Air compressor / Tool Cart

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 02-04-2009 04:13 AM 28975 views 21 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My inspiration for this project came from Wood magazine’s “Bench-Tool System” although my end result will be a horizontal storage system.

Instead of a mobile tool cart I opted for the air compressor cart, it’s made from pine shipping crates that I “harvested” from work. It rides on locking swivel casters so I can move it to the job. The compressor is totally enclosed making it much more quiet in the shop. The top is covered with laminate so it’s not a problem if it gets a little wet I do some sharpening.

The removable top is going to be one of several that will have bench top tools mounted to them like this grinder. My plans are to make a long infeed and outfeed table for my planer which will also house the additional tops with other bench top tools.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#1 posted 02-04-2009 04:22 AM

Neatly built tool cart. Great job, Tim.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 02-04-2009 05:00 AM

Nice tool cart.

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#3 posted 02-04-2009 05:48 AM

Nice … and a Tormek.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#4 posted 02-04-2009 06:08 AM

Nicely done and very functional. I had the magazine open to those same plans. I was looking to re-size the cart to roll under my work surface. My sawdust room is only 7 foot wide… uh, I really need to design efficiency in use of space.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 02-04-2009 02:45 PM

Great project at a great price. Nothing beats free materials!!! Very strange that you posted the exact same picture from Wood Magazine on the same day I did. I have also built this same tool stand, but I have a Tool Dock brand storage unit I purchased about 5 years ago. The one in Wood is almost exactly the same, but made of wood rather than metal.

-- Scott in Texas

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#6 posted 02-04-2009 11:17 PM

I like the cart, and I may build one like it for my pancake compressor. Did you include any air vents? I’d be concerned about the unit straining for air while filling up.

-- Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur

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#7 posted 02-04-2009 11:22 PM

Very neat and looks like a nice piece of furniture I like it.Alistair

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

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#8 posted 02-05-2009 03:09 AM

Thanks for the encouragement. hersh-I drilled holes for the air hose, power cord and drain tube so I don’t think venting will be a problem. I could always add additional holes in the bottom if needed.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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