|Project by mnguy||posted 07-27-2012 02:10 PM||2620 views||14 times favorited||7 comments|
I have a small, weirdly L-shaped basement shop, and I try to keep things mobile, since I have about 2 paths to feed boards through machinery, and one is taken up by the table saw / router table. I didn’t have any original ideas for this cart; lots of Lumberjocks have built similar carts, and the magazines have had similar designs, too. I guess my only ‘innovation’ was putting a tool on both sides.
I wanted something sturdy, and since I wanted a tool on both sides, I couldn’t put a back on the cart. So, I made the sides from two layers of 3/4” plywood, and added the largest gussets I could on the bottom of the opening. The top is two layers of 3/4” MDF, with maple edging with a bronze bushing to ride on the pivot shaft. Using bushings and washers allowed me to stiffen up the top opening a bit by putting some tension on the threaded shaft while still being able to pivot the top. The drawer keeps all the sander bits and pieces in one spot. I am very happy with the results.
On a side note, the Ridgid sander and planer have both been great.