slowing down because I have to move stuff around. Then I have to find it after I move it. Sometimes it take a few minutes to ‘re-locate’. That’s all time and energy.

I had 2 2X4’s and some re-claimed painted plywood. I made trays out of the plywood then attached them to the 2X4’s. I made a center tray that isn’t quite as with wide as the top and bottom trays. I figure I can still put a few tall things on the bottom tray and benefit from more surface area to place small tools, and clamps.

So I did saw I was tired right? I was close to the end when I looked at the shelf trays.

Yeah!. Isn’t that cool? I can turn the cart upside down or right side up and still have a tray. ;) 10 minutes later, the trays were all facing up.

The second picture displays a scrap of an old closet rod and the off cuts from the 2X4’s. The Rod was a little too long. I don’t have a drill press to make precise depth cuts so I found a little trick. I bored out the holes in the 2X4 scraps with a drill and a 5/4 bit. I tapped the rod snugly into place then measured the entire length. It was 4 inches too long. I worked off the scrap 2X off one side then marked the rod at 4 inches. I left the other scrap on and went to the table saw sled. I secured the off cut side and let the other end with scrap 2X hang off the end of the sled. One quick crosscut later and I had a perfect measurement. I tapped the scrap back on and installed the handle.

One thing about cutting a dowel on your table saw sled. It’s round. Really – I just noticed that. When you cut it, the offcut is going to roll around. It may roll right into the spinning blade and become a missile. Yeah, the first time I did that I got lucky. I don’t believe I will be lucky forever, I secure the off cut side before cutting.

The third picture shows the narrower shelf. I had enough room to place my bench-top joiner on it.

The final picture is just a quick snapshot of the casters. Why? Who cares? Those little dollies at HF have decent casters. You get them on sale for 8 bucks. I keep a couple around to help me move heavy stuff. When I need some casters, I grab one and strip off the casters. Later on, I’ll swing by HF and grab another.

The pocket book damage was 2 2X4’s, an 8$ dolly and about a buck worth of hardware. It may not be pretty but it moves easily and it’s sturdy. It already saved me time on the clean-up. It will save me more time and frustration on the next round.

Thanks for looking!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 02-16-2015 06:08 AM

A utility cart is just a utility cart.
You could put lipstick on it, but it would still be just a utility cart.

Sturdy and handy are good traits for a utility cart,, ...not so much.

Keep your powder dry and your tools off the floor.
Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Jim Rowe

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#2 posted 02-16-2015 08:48 AM

A neat solution to a perennial problem we all have.
Now you need to add a clip board so you can make a note of what is in the cart LOL!


-- It always looks better when it's finished!

View MarkTheFiddler's profile


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#3 posted 02-16-2015 01:39 PM

Making note to self. Add clipboard and lipstick to cart. I appreciate the feedback Len and Jim.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 04:49 PM

These quick fix projects end up being the ones we use the most and last the longest. Nice porject!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 02-17-2015 10:06 PM

Nice project and one that will no doubt see plenty of use.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Todd Swartwood

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#6 posted 02-18-2015 05:39 PM

Hey Mark,
Haven’t seen much of you lately. I have the same problem, I use a hydraulic scissor cart. The problem with that is I often have wooden parts that may or may-not be complete on it. I think I need a utility cart as well.
Thanks for the idea.
Have a blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#7 posted 02-21-2015 12:32 AM

Howdy Gentlemen. I apologize for being absent so much. I need to feed myself with your amazing builds. I learn so much from you all and get major inspiration from everything you all do.

I appreciate the comments. That cart is really helping with the annual garage reorg. ;) I open a tool box drawer and throw everything on the cart that doesn’t belong. It’s a simple matter to put the stuff in the right place after I can see it. I thought the carts foot print would be too big but it’s never in the way.

Todd, I think you’ll like having one.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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