The basic multi-function shop cart plan came about out of a need in my own shop. Recently I have been working with some long boards and sheet goods. When jointing 9’ boards I needed an extra support on the outfeed side of the jointer. The jointer outfeed sits 32” off the floor. In addition, 4’ x 8’ sheets of any material are very cumbersome to handle by yourself when using the tablesaw. So I designed and build MF shop cart to give me a hand.
Any cart which sits on 4” castors is handy to have just as a cart. With the extension wings folded up it gives me a 24” x 50 ¼” moveable table for relocating boards around the shop. The small footprint (21 ½” x 26 ½” x 28 ¾” H) is easy to store when not in use. We all know how valuable shop space is!
The adjustable support arms will sit down flush with the top of the cart and extend up to a height of approximately 44 ¾”. So I can use it as a shop helper for in feed or outfeed when using the jointer, tablesaw or even the bandsaw. It’s amazing how some of the best ideas come out of necessity.
I can see where this little utility cart is going to be a great addition to the shop. Happy Woodworking!
It provides a great work area and prep station. Now you can have all of your condiments in one place. A built in cutting board and storage for all of your supplies. How great is that?
Constructed using cedar (Just my suggestion) which is perfect for outdoor projects. The grill cart also has a handle, towel rack, shelves and wheels so you can easily move it around or closer to you BBQ, The cutting board lifts out so it can be easily cleaned and the slats a spaced out enough that water won’t lay on your new cart.
The assembly is easy to put together so you can start enjoying your BBQ cart even sooner. Have Fun!
I designed and made this double flip-top workstation for a couple of pieces of machinery that I use, but not often. It just makes a convenient way to store the equipment and saved some floor space at the same time.
This particular project was designed for the machines that I wanted to mount on it. You can easily adapt the sizes of all components to suit your needs. For example your drawer (optional) may be larger if your equipment allows for more space. Mind you the drawer is handy for storing related accessories.
The other optional component are the castors. If the stand doesn’t need to be mobile than you could make your sides higher which will provide a larger area for your equipment.
The construction is very basic yet very sturdy as the sides and flip-top are doubled up. The ¼” molding is also optional and does nothing but hide the plywood edges and the seam where the sides are laminated together. There is no complicated joinery, the majority of the parts are held together with screws and the threaded rod provides the strength in he upper half.
The flip-top latches in two locations, both located in the front. However there are latches on all four corners to secure the top in place in either position.
Either way you flip it I’m sure everyone has a use for this dual purpose workstation.
Everyone is trying to conserve space in their shop no matter what the size. This space saving Flip-Top workstation will cut down you bench-top machine footprint considerably plus keep your machines easily accessible. The cart is easy to use and inexpensive to build. A great addition for any shop!
I saw a similar cart in an on-line article and felt their design wasn’t strong enough to support your valuable shop equipment the way it should be. The Flip-Top workstation is constructed using construction grade materials both for strength and to keep the cost reasonable. I have designed the bracing so it would provide lass racking and the top is a torsion box design so it will stay flat. The top of the Flip-Top cart pivots on ½” bolts and is secured in place with simple sliding latches. The legs are also bolted and screwed for extra strength. I also doubled up the top layers so you have lots of material to anchor your equipment.
If you keep the weight close to equal on both sides of the top it will act as a counterbalance when you are rotating the top to switch machines.