Tool Cart Workbench

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Project by RPhillips posted 178 days ago 2772 views 46 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have no proper workbench or tools storage so needed something that could fulfill both of those needs. I am in the middle of a Roubo bench build and found myself constantly just piling up tools on my table saw aka workbench, which was becoming a major pain. So I decided a rolling cart/bench would be pretty sweet, and I thought that if I could incorporate some storage, it would be even better. After seeing the simple design of the drawers online, I decided to give that a try. I also built this to the same height as my table saw so that I could use it as a TS extension.

I used 2×4’s for the frame and 1/2 ply for the drawers, 3/4 ply for the drawer carcase and top, which I then added a piece of 1/4 hardboard to top. As a first to me, I used box joints for the drawers and learned how to make a jig to make those. The feeling I had when the two piece joined perfectly was just absolute joy. I decided to keep the front free of obstructions aka knee-bangers, I used a simple arched cut-out for the pull. I finished it with a good sanding and a little BLO.

Thanks for looking!

Here’s a link to the Box Joint Jig I made for this project.

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-- Rob - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#1 posted 178 days ago

most excellent, I am in need of something similiar

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#2 posted 178 days ago

I made something similar to this about 20 years ago for about the same reason. I am using it every shop day and the roubo bench still isn’t done. I have have made lots of sawdust and curly things in the meantime. One thing I did to mine mine was replace the casters with bigger ones. The bigger the diameter the easier the wheel will roll over stuff of course most people have perfectly clean floors in their shops.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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#3 posted 178 days ago

This is a very attractive cart/bench and a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 178 days ago

Nice work, these serve us well. I have had one in the shop for yrs as well. Congrats on the box joints, I love that you left them exposed the front has a nice rustic look….. Enjoy.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 178 days ago

great job!

-- Doug - Montgomery, Tx

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#6 posted 178 days ago

Sweet build Rob…”Learning… one mistake at a time…” Thinking you didnt learn much from this project buddy for I didnt notice nary a mistake…lol That should be a handy resource for years to come sir. nice job

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 178 days ago

That looks great and I am sure it will serve you well. I have seen that design before – ShopNotes, maybe.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 178 days ago

Great looking cart/bench, and a great accessory for your shop with years of use to come!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 178 days ago

I might add some drawers like those to my assembly bench.
Very nice.

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#10 posted 178 days ago

I am doing something very similar, but I like yours better. I want to put a stainless cap on mine as well.

-- Richard-- "If it ain't tight, then it ain't right."

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#11 posted 178 days ago

Great looking cart, I’d love to have that.

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#12 posted 178 days ago

Very nice.

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#13 posted 178 days ago

Good looking work. I love those “mid project” builds that fill a very real need.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#14 posted 178 days ago

nice job

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#15 posted 178 days ago

Good looking table. This is exactly what I need for my small shop.

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