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Posted on Need some design help for my rolling tool storage

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 08:59 AM

Thanks for the input guys. My plan is to build three rolling storage units that stow away under my workbench (a la Bill Endress’ concept). One will be something on the order of 5-6 drawers for all my hand tools and loose items, and the other two will be split down the middle with six sliding shelves each (three per side) for my power tools and bulk items. This will help me with my storage problem, small space problem, and still provide worktop solutions like infeed/outfeed/etc.

So I’ll be designing my own plans to get exactly what I want (I’ve search the internet for months and have narrowed it down to these two designs) and I was trying to determine which of the two above is engineered best while still looking good (each unit will be roughly 25”x25”x31”). I liked Bill Endress’ design because as you move it around the shop, the box design looks good from all angles because there’s no real “back” as in Norm’s. But while Norm’s has an apparent front and back, his looks more solid with his joints using dadoes vs rabbets. Also because I’m trying to make use of as much small amount of space I have under my bench, Bill’s design doesn’t take up storage space with the use of a lip in his table top while Norm’s does. Bill seems to get around the lack of “lip clamping” by incorporating some type of opening to the cabinet that gives a clamping option.

I guess I like Bill’s design better, but I trust Norm’s design more. If I go with Bill’s design will it become rickety and fall apart?


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