Rolling Tool Cart

A mobile home for all those shop tools.

SHOP OWNER: Pat Harenza
LOCATION: Crystal Lake, IL

    This rolling tool cabinet is my first "major" project. I used the plan, which was featured in ShopNotes magazine No. 29, Vol. 5. One of the cost cutting measures I employed was the use of some regular plywood for the inside that I already had on hand. I painted the plywood with a deep purple I found on the "oops" paint shelf for $1.66. I thought it was a beautiful contrast against the oak.
Doors Open

    The plans called for recessed handles, which looked very nice but were $12 a piece. Since I needed a total of eight, I opted for less expensive solid brushed brass knobs to again cut my cost. The cabinet was finished using Minwax "aged oak" stain and their satin topcoat.
Drawer Open

    The time period spent on this project spanned about ten weeks, working mostly weekends and some nights. The total cost is estimated at about $300. All the non-woodworking folks that see it wonder why I made a tool chest out of oak. I like to think of it as a start to my portfolio. I also wanted the experience (i.e. machining, sanding, finishing...) of working with oak.

. . . Pat Harenza



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