During a recent trip to Germany, our former publisher, Steve Shanesy, snapped some pictures of a utilitarian, but also clever, rolling tool cart used in one of the woodworking shops he visited.
The cart was designed to hold your tools so your bench or assembly platform remained tidy. It had doors and drawers on the lower section, plus wings that opened on top to reveal three tool wells that kept things orderly and prevented items from falling onto the floor. When not in use, the cart closed to a nice size and could even be locked.
The staff agreed that the idea was a good one, but we decided to put a Popular Woodworking spin on it. We divided and detailed the lower drawer space some more and added a tool till inside the center well with magnetic tool holders. Plus we made sure the construction was simple. Mechanical fasteners do all the hard work. You could easily build this cart with a circular saw, a drill and a router, making it a great project for beginners or even a professional cabinetmaker in a production shop.
While we didn’t start out worrying about price, the finished bill is worth talking about. Using two sheets of good-quality 3⁄4" shop-grade plywood and one sheet of 1⁄2" Baltic birch ply for the drawers, wood costs came in at about $125. The necessary hardware (there’s a lot more than you might think imagine) comes in at less than $150 if you build it exactly as we have. So for $275, you’re still getting a lot of storage for the price and the space is arranged to be exactly what you need, unlike a store-bought toolbox.
The Practical Workshop is the book you want if you are looking to build a sensible shop with good lighting, an efficient workflow and everything you need to get on with your woodworking. From workbenches to shop furniture to storage solutions, this book covers what you need.
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