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HD_woodchuck

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01-28-2016 01:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tool cart cart outdoor

Ok, so its been a few years since I’ve been active here but thought of you guys immediately when I came to my current dilemma.

So I have a micro-shop … currently operating in a 9’ x 12’ shed. Although this is working out great and gives me enough space for most projects, I have had to build a “shop extension” by putting up a tarp with posts and bungee cords so that I can work outside the shed in not-so-nice weather.

The issue that I have is that I have to move my tablesaw and planer outdoors often to run long stock. I have a benchtop table saw and a Dewalt 734 planer. Both of which are heavy / awkward enough so I generally struggle. this usually starts my projects out on the wrong foot as I’m frustrated or sore before I start!

The driveway area outside my shop is crushed stone (not smooth or hard)

I’m trying to come up with a cart solution that I can easily roll out these tools, use them and roll them back in. Storage height for inside storage is an issue but I can deal with that. Looking for ideas for outdoor casters / lockable / swivel I guess but a complete design still evades me.

Thinking I’ll just build a rolling cart same as an indoor, only use outdoor casters, but would like to hear any other suggestions.


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 01-28-2016 02:01 PM

Try these on your cart.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 01-28-2016 02:44 PM

The first thing I think of is some kind of garden cart with pneumatic tires, like one these two. Then build a frame and top you could secure the tool to.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#3 posted 01-28-2016 03:19 PM

Bondo is on the right track, but I’d use pneumatic tires from HF: Item #60251. Easier to roll off-road, which effectively is what a gravel drive is.

I would build a rolling work station/bench on the style of a vendor’s cart, i.e. two wheels and two fixed legs/feet. Much more effort will be required to move something on two wheels because you will have to lift and carry the end without legs, however the legs will supply stability that you will not find in wheels (even the self-locking variety) on an unpaved surface. For a large general-service workbench that i wheel out of my garage I made it just as described above. On the end without wheels I affixed heavy brackets of the sort used to bar a door with a 2×4. I slip in a pair of cut-down 2×4s and thus have handles, leverage, and generally an easy time of moving this bench to wherever I want it.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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HD_woodchuck

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#4 posted 01-28-2016 03:41 PM

Thanks to all … fuigb that’s an excellent idea! I think I was hung up on making an in-shop cart usable for outside, but it makes more sense to only have wheels on one end. Now to just figure out how to make the wheels only work when the other end is elevated, thus making a very stable cart / bench when not being lifted.

Thanks again!!!

Open to any / all other ideas too !!

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fuigb

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#5 posted 01-28-2016 08:30 PM



Now to just figure out how to make the wheels only work when the other end is elevated, thus making a very stable cart / bench when not being lifted.

Online you can find examples of lifts and wedges for stabilizing the wheeled end, the upshot of all is to get the wheels off of the ground. Honestly, though, in my case I do none of the above. My bench is long and heavy enough that gravity and size keep it in place. No pic to share (I’m not that advanced) but the frame is of 2×4s, legs of 4×4s, and the top is a stylized torsion box (six or seven feet long; I forget which). Under the bench is a set of drawers loaded with everything imaginable. Like I said, with the wheelbarrow-like removable handles I’m able to swing this thing around and move it anywhere. I’d hate to have to dead lift the bench, but with my set up a ton of bench and tools it moves without causing the labor force to break a sweat.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#6 posted 01-28-2016 11:55 PM

https://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/tls/5416642206.html

I bought three of those (steel carts with 8” air-filled casters) a couple weeks ago. The guy still has a lot left. It’s the remains of a bathtub and fiberglass fixture company that’s gone out of business. Those wheels have to cost at least $50 each if purchased new. You can get a cart with 4 of them for $60 or two for $100.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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