|Project by ic3ss||posted 07-22-2015 10:20 PM||9746 views||18 times favorited||16 comments|
This was a project on my to-do list for quite a long time, a tool cart that will hold the “portable” power tools (enter sarcasm here). The planer weighs almost 80lbs, the spindle sander an easy 50, and the other two are just a hassle to deal with.
I found the idea about a year ago on the web, and really liked what other folks have been doing with the design. I tend to keep my shop furniture pretty basic, as long as it meets my needs. I had planned on making a couple of drawers to go in under the spindle sander but as yet I don’t have a pressing need for them. I’ll get to it later.
Had I to do it over again, I would probably make the walls double thick for it to resist bowing better. The longest wall has a bow in it from when I put it together and with the weight on it, it will flex a bit if pushed too hard. Below the floor I glued and screwed a 3” wide triple thick perimeter and that’s what the walls are screwed to. It’s secure, it’s just too thin I think.
Picked up some casters at Harbor Fright for pretty cheap. This was one of the few times I admit HF had a good deal. These casters are by no means bullet proof, but they bear the weight well and run smooth. I’d buy them again. I’ve been using the cart for a couple of months now, I needed it right after I finished my workbench as I was having to keep these tools on the floor or on the table saw. I’m telling you, that planer is a real SOB to pick up off the floor. It’s really nice not having to move these around any more, and having them always available.
I made my cart a bit larger than many I’ve seen so it takes up a bit more floor space. I can’t recommend the basic design of a flip-top cart strongly enough, Its really made a difference in keeping my shop organized.
Have a great day.
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