ever done this. I went through numerous different designs
and approaches, but always encountered technical problems
or unacceptable compromises.
“This project stayed in the back of my head for years, and
I noted down and tested each new idea that came up, but it
was only in the summer of 2016 that I found a way to solve
a major issue that was blocking all progress, mainly the side
“From then on things sped up, I built a prototype before
having finished the design of the lift mechanism. Many other
problems showed up, mainly finding a way to operate the lift
mechanism easily, and taking away play. This took a few more
weeks to solve, but eventually every problem was solved and I
built 2 final models straight away in August 2017 for myself,
and have been using them since.
“One of the major features for me is the ability to do
assembly work on it at an adjustable height, gone the days
of working on your knees. This was really missing from my
workshop as I either had the floor or the top of my assembly
table, nothing in between. But again an adjustable assembly
table is something all woodworkers need, but only during a
specific stage of the fabrication. Most of the time it would just
sit in the way.
“The MFSC was a great opportunity to incorporate a
feature I thought of when using my Bessey KRV clamps with
the little support blocs that hold them upright. I thought of
building a table with similar notches that would hold the
clamps, but again, a table that does only that would be a waste
of space most of the time. Here I decided to incorporate
this into the flip side of the MFSC, up to then I would - like
most woodworkers - do my clamping work on top of my main
workbench. This creates several problems, the first is that
As a rolling worktable, the cart has a dog-hold bench similar to a
Festool work table.
Belgian furniture maker Timothy Wilmots demonstrates his
multipurpose shop cart that features a height-adjustable assembly
table, a glue-up table, a panel cart, a Festool-inspired dog-hold
bench, a drying rack, and a mobile shop cart - all in one.
In use as a drying rack, the shop cart holds a lot of parts for drying
and transportation around the shop.