Shop-In-A-Box from Wood Magazine

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Here’s my first whack at following a plan. I’ve built a few thrown together workbenches/tables and a bookshelf for my kids before they were born over 10 yrs ago but this is the first thing I’ve built from a plan. I wanted to try it with some scrounged plywood I got for free and make mistakes on it rather than trying a bookshelf or something else nice out of oak or cherry and really screwing things up. Have been a looong time lurker on LJ but this is my first post. Had a ton of fun building this cart and all of the drawers. I opted to use finish nails and glue rather than the woodscrews as specified in the WOOD plans. I also opted not to put the 1/4” back on the cabinet b/c I found it makes it impossible to clamp items to the work surface all the way around the top. My DeWalt miter saw fits perfectly on top and it sure beats using it on my hands and knees on floor of the garage. Only thing left is possibly a 3/8 inch tempered hardboard top and some edge banding and ugh… some sort of finish. The most expensive thing was the casters. They were about $15-17 or so a piece but rated around #250 ea and have urethane tires. The brake locks the wheel from rolling as well as pivoting and there are dolly wheels at each corner so it can be pushed in all directions vs two fixed and two dolly wheels that would steer more like a shopping cart. I showed my better half the WOOD magazine that the project was in and told her to thumb thru the magazine and see if she could pick out what I was trying to build and she correctly ID’d it so now I’m cleared in hot to build a “nice” bookshelf we both picked out of a 2005 or so issue. Thanks for looking!

P.S. The reason the bottom drawer spacing looks off is b/c there are 3/4 in thick runners or skids that go on the bottom of each drawer and I haven’t put them on yet. They’re stacked in the cubbie above the drawers. The drawers come all the way out and can be used as totes with handles on both ends. The runners make them so they sort of interlock when removed and stacked on top of one another. If there’s any interest I’ll try to get better pics. Thanks

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 03:26 AM

I like it! It seems to be a nice use of space – very functional/practical. The good quality casters was a good choice having tried to push those shopping around with one stuck wheel which seem to be more the rule than the exception. When you get those drawers filled with tools and “stuff” it should be pretty heavy and solid with the wheels locked. I liked your discriptive narative too. I believe your cart/cabinet/bench is something that would go good in my liittle shop as well. Thanks for the post and the ideal.

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#2 posted 04-03-2011 03:40 AM

That sure looks nice. You did a great job, and it sure looks useful.
I think I might like to build one just like it for my Compound Miter saw.

Can you let me know what year and month for the Magazine article?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#3 posted 04-03-2011 03:48 AM

Hey nice Job looks like will be a very practical set up. Great first job from a plan.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 04-03-2011 03:48 AM

Nice looking cart! Very smart idea on the drawers to be used as totes, too. A vise would fit nicely on one corner, too…............Thanks for sharing….Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 04-03-2011 04:02 AM

Great addition to your shop and a very good job!

I did the same thing with the swivelling casters on my miter saw stand, and it’s turned out to the most useful thing in the shop.

-- Smitty

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#6 posted 04-03-2011 05:18 AM

Great storage solution. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 04-03-2011 11:16 AM

I like it! Always a benefit to getting smart working with pine and plywoods rather than doing it with a traditional hardwood, though they’ve got their own learning curves too! Funny how, on the surface, those darned casters can cost so much huh? Nothing like a cheap caster to dampen the enthusiasm and feeling of pride over a job well done though, so go as much as you can afford is my motto.


-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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#8 posted 04-03-2011 12:25 PM

Nice build. Anything that adds storage, is portable, and adds functionality to the shop is always a welcome addition. Looks like your cart does all three.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#9 posted 04-03-2011 12:59 PM

Great job. Now can’t wait to see the bookcase..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 04-03-2011 02:00 PM

looks cool, job well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#11 posted 04-09-2011 09:12 PM

If anyone is still checking out this build, it came from the March 2011 issue of Wood Magazine I think. I’m not sure if it’s the right magazine but it was March 2011. Can you believe it?? a woodworker who can’t find a magazine in his shop?

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