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Project by Fridgecritter posted 12-27-2012 09:37 PM 8169 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cart I made because I ran out of room in my garage, and I had some extra wood left over from making my plywood rocking bench. I have purchased two IKEA metal sliding drawers to hold all of my little things for now.

The power strip in the middle has a cord that goes underneath and plugs into one slot, keeping all my cords tidy. I will be adding my vacuum/separator unit to one of the underhangs on this cart. It should fit nicely, and allow me to detach it easily enough. The vacuum hose will go down the center of the unit. The grey rectangular box mounted underneath the cart is an old under the counter kitchen radio I picked up for 50 cents at a yard sale.

If you look closely, everything has clearance for the other tools. The router table and sander table are equal height, and the band saw deck clears the top of the scroll saw. There is also a piece of 2X4 (which my son has drawn a nice square on with a marker) that keeps lumber level with the miter saw.

I decided to start a separate project post for the vacuum unit since it’s going to be a home-built, very interesting and fun build from an old household upright. Check my blog posts for the updates on that project.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 09:39 PM

That has every thing but the kitchen sink,good job.

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Fridgecritter

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#2 posted 12-27-2012 09:45 PM

Thanks Jim. It was a fun quick build.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 12-27-2012 10:24 PM

When space is at a premium project like this make all the difference in the world. Nice solution.

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

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Holbs

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 10:38 PM

i LOVE small footprint ideas for small garage space.
how do you like the rigid sander?

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Fridgecritter

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#5 posted 12-27-2012 10:40 PM

Love the Rigid sander. It oscillates up and down so you don’t get grooves in the wood, and most of the sandpaper face is used. The belt assembly comes out really easily, and you can put a drum on it. I am completely happy with it.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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72hw

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#6 posted 12-27-2012 11:01 PM

I just finished a saw station the other day, will post this evening, but had yet to come up with a knuckle friendly cord management system until I saw yours…

I shall steal this and make it my own!!

I am in a one car garage so I love stuff like this cart, and your comments on the sander are really giving me something to think about.

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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fuigb

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#7 posted 12-27-2012 11:44 PM

Glad to see that I’m not the only one strapped for space and tied to rolling carts. I really like being able to roll the works out into the driveway for the messy jobs, enjoying the sunlight, etc. The only downside is that the curious neighbors always seem to want to stop and see what I’m working on.

In my case I adapted a plan for a rolling table from Wood Smith. Rock solid, and really as much a piece of rolling furniture as it is a work station.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#8 posted 12-28-2012 12:14 AM

Nice. I can relate as my “shop” is my garage and/or driveway.

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#9 posted 12-28-2012 01:17 AM

Great use of space ! Thumbs up on the Ridgid sander as well : )

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#10 posted 12-28-2012 02:30 AM

that thing will do just about everything

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#11 posted 12-28-2012 02:45 AM

Thats great!
Reminds me of the “Electric Carpenter” a vintage tool that had it all in one assembly.
Kind of like a shopsmith but cooler.
I see a nice spot for a small lathe…if you adjust the mitre box to a slight angle it would all work well together.
Well done!

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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Fridgecritter

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#12 posted 12-28-2012 02:48 AM

I have a big green lathe with a duplicator. That’s why there’s not a small lathe on there… That, and I have to keep that space open for lumber sitting there when using the miter saw.

Thanks for all the complimentary comments.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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#13 posted 12-28-2012 03:05 AM

i really like how you made everything the same height! i’ve been wanting to do that with my floor model tools but never thought about doing it with bench tools too. thanks for the ideas!

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Fridgecritter

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#14 posted 12-28-2012 03:10 AM

No problem Shelly. I just started on this website, and I really like the ideas and feedback already. I’m glad I could inspire some ideas too.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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#15 posted 12-28-2012 05:59 PM

useful

-- Joel

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