Handtool Cart

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Project by Chelios posted 04-16-2012 03:01 AM 5374 views 13 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a long time since I posted anything. In the past 6 months we moved so I have been working on setting up my shop again. In the new place I don’t have as many work tops as before so my workbench has been littered with my tools and boards and chips. I decided to make this because I was working on some mortises and my saws hit the floor. I was so upset with my self so I made this cart to keep my tools handy and my bench clear. Works great and it is very solid. It is made of a bunch of odd pieces I had no use for. Beautiful wood nonetheless. It has cherry and maple, mortise and tenon, the biggest hand dovetails I have cut. I don’t intend to keep it inside but the moisture has shot up here lately and I don’t want to get rust so for the next week it is in my living room.

For the chisels I used an old cutoff with a huge knot hole. After I finished the chisel rack, it reminded me of a greek building because of the dowel construction resembles columns.

I used the retractable casters on it and they work really nice.

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 03:12 AM

cool cart. And a nice selection of tools.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 06:49 AM

OMG what a handfull of tools.
Will love to see some pictures of the cart, it seems like a effective way to store the tools.
Nice to seeyou back.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 02:13 PM

Wow this resembles the LN Showroom, nice “Bank of Tools”

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 02:17 PM

nice work man!! that is a beautiful cart.

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#5 posted 04-16-2012 02:53 PM

Wow – beautiful! Your pictures look like they could be on a magazine cover!!!

-- Jason K

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#6 posted 04-16-2012 04:05 PM

Wonderful cart and an enviable set of tools. Nice workmanship.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 04-16-2012 04:10 PM

I stared at this with my jaw dropped for about 10 minutes this morning. I could not come up with an inteligent comment then nor can I now…I keep scrolling up and drooling over the tools you have and the way you have placed them.

Great work.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 04-16-2012 04:33 PM

Very nice selection

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#9 posted 04-16-2012 04:36 PM

^ what Ryan said

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#10 posted 04-16-2012 05:47 PM

Very nice, job well done.

-- I never finish anyth

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#11 posted 04-16-2012 10:12 PM

I’ll let that collection hang out on display in my living room any time!

‘nother note: It must be the photographic effect, but that seems to be a small wheel base. Be careful about top-heavy tipping.

-- Jay in Changsha

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#12 posted 04-16-2012 10:40 PM

Well, I have to say this is gorgeous. Great pics and thanks for making me jealous at your amazing tool collection!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#13 posted 04-16-2012 11:13 PM


-- It is what it is...

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#14 posted 04-16-2012 11:38 PM

I have been pondering a chisel holder/stand in my wee brain for sometime. The one aspect of the design the had eluded me was the interface of the tapered socket in the bracket. I wanted a slot that would allow easy removal but stable and PLUMB storage. Call me anal but when I see chisel storage and the handles are leaning this way and that it disagrees with me.

I am intrigued by your double barrel drill holes that allow easy egress but sized matched holding. I must ask are the holes tapered to match the tool?

I don’t know if that was your idea but whomever’s it was….that is clever.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#15 posted 04-17-2012 12:37 AM

very nice set of tools I love the cart idea as in my shop wall space is a premium

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