|Project by MarkTheFiddler||posted 02-16-2015 12:30 AM||1630 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
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!