My Sander Station with Hardware Storage

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Project by dakotawood posted 901 days ago 3242 views 28 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve wanted to solve both my hardware and my sander problems for awhile now. Recently I’ve stored my sander in a cabinet and then lifted it to the bench when needed. That gets old fast. I also found myself using it less than I think I normally would. I’ve always been annoyed with all my hardware in different areas around the shop. I’ve seen some similar storage solutions on LJ.

Here’s the breakdown:
3/4” plywood case
laminated 3/4” MDF top with maple trim
3” casters (Grizzly)
Sander height is a comfortable elbow height for me (I’m 6’3”)
Stanley hardware boxes are on both sides of cabinet – 12 total of varying sizes
Wanted a place to set the hardware box on when I need to get access = 1 sliding 1/2” MDF shelf that slides thru to either side and is out of sight in the middle when not in use

For now I’ve parked it between my router table (I know, I need to finish it!!) and bandsaw. I can easily roll it out of the way if needed. Right now I’ve probably only filled up half of the hardware compartments – lots of room for future growth. Also have some space on the top behind the sander. Maybe a future disc sander or bench grinder could go there.

Thanks for looking!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 901 days ago

Great tool support and storage underneath. Thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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#2 posted 901 days ago

Nice job. I’m working on something similar so I understand about things getting old. I’m impressed on how clean your shop is.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 901 days ago


Great idea. I have the Ridgid sander as well and it is a great tool. I plan to build a similar cabinet but, will probably install drawers to store sanding from sleeves, sanding belts, etc.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#4 posted 901 days ago

Nice job. Isn’t it great that when we build it ourselves we can accomodate things like our height to make it more comfortable when working. Thanks for sharing

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#5 posted 901 days ago

Great design & excellent execution!!!
I have the same; sander & need!!!

I’m going to steal this! Not the idea, the actual cart/cabinet. Lol. JK.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 901 days ago

That’s a cool sanding station & I love the hardware storage below, can never have too much storage.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 901 days ago

Really like your solution to the hardware storage problem. I may have to do something like it myself.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#8 posted 901 days ago

Well done, great job!! It will be very useful.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 901 days ago

I need to make a stand for the same sander.. Do you mind if I copy ?

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

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#10 posted 900 days ago

Love the pull out cutting/bread board for holding the storage cases. I have several of those cases for my pen turning supplies and am definitely going to have to steal this idea for my OSS as well. Love it. thank you for sharing this.

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#11 posted 900 days ago

Great job and nice storage~! Your shop is a little to clean for me LOL Just jealous is all.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 900 days ago

Great design and two thumbs up for the extra clean shop

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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David Grimes

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#13 posted 900 days ago

Verv nice, indeed. I have that sander AND those divided cases, but not that cool roll around station. Sweet !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#14 posted 900 days ago

Nice project. Really good idea. How do you like the sander? I’m thinking about getting one.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#15 posted 900 days ago

One more thing. Really cool router table too.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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