|Project by glen||posted 09-02-2013 03:07 AM||2312 views||10 times favorited||9 comments|
Hi all – been a while since I posted things. Well, it’s been a while since I built something to post, actually – I don’t think putting a deck or replaced fence up on the forum is quite right…
Anyways – a while ago (few years) I bought these plans from wood magazine for a vertical storage cabinet with a rolling base cabinet for your bench top tools. The shelves are removable and fit onto the base. This seemed like a great idea at the time. My shop is pretty small – a 1 car narrow garage that I share with 2 motorcycles. I don’t have any “big” tools – my table saw is a contractor saw that folds up in the corner, my jointer is a small 6” benchtop one, and my bandsaw is a jigsaw. I thought with the amount of benchtop tools I have that this would be great. Specifically, I was looking to store my planer (Dewalt 13”), jointer, miter saw (Dewalt 12”), and maybe something else.
The construction of this thing was easy – it’s all half-lap joinery with some grooves for pegboard on the sides. The top and bottom are MDF. The two cabinets (base and cabinet) are constructed the same way.
The only problem with the plans was getting the casters on. I couldn’t find 4” casters with a attachment plate small enough with small enough holes to accommodate screws that would get a sufficient bite in the base. I ended up adding an extra plywood base with the wheels bolted on.
The problem with the unit is that it’s tall and tools are heavy. My jointer is on the bottom shelf, and doesn’t quite fit properly, although it’s not bad at an angle. The miter saw fits perfectly and sits at waist height since this is the easiest shelf and it will get removed a lot. Anything higher than this, however, is a pain to get out and I could only bring myself to put my scroll saw (which barely sees any use) at a height higher than waist. The top shelf is just storage now.
In hindsight, I would have made the cabinet wider so that my jointer would fit properly and so that I could maybe put my planer in the bottom of the mobile tool base. I didn’t, oh well… Looks like work is going to have me moving within the year, so hopefully I can find a place where I can set up a bigger shop. This is the first shop I’ve set up, and it’s totally a learning process. Each iteration is only going to get better (I hope!)
take care everyone and thanks for reading