I hauled the cabinet back to the Rabbit Hole group and once they got their hands on it, a plan quickly developed to turn it into a nifty tool-stand.
This Instructable includes an Autodesk 123 Design of our new tool-stand in the hopes that it will give others ideas on how they can furnish their labs and workshops on the cheap.
Step 1: What's Needed for the File Cabinet Tool Stand?
- A standard 4 Drawer File Cabinet that breaks into 2 sections, or two identical 2 Drawer Cabinets
- 1/2" plywood
- Woodscrews to connect the 2x4s
- Bolts - to connect the cabinets and fasten the plywood
- (optional) locking casters
- Circular Saw
Step 2: Construction
For this project we:
- disconnected the top and bottom of the filing cabinet
- reconnected the two halves of the filing cabinet next to each other by drilling holes and bolting from one cabinet to the other. The cabinet drawers are only 1/2 high so there are no clearance issues
- created a frame of 2 x 4s for the base and screwed the cabinet to the base.
- cut a 1/2 piece of plywood to fit the top, drilled holes and bolted it to the top of the stand.
- sanded rough edges of the plywood
- purchased locking wheels and bolted them to the bottom frame.