Rolling Tool Caddy

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 03-22-2007 04:01 PM 11097 views 26 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was cleaning up the gara… er.. shop Sunday afternoon and I kept looking at a few nice pieces of spalted sycamore I’d picked up pretty cheap a couple of weeks ago, trying to decide what they were going to become. :-) Since SWMBO is something of a minimalist when it comes to furnishings and accessories, and is constantly reminding me that she doesn’t need any more “dust collectors” in the house, I was thinking in terms of something useful for the shop.

I finally decided there was enough wood there for a small tool organizer of some sort. I sat there for about an hour, just looking at the boards and thinking, then I commenced cutting and gluing.

Making a few deviations from the plan in my head as I went along, I was pretty satisfied with the results when I was done. Now all I had to do was figure out where to put the thing. I looked at the three drawer chest I had made a few months ago, and was thinking that the organizer seemed about the right size to sit right on top of it. I got out the tape measure, and wouldn’t you know that with no forethought whatsoever, I had made both pieces exactly 24” wide!

Now just putting the organizer on top of the chest (which was taking up a good bit of space on my bench already) wouldn’t work because it would block other stuff hanging on the wall. Again, a flash of lightning, and it occurred to me that if the whole thing was on wheels I could tuck it away when not in use, roll it over to whatever part of the shop I was working in, and free up some bench space.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 03-22-2007 04:22 PM

Very impressive, Charlie M. Rolling clamp carts are common, but usually quite large and cumbersome. Yours is more versatile for storage options, and would carry all the clamps necessary for most projects. And it’s beautiful wood, too. Nicely done! Looks like a nice magazine article to me.


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#2 posted 03-22-2007 04:23 PM

Briliant! I guess that means I need to get out in the shop and putter around some more.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#3 posted 03-22-2007 04:49 PM

Call me slow but what is SWMBO

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#4 posted 03-22-2007 05:04 PM

Charlie, what a great project. I was thinking I would like a set of the plans and then realized that would probably mean you getting a catscan or lobotomy so I guess I’ll just have to wing it too. Really nice job, thanks for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 03-22-2007 05:27 PM

Oooooh, a magazine article, eh Barbs? I’ll get my beard trimmed for the photo shoot.

Obi. SWMBO is the acronym we use over at the woodworking newsgroup for She Who Must Be Obeyed. I think you can figure it out from there. :-)

Chip, you can have my brain….I don’t use it very often anyway.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-22-2007 05:28 PM

A very practical project. I like the idea of being able to roll it out of the way or to where you are working. Nice…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 03-22-2007 06:42 PM

I love the rack. Very practical and has “craftsman” written all over it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 03-22-2007 06:48 PM

I want one! I have to put one on my too do list.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 03-22-2007 10:47 PM

this would definitely solve our “where do we put the clamps” problem!!
And it would be handy for where ever we were working! Yup. Like it

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 03-23-2007 12:26 AM

Charlie – I like what you’ve created. I find that some of my favorite projects are not for the house, but for the shop. I have been known to spend more time on building jigs than the project the jig is for. Shop projects seem to have more value to the woodworker – especially when they look like furniture!

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#11 posted 03-23-2007 02:27 AM

Charlie. Very nice and useful. Is it going to collect dust in your shop though.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 03-23-2007 06:23 AM

well of course it will…. everything collects dust in the shop. That’s a sign of the shop being used and well lived in (as opposed to dust being the sign of a house not being lived in.)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 03-23-2007 02:28 PM

I think Karson was just ribbing me a little there because of what I said in the story about the wife not wanting any more dust collectors in the house.

Actually, I share my “shop” with the washer and dryer, and no matter how often I clean the dust from them, I never seem to pass her white glove inspection. :-(

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 03-24-2007 07:04 PM

Maybe you need to build a little room/cover for the washer and dryer that can be closed off. At least it should keep most of the dust out.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 03-28-2007 05:39 AM

It looks like pretty well planned cabinet.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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