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Project by Cecil Rogers posted 06-16-2013 02:22 AM 3244 views 33 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a couple of utility carts to pull various duties throughout any given project. These are the final cabinets. There are two, and they’re identical with the exception of the drawer configuration. The finishing cabinet has seven drawers, and the assembly cabinet has six.

At the beginning, one is an infeed table and the other is outfeed table. At 2’6” by 5’ each, they can handle a full sheet of plywood and most any other lumber I throw at them. After lumber milling, they serve as general utility and lumber staging tables. And after all the bench work is done, one becomes an assembly table and the other is a finishing table.

Both carts feature a torsion box base, adjustable height tables (about 8” of travel), a hard maple table top, and plenty of storage for various tools and finishing supplies. Both cabinets are also wired for electrical service at both ends.

More info on the build is at

-- Cecil, Orange Park, FL

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#1 posted 06-16-2013 02:34 AM

Very good!!!

-- Once in a man's life you should have a good dog, a good horse and a good woman. The trick is to get them all together at the same time

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#2 posted 06-16-2013 02:34 AM

That is a cool idea being universal like that.
One suggestion would be to put a back on the cabinet to keep sawdust out of the drawers. keeping them closed really keeps your stuff clean but without a back they are vulnerable!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-16-2013 02:49 AM

excellent !
you nailed it sam

great addition to any shop

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 06-16-2013 05:02 AM

Nicely done….got all the bells & whistles and versatility …..added to favorites…

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 06-16-2013 05:10 AM

Nice mobile work stations…. looks like they are going to get a lot of use…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 06-16-2013 05:30 AM

very nice and mobile also…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#7 posted 06-16-2013 06:13 AM

This is most excellent. I have a cart that is out-feed table height and it is very useful. Sadly, mine is not as nice as yours. Great work and thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 06-16-2013 07:32 AM

Neat ! I especially like the adjustable top. I would not have believed knobs to be sufficient without a pin but you proved me wrong. I will keep this design in mind. Thanks for sharing.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#9 posted 06-16-2013 11:32 AM

very nice,those will come in handy.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Cecil Rogers

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#10 posted 06-16-2013 12:26 PM

Thanks for the kind words, folks.

Jim, I think the pictures may have misled you. There is a 3/4” ply back dadoed into the cabinet partitions and sitting in a rabbet. The cabinet space is completely closed. What is in view in a couple of the pics is the drawers before the false fronts went on. The open space in the lead pic is the travel space between the top of the cabinet and the bottom of the table. Hope that helps a little.

Francois, I don’t know that I would have tried it except that I had previous experience. The maple table top weighs around 90 lbs. But, this is rev 3 in the evolution of these carts. They were about 10 years in the making. The first was an adjustable plywood table that folded up and stored in a small footprint. The second version was a 5’x5’ cabinet with the same table top and it had suffered a large load several times. So, I knew the knobs would hold. The pins are actually a very good idea if you have a few “known” heights that you want to set and secure. I should have thought of that.

-- Cecil, Orange Park, FL

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#11 posted 06-16-2013 02:58 PM

Nice Job!!

-- Malcolm, Mobile Alabama

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#12 posted 06-16-2013 03:21 PM

What a great idea!
My only questions are how difficult is it to raise and lock the table top in place? It looks like it’s heavy and might need one person on each end.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Cecil Rogers

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#13 posted 06-16-2013 03:48 PM

Tom, it IS heavy. I happen to have a son that can help me if I have to adjust it, and yes, it normally takes two people. It’s pretty quick and easy with a helper.

But, in a pinch, I have done it by myself with a two ton car jack. The amount of downward travel is constrained so that I always have enough room to get a jack between the cabinet and the bottom of the table. If the jack is centered, the cabinet will hold it and I just jack it up. I knew there would come a day when my helper moved out, so I made that part of the design…

-- Cecil, Orange Park, FL

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#14 posted 06-16-2013 04:40 PM

Hello Sam

A nice mobile work station very modular. I like it.

Don’t you have too much difficulties to move it when all the drawers are plenty of tools ?

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Cecil Rogers

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#15 posted 06-16-2013 05:32 PM

No, Diggerjack. It has 5” casters and it’s fairly easy to roll, even loaded down. I’ve had the assembly cart fairly loaded with lumber (and tools) and I had no problems, and I always move it by myself.

-- Cecil, Orange Park, FL

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