Tool Cart/Trash can

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Project by woody57 posted 555 days ago 1973 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One day I was working in the shop wishing I had a tool cart. I thought about making one. Then i thought hey I’ve got this trash can on wheels I’ll just throw a piece of plywood on top and use that as a tool cart. Of course it’s a real problem if you need to throw some trash in the can. After removing the board several times I figured there has to be a better. This is what I came up with. A raised platform that sits on top of the can. I can put trash in the can without removing anything and I can use the top for a tool cart. So far it is working out great.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Jorge G.

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#1 posted 555 days ago

Just be careful you don’t get pissed off with the tool at hand…. neat idea though… :-)

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#2 posted 555 days ago

great idea,multi-purpose!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 555 days ago

Great practical idea.

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#4 posted 555 days ago

Good idea…I have the same garbage can on wheels and always put a board on top of it to use for spraying the boxes I make…works like a lazy susan so I do not have to walk around to spray but I do find myself lifting up the board to pitch stuff in the can. I lke your idea for rolling around tools also…just as long as it does not get top heavy.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#5 posted 555 days ago

With my dexterity and agility, my work would be on the floor in no time! :-(

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 555 days ago

Very creative.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 555 days ago

Pretty crafty, I might make one.

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#8 posted 554 days ago

Way to take a simple idea and create an awesome portable bench. My shop floor isnt level enough for anything on wheels, but I love this design. Very nice work. Also thinking, if it became top heave just throw a bag of sand under your bag in the can.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#9 posted 554 days ago

Excellent idea! Well done!


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#10 posted 554 days ago

Consider my forehead slapped! (As in “why didn’t I think of that?”) Now I can bring my favorite trash can back into the shop from exile, as well as converting my others to this configuration to save real estate in the shop. An added benefit that I see is that it should prevent accidental trashing. Thanks!!

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#11 posted 554 days ago

Boy, now That’s thinking! Great idea.


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#12 posted 554 days ago

That’s funny because I am always stacking workpieces on the rolling garbage can.
It kind of interferes with those three point shots from across the shop with scraps.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#13 posted 554 days ago

Some very handy shop idea’s being posted today and here’s another.

-- Doug...

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#14 posted 554 days ago

I tried turning the garbage can lid upside down to use as a tool cart which did not sit stable. Of course, I dumped the tools into the can when the lid slipped. I like your idea!

-- Max - Birmingham, AL

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