Air Compressor Cart from scrap wood

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Project by Pete Santos posted 02-01-2008 07:02 AM 48133 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had seen a couple air compressor carts and wanted to make my own. I had two main considerations. Make it simple and make it out of scrapwood. Simple because it is supposed to make things easier, not harder. So no fancy joinery or embellishments. I had some old growth clear fir that had a previous life as slats of a bed trundle.

The wheels are 8 inch solid rubber from Harbor Freight for $2.99 each and the hose hook was $0.99.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#1 posted 02-01-2008 08:35 AM

Very functional looking cart – well done, should make life easier.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 02-01-2008 09:01 AM

Hey, like the looks of it. Looks like something I should build. Space is at enough of a premium, though that I think I’d like to try to store the cable inside the outside perimeter of the frame. My compressor sometimes wants to start walking the floor from the vibration, so could drill some slight recesses for the feet, or just put some strips of wood down as a frame on the shelf… sort of speed bumps, if you will.

Great going!

-- GregS, Snohomish, WA ~ Some of life's greatest lessons I learned at my mother's knee; the rest I learned at other joints.

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#3 posted 02-01-2008 09:48 AM

You are good at recycling Cham. Great project.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 02-01-2008 11:47 AM

Good cart. Scrapwood is perfect. When you have enough of it.

-- Jiri

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#5 posted 02-01-2008 01:31 PM

This is a nice storage area for your compressor. Mine generally sits on the shop floor and invariably is in the way no matter where I move it. I may have to build one of these as well. One suggestion I would make is to put a handle for leverage on the cart. It will make moving it a little easier.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-01-2008 01:45 PM

looks very handy .

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#7 posted 02-01-2008 02:47 PM

way cool cart. good project posting.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 02-01-2008 02:48 PM

Nice job, how come you didn’t close the bottom in to reduce some noise? My dang compressor has a tendency to scare the crap out of me some days. It is pretty funny.. sitting in the shop working on whatever, nice and quite… and then BANG! chug-a-chug-a-chug… It is very funny to watch I am sure :) I tend to leave it shut off these days.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#9 posted 02-01-2008 03:48 PM

Nice job. Looks a lot better than the one I made. I made the mistake of using casters and making it out of MDF. Rolling it around my shop isn’t a problem but the minute I need to take it upstairs, I realized the major flaw with my design.

-- Brian (Woodworking n00b)

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#10 posted 02-01-2008 04:40 PM

Excellent idea and design!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 02-01-2008 05:01 PM

Nice clean design and finished product reflects it.

Like the idea of tools box on top for your air tools.


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#12 posted 02-01-2008 05:14 PM

Thanks All. Not really my design, I had seen one very similar on LJ.

Handles: It’s not in the pictures but I did add handles later. If you look at the other project I posted you can see the handles on the cart in the background.

Enclosure: I didn’t enclose it for lack of materials and to have access to the purge.

Hose Placement: Lastly, I wanted to keep the footprint as small as possible so I ended up placing the hose on the outside.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#13 posted 02-01-2008 07:56 PM

this is great…I have (i think) the exact same porter cable nail set and compressor…your cart looks great and I love that you used scrap lumber…i am putting this in my favorites for a “down the road” shop project…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 02-01-2008 08:19 PM

Nice job on the cart. I would say when you get some more scrap wood, make a top to cover the tools. Then you can also use it as a small table for assembly, gluing, finishing, whatever, and it will keep the dust off your tools.

Nice work.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 02-02-2008 12:28 AM

Bill, I had thought of putting a top cover to protect the tools from dust but decided against it. However, now that you point out the fact that it can be used as an assembly area, I think I’m goint to go ahead and do it. I have one more square piece of plywood and it will become the top cover!

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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