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Create a dedicated workstation anywhere in your shop with one of these versatile cabinets.

Designer: Ben Svec; Builder: Bill Sands

Do you have a benchtop power tool in need of a home? How about a grouping of hand tools and accessories begging for a designated storage location? Perhaps one or more of these carts can answer the call. Made either from birch plywood or inexpensive MDF, they offer you three choices: one drawer with cabinet space and shelves, three drawers, or a simple cabinet with shelves. Locking swivel casters let you move the carts where needed, and optional “outrigger” roller stands provide handy infeed and outfeed support for long workpieces.

We’ll walk through building the one-drawer cabinet shown above and include side notes and illustrations for the remaining two. The MDF case differs in that the construction uses Confirmat screws driven through the sides.

Note: As shown above, these carts nicely integrate with the cabinet system featured in our June/July 09 issue. By using the metric shelf-pin jig system shown, you can create all the holes needed for installing the hinge plates, the metal drawer glides, and shelf pins for supporting shelves, thereby saving time. See the Convenience-Plus Buying Guide for the needed template, bits, and hardware. You’ll also want a metric tape measure.

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