Turner's Cart

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Project by SPHinTampa posted 10-26-2011 12:16 AM 3044 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As you can see from my shop picture (see shot #4), I am cramped into one bay of a three car garage. Since I keep purchasing tools, I have resorted to rolling carts that I can pull in and out of the second car port.

This project is my turning tools cart. I have a Rikon midi lathe, a slow speed 8” grinder and can-am router lathe on a single, 72” x 24” cart. I also mounted the Wolverine sharpening system with the grinder … these things make sharpening almost idiot proof. Since these tools don’t get used as often as some of my other toys, I can easily roll this into a corner until they are needed. To make the cabinet portable, I used double tire locking swivel casters, good for 220 lbs each. I was a little worried that the cart would not be stable enough for the lathe and I would get chatter but it works fine for spindle work. If I ever graduate to bowl turning and I need more weight, I will use cement bags in the two side compartments.

This was constructed from left over 3/4” big box apple ply (hate the stuff) using pocket screws and biscuits for joinery. I used a 1/4” sheet of peg board for back of the cabinet. The tool holder under the lathe was added after the first use. This a a very convenient feature that I should have installed from the beginning.


-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#1 posted 10-26-2011 12:29 AM

Good idea. I have made similar carts for all groups of my tools. You can quickly set the shop up to what you are working on.
Good job.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 02:28 AM

My shop is the same as yours. I finally got everything on wheels, but I still take up 1 1/2 stalls. lol
Nice looking cart.

-- Chuck

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 11-08-2011 06:09 PM

Nice set up with the grinder right next to the lathe!! Thanks for sharing!!...........Jim

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

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#4 posted 11-10-2011 03:32 PM

I work as you do but only out of a 2 car garage. Everything is on wheels. Good looking cart. Made mine from pocket joinery also. Like your lathe set up.

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#5 posted 11-10-2011 03:34 PM

It looks like a good addition to your shop and will make you more efficient.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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