“Friday”, as in Robinson Crusoe. It’s a helper that I can push to wherever I am working and reach my tools and have a place to put things as I work.
My goal was to build the cabinet, but my constraint was that I had to use only materials that were already in my shop – no running to Woodcraft or buying hardware from Brusso. I had four casters, good start. I had a panel from an old house remodel that I could use as an interesting top. I had various pieces of plywood. I had some very weathered, but usable, get this, Purple Heart wood that I could use as the drawer fronts.
So let the building begin.
I had several pieces of plywood cutoffs, as well as some left over poplar and white and red oak.
The plywood here provided both sides and the bottom. I had a 1/4″ piece of white oak left over from a previous cabinet that served as the back.
On the left is a 100 year old panel removed from a remodeling job. There is some oak there and some poplar.
And this is the purple heart a friend gave me. See how weathered it is? I resawed them so they were about 3/8″ thick to use as drawer fronts.
I had some Baltic birch that I made the drawer boxes from. I also had two sets of full extension drawer slides. You can see the ends of them on the bottom two drawers.
For the top three, I added low “skid plates” for the drawers to bear on to reduce friction. I have seen this in older construction. Made from scrap purple heart
Now I am applying the drawer fronts. The bottom two drawers are made from two lengths of purple heart with a white oak strip laminated in the middle.
The face frame is also white oak, and I have added the wheels.
You might notice the handles.
Since I had no budget for hardware, I made the handles out of purple heart as well!
I sanded the top real nice and I’m ready to go!
I actually cheated. I spent about $9 buying the nuts, bolts, and washers to fasten the handles.