I have had a long, personal relationship with rolling tool carts, or "tool stooges," as I call them, since I began cabinetmaking many years ago. (You may have met my friends Larry, Curly and Moe in my first book, Working at Wood working.) Having set up my business in a small two-car garage, I didn't have the luxury of leaving all my work stations set up at the same time. While the knock-down fixtures I designed and built helped me get around this limitation, I rarely had the right tools at hand when I needed them.
One operation, assembly, was particularly problematic. My assembly area was (and still is, for that matter) a flat 3-ft. by 7-ft. platform placed across a pair of leveled 12-in. high lifts. Unfortunately, the only space I could spare for this work station was at least four or more steps away from my workbench and its accompanying tool-storage units. At first I made do, trying to arrange
Rolling tool cart by Chris Wanlass. For other views of the cart, see p. 111. Photo by William Sampson.
Steve Johnson's mobile cart, shown at (ar left with a small machinist's chest (also by Johnson), features full-extension drawers. When they are extended, the light-colored maple drawer sides stand out against the darker walnut (left), warning that the drawers should be shut before the cart is moved . Photo by Jon Binzen.
all the tools I thought I would need on the platform before getting started. Invariably, of course, I would forget something-usuallyjust the tool I needed while trying to hold a bunch of parts together with both hands and one foot.
Throughout the assembly process, I was constantly traipsing to and from my standing or wall-hung toolboxes; by the time I got to them, I couldn't always remember what I was looking for. Worse, I would occasionally knock a loose tool off the platform as I worked around the project (in accordance with Murphy's law, this would invariably be a freshly sharpened chisel). Like the woodworkers whose carts are featured in this chapter, I
realized that I needed to build some kind of tool stooge to furnish me with the tools I needed at this work station. I decided that a rolling tool cart would suit my needs perfectly. On pp. 114-123, I'll show you how I built it.
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