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.


Board and Batten Shop Cabinets

Updated on February 1st, 2014 by A. S. Nevalainen

I have a hard time calling this board and batten, it’s odd how that term has evolved.  If you search for board and batten window shutters, you’ll see this exact style.  But it might be slightly more accurate to call this plank style.  Regardless, I like the farmhouse look for cabinets or doors, especially for the shop.

Board and Batten Cabinets

It’s made entirely of clear Douglas Fir.  I biscuit-joined the planks together before screwing the battens from the inside with wood screws.  The handles are cast iron.  Three coats of Satin Polyurethane.


The cabinets are hung over baseboard heaters.  I put two layers of thin duct insulation underneath the cabinet to deflect the heat.  Worked really well, the inside bottom of the cabinet doesn’t even feel warm when the heater is running.


Bottom face frame overhang.

I made a point to match the grain in the vertical and horizontal boards in line with each of the four cabinet doors (e.g. top and bottom cabinet door plank boards are grain matching).