Easy Step By Step Shop Cart Build For Woodworking Beginners



I was right maybe later everybody first this is what we're going to be working on today this is one of my most favorite shop accessories I got this idea of one of the woodworking magazines I actually had two of these before in our old shop but I gave them to my dad because I love them what I liked most about them is it held together with biscuit joinery dados and rabbets and a few Brad nails and that's it they're really fun to build they're fairly easy you do need a biscuit joiner or dataset but they're fairly easy to do and we're going to show you how to do one cool thing about this project is you can build another just one sheet of wood I like to use birch plywood because it stays nice and straight a little bit more cost-effective way to do it would be MDF which works just as well you can basically build this any dimension you want it to be but since mine obviously is kind of particular I'm just going to give you the measurements that I got the whole thing is going to be about 19 and a half inches wide and 32 inches long and I wanted to match up with a height of my table top which is 34 inches so I'm gonna cut my Stiles to 31 and a quarter inches long to compensate for the height of my Castor's these will be the rails for each end frame these are two and three quarters of an inch wide and 14 inches long these are the styles for each end frame these are only two and a quarter of an inch wide because you have to compensate for the dados that will be on the side frames these are the rails for each side these are again 2 and 3/4 of an inch by 26 and a half inches long and then again the styles for each end again 31 and 1/4 by 2 and 3/4 this will be an end frame again these are only 2 and 1/4 of an inch wide here because you got to compensate for the dedos on the sides the only thing that's really important here is just to get these rails at the very top and bottom and this one in the middle you can put basically wherever you want for your shelf if you want to put a particular tool in there that need so much clearance go ahead and allow for it we're gonna be using biscuit joinery so what you want to do is get a combination square and you don't have to be perfectly centered but just kind of eyeball it to where you are in the center the marker line for your biscuit joiner and what I like to do is number each spot just say you're the same all the way around I'm gonna be using the number 20 biscuit to fits in there it's a little bit of room left just make sure your piece is clamped to your table and set your biscuit joiner to number 20 once you get all those slots cut get your pieces laid out again I like to just kind of run a bead of glue in that slot and put the biscuit sort of swallowed up a little bit from the humidity around here then just like to put a smear glue down the side and a little bit on that and this is where there's marks line up again make sure that's nice and flush on the bottom and go from there I don't have a lot of long clamps so I'm just going to grab this right in between these two rails that way the pressure kind of equalizes between the two just tight enough to get everything to make contact a quick tip for you here the glue takes about a half an hour to set up I like to leave it set for about an hour because these are gonna have to be passed over the table saw for a dado instead of trying to remember how long they've been sitting I just write the time right on them when I get them clamped up that way I can just look at him and see how long they've been sitting for the shelves for Joe because I love him and he's awesome and he works so hard all the time and never gets a break this is Betsy's band clamp if you do any kind of framing glue ups like this definitely worth the money right there okay so we have our dado blade in here for three-quarters of an inch wide and about a quarter of an inch high that is important because the measurements that you got for your shelves so what you want to do is establish the top I got this a little bit lower than Center but what I want to do is come down about a quarter of an inch so that that shelf has a little lip line depending on what you're doing you can bring yourself down here basically wherever you want it but then we're going to just grab it the lot alright so on the sides we've got this cut you want to rabbit each end of it that's where the difference for the styles on the end frames came in to be a half of an inch narrower because you're gonna compensate for this quarter inch lip on the inside of this and we're also going to wrap at the bottom okay so we're gonna start actually assembling this now a lot of people will clamp these together with glue but I like to just use bread nails with glue because it's faster and on line a couple of retinols and shop furniture some people will use these or would like to use using their kitchen you want to use a better grade of wood do things a little bit different but it's just a thought so I'm gonna have my shop cookie here do that while I actually just drink a beer could you please give me one way you're not doing why would you limit it oh my god are you kidding me Wow Kwik shop kit always have peroxide on hand anyway we're going to start assembling this if the wood that you're using gets left out and the rain like mine did it'll work bump a little bit and that's fine but make sure when you're putting the face frame together to put them all together to work the same way so that when you do your data cuts you don't have to try to force them down you do the bow down so you can keep it over the data but anyway we're just going to glue this up put a few staples for the end go ahead and glue it up but don't put any Brad nails going up this side the reason for that is if this panel isn't exactly right you're gonna need a little bit of floating room in there and if you've read this to the thing you're gonna have a little bit harder time getting the side face frame on there then go ahead and glue I should have mentioned also that these Shelf panels are eighteen and a half inches by 31 inches for the measurements that I'm using here now we've set our data blade at three quarters of an inch and rabbited all four sides of our top so only about 1/4 it's going to show over the top which will line it up very nicely with our assembly table I'm just going to run a bead of glue around all the top edges I put this on the floor and make it easier to brand nail it down hands a little shaky from nail to the table okay so almost the last thing to do is just put the casters on I'm just using these little 2 inch casters because I don't plan on there being a lot of weight on here and these work just fine of course you can use any configuration of casters but I had these laying around and I'm not gonna have a lot of weight on this cabinet so I got swiveling casters in the front straight ones in the back it's a good idea to put locking casters on here but I don't plan on using any kind of bent amount of tools on it hey what we're gonna do next is actually make a handle for this little cart I have here a inch and a quarter dowel and I have some inch and 3/4 pieces of plywood the length isn't important as long as it's better than 10 inches yourself what we're gonna do is just draw a half a circle on the end that we will cut or sand off just to make it a little bit more appealing make it look like you took some time on it so I've cut the length of my dowel about a half of an inch longer than the width of the car so I'm only going to go in with a Forstner bit and the same sizes of the dowel in this case is inch and a quarter when I go down a quarter of an inch so I've set the stops on my drill press to do that I've gotten drew a reference line on here so that I know where to stop the glue all we're gonna do is glue these on the sides of the frame just put a nice little be real precise because again it's a shot card but I'm gonna do here is just put some glue around the outer outer edge of the dowel because I don't know if the edges are going to are the ends rather are gonna meet up in the holes that I drilled well stick that there and then put some glue in this one I guess you could put it around the end of the dowel again but I don't feel like doing it that way edge okay I'm going to just go over this real quick with 120 grit sandpaper and then I'll follow it up with 220 to make it nice and smooth and then we'll probably around these sharp edges off just to make it nice and smooth to the touch you have it this is a very versatile very stable shop asset and you will love it what I like the most about this is just how useful it is you can't put a big tool on it and put that any way you want you would have an assortment of little tools that you can break just bring to whatever project you're working on with you I like to use it when I'm cutting a bunch of pieces at the table saw I can sit this right beside it set my cups on it and then take it over to my assembly table or the planer or wherever they have to go next you can add other shelves you can add drawers you can do all kinds of different things to this so basically this is just the foundation it really is because whenever your imagination can come up with you can add to this and again it don't have to be built just like this you can make it bigger smaller I've seen them where they put a shelf at the bottom of this and the lid of it opens so that you can set small answers because I always see you next week

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