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Our Hacker space The Rabbit Hole needed a stand for our new CarveWright CNC machine. (Search on Sears.com for Craftsman Bench Top Tool Stand and you'll find stands (without drawers or even a top) priced between $45 and $165). As luck would have it, an old 4 drawer filing cabinet was standing out on "curb alert" as I drove by...and priced to fit our budget FREE!
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.


 
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Step 1: What's Needed for the File Cabinet Tool Stand?

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Parts Needed for the File Cabinet Tool Stand
  1. A standard 4 Drawer File Cabinet that breaks into 2 sections, or two identical 2 Drawer Cabinets
  2. 2x4s
  3. 1/2" plywood
  4. Woodscrews to connect the 2x4s
  5. Bolts - to connect the cabinets and fasten the plywood
  6. (optional) locking casters
Tools Needed for the File Cabinet Tool Stand
  1. Circular Saw
  2. Drill
  3. Screwdriver
  4. Wrench
  5. Sander
Our basic design can be found virtually on the Autodesk123 Gallery 

Step 2: Construction

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Construction of the Filing Cabinet Tool-stand

For this project we:
  1. disconnected the top and bottom of the filing cabinet
  2. 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
  3. created a frame of 2 x 4s for the base and screwed the cabinet to the base.
  4. cut a 1/2 piece of plywood to fit the top, drilled holes and bolted it to the top of the stand. 
  5. sanded rough edges of the plywood
  6. purchased locking wheels and bolted them to the bottom frame.
nocode5411 months ago
This is an excellent idea and I am going to build a tool stand for myself as soon as I find 2 cabinets.
mazzmn (author)  nocode5410 months ago
Thanks! In our town, Goodwill, Salvation Army and the like are a good source to check
anasdad11 months ago
Nicely done and great photos!
mazzmn (author)  anasdad11 months ago
Thank you
audreyobscura11 months ago
Great work!
mazzmn (author)  audreyobscura11 months ago
Thanks much Audrey!