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Project by Thumper2004 posted 08-15-2017 09:49 PM 764 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Small Shop Cart Instructions

Materials
This can be made out of many different styles and types of wood. I used 3/4 “ ply.
4 – 18 1/2” x 4” x 3/4”
4 – 17” x 4” x 3/4”
4 – 29” x 3 3/4” x 3/4”
4 – 29” x 3” x 3/4”
2 – 20” x 4” x 3/4”
1 – 20” x 20” x 3/4”
1 – 18 1/2” x 18 1/2” x 3/4”
4 – 2” – 3” Castors

Tools and Hardware
These can vary as well depending on what you have available.

Saw – Miter (Circular Saw), Table saw
Drill and/or Impact Driver
Clamps – Corner and bar
Pocket hole Jig (Kregg Mini is what I have)
Pocket Hole Screws – Coarse Thread
Construction Screws 1 1/4”

Assemble the top and bottom frames by using two 18 1/2” and two 17” boards attaching them with pocket holes and wood glue. I used corner clamps to ensure the frames were square.

Assemble the Legs together out of the 29” boards. The 3” wide board is secured to the 3 3/4” wide board using pocket holes and wood glue.

Attach the legs to the frames at each end. Secure using glue and construction screws.
Attach the 20” x 4” castor boards to bottom of the frame

Attach the 20” x 20” Top work surface to the top of the frame.

Attach the 18 1/2” x 18 1/2” shelf to the bottom frame.

Attach Castors to bottom boards.

Now you can place whatever tools needed on the cart and use as desired. Add a power strip to the side for easy use.

-- Brent - Garage Time





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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 08-16-2017 12:44 AM

Great to see more and more woodworkers appreciating the benefits of Sketchup.

Personally, I prefer to sit and design with Sketchup at night rather than watch that idiot box for hours (40 minutes of commercials per hour of viewing… for us with free-to-air).

It has saved my bacon countless times, especially when it comes to the “hidden” measurements in mortice & tenon and dovetail joins.

Only thing I would suggest though is a drawer… After all one can’t have enough drawers… I have one even in my trackie-dacks.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Thumper2004

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#2 posted 08-16-2017 01:17 AM

Well it’s a fairly small cart and the legs leave me only 14” to work with. Not sure how to make a drawer work. The only $$ I have in this is the screws and glue. All the lumber comes from a local cabinet shop dumpster.


Great to see more and more woodworkers appreciating the benefits of Sketchup.

Personally, I prefer to sit and design with Sketchup at night rather than watch that idiot box for hours (40 minutes of commercials per hour of viewing… for us with free-to-air).

It has saved my bacon countless times, especially when it comes to the “hidden” measurements in mortice & tenon and dovetail joins.

Only thing I would suggest though is a drawer… After all one can t have enough drawers… I have one even in my trackie-dacks.

- LittleBlackDuck


-- Brent - Garage Time

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#3 posted 08-16-2017 02:40 AM


Well it s a fairly small cart and the legs leave me only 14” to work with….

- Thumper2004


It was only a suggestion… if not underneath, on it’s side…
Just something to keep the beer can away from the blade…

Just kidding… In reality you’d probably add something during (or after) the actual build… even if to only hold a pencil and tape measure, however, seeing as how you went to the trouble of including the caster in the drawing… why not go full hog?


..... only $$ I have in this is the screws and glue. All the lumber comes from a local cabinet shop dumpster.

You forgot the casters, petrol to the dumpster (unless it’s next door)! Please don’t take this as criticism, but rather the views of an old bloke that is sitting at his computer with time to spare due to tools down hours and crap on TV (and no Sketchup projects till my next set of T & J plans arrive in a couple of days).

In all honesty it bemuses me when people try to cut costs. I have found that penny wise pound foolish was written by someone that watched me closely in the past. I am now older and wiser… well at least older.

I don’t have access to “a local cabinet shop dumpster”. Many bloggers have touted “made from scraps”. I went to my local timber merchant and he didn’t sell “scraps”. So I am guessing that the “scraps” used had a cost to them originally. In my opinion, if one builds a project to sell and the customer pays for it all, any leftover (with permission to keep for free) can be considered “scrap”, however, if bought for one’s self, it is a costed component. I’m a retired hobbyist with no commercial (only what I’m fed on TV) involvement whatsoever so I get nothing for free.

PS. If more woodworkers used Sketchup to design their project and then use cut lists to purchase the lumber.. their “scraps” box would be restricted to pieces that could only be used for clamping pads.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 08-16-2017 06:36 PM

Added More pics

-- Brent - Garage Time

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#5 posted 09-18-2017 01:29 PM

So I added a full top to the cart, a magnetic strip across the front, and a switch with outlets on the side – Not shown in pics.

-- Brent - Garage Time

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