Rolling Shop Cart/Air Compressor Cage

  • Advertise with us
Project by billculpepper posted 10-22-2011 12:52 AM 9770 views 23 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks go out to fellow LJ “lockwatcher” for his post on a simple and fun to make rolling shop cart frame. I thought I’d post mine that was fitted to house my air compressor.

The compressor would startle me in my basement shop every time it kicked on, so the noise reduction provided by encasing this cart is almost as valuable as it’s new found mobility.

1. Easy pull-off door (magnets—> screw head). Easy access as compressor is large and I can pull it out quickly if need be. I was concerned about possible overheating during heavy use. So far so good.

2. Designed with “under the table top” shelf is perfect to slide tools to keep top free of clutter. You’ll typically find my brad nailer and air wrench under there…

3. Hose holder made from scrap.

4. Have an old recycled computer desk-top that lays on top of cart and is held in place by a few cleats so I can roll it in place as a long outfeed table. (sorry, no pic of top)

5. Used all big box 2×12 to rip the lumber from. Greatest expense were the locking casters. Got a good deal from an on-line site (think it was called “highland woodworking”).

6. Top is hardboard “insert” that can be replaced when worn.

Thanks again to lockwatcher. I’m sure I’ll be making more of these.

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

6 comments so far

View dbhost's profile


5723 posts in 3255 days

#1 posted 10-22-2011 01:02 AM

Looks nice. I do have to ask. I don’t see any ports for the thing to breathe. How do you allow for intake and cooling air?

-- Please like and subscribe to my YouTube Channel

View Dusty56's profile


11819 posts in 3711 days

#2 posted 10-22-2011 01:18 AM

Is there a water drain access hole in the bottom ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View nobuckle's profile


1120 posts in 2784 days

#3 posted 10-22-2011 04:46 PM

Brother, I can relate. I hate it when it’s the dead of night and my compressor kicks on. It scares the crap out of me. I’ve thought about building one of these in times past but I’m concerned about heat build up inside the cabinet. Have you found that to be a problem at all?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

View billculpepper's profile


66 posts in 2987 days

#4 posted 10-22-2011 09:29 PM

I was concerned about heat when I built it and have been “keeping my eye on it”. I don’t leave my compressor plugged in all the time and therefore “take off the door” to turn it on and put the door back in place after the initial fill up. There are only holes where the power cord and air hose come out, so it is not “air tight” but not exactly free-venting, either. I imagine if I start using an air grinder or sander where the tank has to constantly refill I will need additional ventilation (just a forstner bit away!) and potentially additional consideration for water drain (but that has not been an issue with my use…which is primarily pin/brad nailer for drawers and such and the occasional air wrench). Thanks for the suggestions.

@nobuckle, LOL, yes, in the dead of night when it kicks on it made me jump. I could just picture myself dropping a hand-held router or something as a result.

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

View Pdl's profile


89 posts in 2810 days

#5 posted 10-24-2011 04:56 PM

i like it, I am making one like this now. Thanks for sharing.


View Lockwatcher's profile


89 posts in 2715 days

#6 posted 04-12-2013 07:43 PM

Hey that’s cool…never thought of using my Shop Table like that…

Here is where you can find my Easy Shop Table series…

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics