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Designing/Purchasing Carts for Cabinetry7/30/21
Our shop is currently looking to upgrade much of its outdated infrastructure, such as tools, airlines, and many other things. One of the places we want to improve are the carts and workstations our employees use. Right now, we have many different carts of different heights, sizes, and no real work surfaces. All of our tools end up in a pile, and our cords and air hoses get tangled up easily.
We're wanting to build or order something similar to mechanics' carts, but without the air compressors and generators. We're considering hanging air hoses and extension cords from the ceiling, so people don't cross them over as they move from area to area.
Has anybody had any success with custom carts or shop setups? We primarily make cabinets, but we also want to be able to work on special projects as well, so it requires a wide variety of tools.
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We move our batched parts on bakers scaffolds with a second shelf and dividers installed out of ply 149-179$ (Probably more now) mine are 5-7 years pld and still do the trick
We have hanging air hoses and extension cord reels. Has made a very big difference, in tripping hazards, and time wasted looking for hoses/cords, running hoses/cords, and then cleaning them up.
We also have small carts at our workstations that ideally have only the needed tools. They quickly get cluttered, and it's a challenge to keep them from becoming junk piles, but we do our best.
The small carts are on casters, we have 4 different versions or so, some built, some bought. We haven't come up with the perfect one yet unfortunately, so I'd love to see if someone has, and we can standardize it.
Not wanting to re-invent the wheel, we use wire racking on casters. Some are 18" deep X 48" wide X 6' tall, others are only 18" X 3' wide X 33" tall. These are basically cheap as compared to building something. I just ordered some from Costco, about $130.00 per each, delivered to my door.