Making A Rolling Spindle Sander Cart With Drawers Workshop Projects
This project came about after I “decommissioned” my older sanding station. I did that for a number of reasons, including phasing out my 12″ disk sander (my newer and more compact belt / disk sander had all but taken its place), and water damage to the original cabinet.
At first, I thought that I could just relocate the down draft sanding table and put the spindle sander on top of that, but that turned out to be less than an ideal solution.
Here’s the sander on the down draft sanding table:
Basically taking up all of the space and sitting too high to use comfortably.
I saved the drawers from the original cabinet, figuring I could use them somewhere. So I decided to make a new cabinet for the spindle sander only and use these drawers in that:
Handy, since the biggest part of making a cabinet with drawers is building the drawers themselves.
As with the majority of the cabinets that I build, I start with a plywood structure. Here I’m using 3/4″; poplar and joining it with simple butt joints that are glued and screwed:
The back panel is also 3/4′ and gives the cabinet all the bracing that it needs to prevent racking:
I made it short of the bottom to clear the wheels at the back that the cabinet will roll on.
Front bottom stretcher and toe kick are the last parts of the basic cabinet structure, and these are also just glued and screwed in place:
Next, the drawers were installed. In the original, I used wooden slides but opted for full extension metal slides for this:
The metal slides add to the cost, but are generally worth it in added durability and utility.
I added a blank out panel to the top that a handle will be attached to. This is just a piece of solid pine glued and clamped in place:
The drawer fronts were made to match the fronts on my miter saw station and have the pull built in:
I think it’s a good look and I like having the pull the full width and part of the drawer like this.
The handle for moving the cart is installed next. I used glue and screws to secure it to that blank-out panel:
The wheels are at the back of the cabinet and are made from two layers of 1/2″; plywood glued together to make up the thickness. I attached them to the cabinet with a 3/8″; bolt as the axle that threads into a t-nut:
Since moving the cart will likely be a rare event, I figured these wheels are good enough. Of course, ordinary fixed casters can also be used, but these are definitely the more economical approach. Since the wheels are made from one of the original drawer fronts, we have some recycling happening as well.
To help support the stub axle for these wheels, I added a piece of wood that contacts the head of the bolt. Here I’ve glued on a small piece of hardwood for extra support:
More about that and the wheels in general in the video at the bottom of this page.
Finished and in place next to the miter saw station:
I have near future plans to add a local dust collection system that uses the old shop vac from the original cabinet. Wall mounted, above this new cart, it can also service my band saw.
I made a video showing the build from beginning to end: