Mobile Shop Cart
I really should title this post Mobile Shop Cart a.k.a. The Marriage Saver because that’s what it is. My husband doesn’t share my love for DIY. It’s OK because he likes the end results, but he prefers to not be present for the actual process. Which works out for us because he’s a pilot and he misses most of the chaos. Where we have a big difference of opinion is the purpose of our garage. He thinks the garage is only for cars!!! I think that since there are not basements in Memphis the garage is for cars and a workshop. However, we’ve had a few, ummm, “discussions” over the fact that our cars and everything else is pretty much constantly covered in a layer of sawdust. Which is how the shop cart came into being. The idea was that I could have a mobile workshop that I could take out to the driveway to work and spare the garage the sawdust.
Lowes published the shop cart in their Creative Ideas Magazine, and my husband actually read it (totally surprised me there) and saved the magazine and suggested that I should consider that my next blog project. Only I don’t have a table saw, and I wasn’t sure how those bazillion cuts were going to get done. Dad to the rescue. I had to go on a business trip and my father flew out to watch my daughter for us. While he was there, he asked if there were any little projects he could handle while Sydney was in school. It took my husband about 3 seconds to whip out that magazine and suggest it.
Now my father knows his way around wood working. He has a shop in his basement with some very nice tools and a workshop that would make you drool. However those tools are 17 hours away by car. I have a very limited tool shop, and so the poor man was really slumming it having to work in my sad excuse of a workshop. This didn’t stop my father. He went to Lowes and bribed someone there to make all the big cuts for him even though they usually have a 3 cut limit. He was at Lowes for several hours. When I came home he was at the point where the top and bottom could be attached. We spent about an hour attaching the top and the bottom to the cart because he had to fly home first thing in the morning. So I don’t have pics of a lot of the cart making process, but I did take some at the point I took over. Thanks Dad! Could not have done it without you.
After he left I flipped over the cart and attached the wheels. They were pretty easy to bolt in once I pre-drilled the holes. Two of the wheels have brakes on them. You would understand why this is so important if you could see how steep my driveway is.
Next I made the drawers. I have to say I don’t really like the design of the drawers because they don’t slide well at all. I would completely change how I did them if I were to make them again.
I attached slats of masonite on the back of the cart which added some shallow storage perfect for caulk and spray paint, etc.
On the side I added pegboard so that I could hang a lot of my tools and have them easily accessible. The whole point of the cart is to keep everything I use on a regular basis at my fingertips so I wouldn’t have to run back and forth constantly between the garage and the driveway. This also serves as a handy place to hang a plastic grocery bag to hold trash.
I screwed on a hose holder to serve as my extension cord holder. That way I can work in the driveway but plug in inside the garage. I also mounted a surge protector which allows me to plug in several tools at once instead of just one. So I can saw and sand without having to mess with cords.
Finally with the help of my husband for the heavy lifting, we bolted the miter saw to the top of the cart. That is my most used tool, and the one that is responsible for the majority of the garage mess issues, so when I wheel my cart out I can saw away in my driveway.I painted the entire cart with chalkboard paint. I think that the world is a better place with chalkboard paint in it, but there was also practical reason for this. I can use chalk to write measurements directly on the top of the table instead of writing on paper and having it blow away. The when I’m done I can just wipe it off. It also had the double bonus of allowing me to label where things go using a chalkboard marker.I love how this turned out. It ended up being a very big project, but seeing as how my husband is thrilled with the clean garage and I don’t have to stress about using the shop vac before he gets home anymore, we are back on the path to marital bliss. It was money well spent.What do you think? How do you keep your shop organized and functional?
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