Movable Bandsaw Shop Cart

Updated on April 24th, 2016 by A. S. Nevalainen


The goal for this project was to create a cart where I could hide my Shop-Vac and be able to move the bandsaw anywhere within the shop.

The cabinet door and drawer front are made of Douglas Fir.  The carcass is made from 3/4″ red oak faced plywood.

I made the cabinet door with hand tools only, it was a prototype door for the workbench (a project I’ll show later on the site).  The rails and stiles are wide, almost 5 inches.  I’ve always liked that style, perhaps that’s a farmhouse style of cabinetmaking.  There’s more movement, but that obviously doesn’t matter with a single door cabinet like this one.


The drawers are made of solid red oak.  I used a Porter-Cable dovetail jig for the half-blind dovetails.  I store most of the vacuum attachments in this drawer.

One drawback.  I don’t use the bandsaw as much as I thought I would.  I like that I can hide the vacuum, but I need to start using it a little more.  I originally bought it to rough cut wood planes I’m planning to make.  Perhaps it’s time to get going on that project.


Here’s a final photo of the back.  I added a vent for the shop-vac for airflow, although it probably isn’t completely necessary.