This step by step diy woodworking project is about tool stand plans. The project features instructions for building a simple tool stand with caster wheels and storage shelves. This wood stand is ideal for a miter saw or for other large tools and it also features significant storage space for screws and other small items. Work with attention and make adjustments to the design and overall dimensions if you want to get the job done in a professional manner.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
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Tool Stand Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 34″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x34″ long, 1 piece – 19 3/4″x34″ long PANELS
- C – 8 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 24″ long, 4 pieces – 19 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 21 1/4″x24″ long SHELVES
- E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 31 3/4″x36″ long TABLETOP
- F – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 37 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 33 1/4″ long TRIMS
- G – 4 pieces of 2″ caster wheels CASTER WHEELS
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses
How to build a tool shed
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the sides of the tool stand. Cut the legs from 2×2 lumber and the sides panels from 3/4″ plywood. Drill pocket holes along the sides of the plywood piece and secure it to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints for a durable bond. Align the edges with attention and leave no gaps between the components.
Next, attach the 1×2 supports to the plywood panels, as shown in the diagram. Use glue and finishing nails to secure the supports to the panels.
Next, you need to attach the back panel to the tool stand. Drill pocket holes along the sides of the plywood panel and secure it to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws.
Attach the trims to the back of the tool stand, as shown in the diagram. Use glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock the trims into place tightly.
Cut the shelves from 3/4″ plywood at the dimensions shown in the plans. Fit the shelves to the supports and lock them into place with 1 1/4″ brad nails and glue. If you find the structure too loose, you should fit a 2×2 support to the bottom of the front face. Drill pilot holes at both ends and secure them to the legs using 2 1/2″ screws.
Cut the tabletop from 3/4″ plywood and lay it on a level surface. Center the structure to the tabletop and insert 2″ nails through the supports. Alternatively you can attach the tabletop to the stand and insert 2″ nails from the top into the supports.
Attach 1×2 trims to the edges of the tabletop, as shown in the diagram. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees and secure them to the tabletop using 1 1/4″ finishing nails. Add glue to the joints for extra-rigidity.
Attach 2″ caster wheels to the bottom of the legs. Use 1 1/4″ screws to secure the caster wheels into place, as shown in the diagram
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. The best part of the project is that you can adjust the size of the tool stand to suit your need. Having the caster wheels, you can move the tool stand wherever you want in your shop.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden stand, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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