Start To Finish -- My Welding Cart Built Around A Harbor Freight Toolbox

  • I fabricate a welding cart, built around a Harbor Freight 14.5" End Cabinet toolbox and send it off to get powder coated. Then I finish final assembly. It's a fun welding project that you can use for your welder or plasma cutter. It's on wheels to move around and it holds your gas bottle for welding. It also has mounts to hold cables or storage for TIG welding rod. In the end, it will all be powder coated for rust protection on the metal.
    Camera Used-- GoPro Hero 5 With Rode VideoMicro Microphone
    Instagram-- @57moto
    Harbor Freight 14.5 End Cabinet--
    Welder Used in building cart-- Lincoln MP210
    Metal Chop Saw-- Evolution EVO380

Comments • 80

  • Fraser McGillivray
    Fraser McGillivray 2 days ago +1

    Fantastic build.....might just make an attempt at one myself.

  • Mr. DIY how to painting welding fabrication

    Looks good.i think a bigger box would be better.

  • John Greenacre
    John Greenacre 15 days ago

    why didn't you fabricate your own foot pedal holder ? make a great cart then buy a pedal holder

    • 57moto
      57moto  15 days ago

      Because I didn't want to. The ztFab foot pedal holders are super nice CNC laser cut, I love them.

  • Peter. Hatch
    Peter. Hatch 16 days ago +1

    One of the better ones great job

  • Zombie Haunter
    Zombie Haunter 16 days ago +1

    Great video. Very informative. What program do you use to edit your video? You should run an audio equalization tool so all of your tool noise equalizes with your voice narrative--which is fantastic by the way.

    • 57moto
      57moto  16 days ago


    • Zombie Haunter
      Zombie Haunter 16 days ago +1

      @57moto Download Audacity (it's free). You'll want to export your audio, upload it into Audacity, then you can equalize the audio. There is a youtube tutorial on how to do it. I don't have Premier Elements, but there is probably a tool to do it in there as well.

    • 57moto
      57moto  16 days ago

      Thank you. I use Premier Elements. I'm not sure how to equalize the audio, I'll have to see if I can do that with elements.

  • Phoeff99
    Phoeff99 25 days ago +1

    Looks great man. Nice idea to incorporate the HF chest. 👍🏻

  • ViKing
    ViKing Month ago +1

    Very nice man. Im curious on your total costs

    • 57moto
      57moto  Month ago

      Thanks. You know, some of the metal was stuff I had around and 1/4" plate is what I could find that didn't break the bank, so I didn't keep track of what I spent. Wheels are Harbor Freight, box is harbor freight. The weld on nuts I found on amazon. The TIG pedal holder was about $25 if I remember correctly. The powder coating was an expense as well. I'm sure I could have bought something already made like the Harbor Freight welding cart with drawers for less, but then I wouldn't have an excuse to make something!!

  • Paweł Hamal
    Paweł Hamal Month ago +1

    Great Job.

  • Edward Ramirez
    Edward Ramirez Month ago +1

    Looks really good.

  • Rich Wood
    Rich Wood Month ago +1

    Absolutely exceptional work!!!

    • 57moto
      57moto  Month ago

      Thank you so much!!

  • francis sanchez
    francis sanchez Month ago +1


  • Rob D
    Rob D Month ago +1

    You do excellent work, good job!

  • Douglas Whitt
    Douglas Whitt Month ago +1

    Looks Awesome

  • Onedayilbeok
    Onedayilbeok 2 months ago +1

    That looks so damn good, great job

    • Onedayilbeok
      Onedayilbeok 2 months ago

      @57moto good news will look forward to them thanks for the reply

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago

      Yeah, it's just been awhile. I'm working on a couple small projects right now. I might put up those videos when finished. Nothing fancy though!

    • Onedayilbeok
      Onedayilbeok 2 months ago

      @57moto are you still making videos?

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago


  • Ron Crandall
    Ron Crandall 2 months ago +1

    Very well planned out and executed. Great video. Thanks for sharing with the world!

  • gorillamotors
    gorillamotors 2 months ago

    I am planning on making the same cart but with 2 bottles. What model scotch brite pads were you using?

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago

      I bought some on Amazon. I think it was a variety pack.

  • Rob Hunter
    Rob Hunter 2 months ago +1

    Excellent craftsmanship, especially for the tools you have at hand. That is a really cool project. The one thing I would do differently is to use a wing nut or wing nut bolt for the bottle release. I think it would be easier than dealing with those hard to grab bolt heads. You could use small diameter bar stock and weld a short piece on to a bolt then thread the arm that holds your gas bottle in place. One hand operation to unlatch your bottle. Again it looks really nice and professional. Thanks for the video.

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago

      Thank you, I appreciate it. Yes, I've thought about a wing nut. I've even thought about welding a nut to the metal strap and then having it powder coated again.

  • Eddy Goodwin
    Eddy Goodwin 2 months ago +1

    I picked up a couple stainless janitor carts from a surplus sale before I owned a welder or a plasma they work great if you can find them cheap. Just googled the one I have it’s a Royce rolls and holly hell are they expensive. Jack pot $25

  • Eddy Goodwin
    Eddy Goodwin 2 months ago +1

    Now all you need is a rolls Royce emblem to slap on there, awesome work

  • John Buffinton
    John Buffinton 2 months ago +1


  • relikvija
    relikvija 2 months ago +1

    Dude, you don't fuck around, this is some solid stuff!

  • PaintmanJohn
    PaintmanJohn 2 months ago +2

    News Flash: Man get HERNIA lifting Welding Cart into vehicle ! :-)

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago

      Everyone loves a good hernia from time to time!!

  • BIlly The Kid
    BIlly The Kid 2 months ago +1

    Awesome build!

  • Larry Morgan
    Larry Morgan 2 months ago +1

    Nice cart. Nicer C-10 in the back there. Let's get that beauty up and running.

    • Larry Morgan
      Larry Morgan 2 months ago +1

      @57moto that's awesome. Wife and I had one well I did she just raced cameros in it.. post a video of her progress she is a beauty.

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago +1

      Thanks. It's on my list of projects. It's been sitting since about 1998-99. It came with a factory 396, but has a 454 in it. Factory options of, power steering, power brakes, AC, turbo 400, tinted window and wood bed.

  • Dale Williford
    Dale Williford 2 months ago

    Do you have a video of your welding table

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago

      I don't. I built it before I started filming anything. I bought the kit from but I did some mods to the base. Relocated the wheels, added the expanded metal shelf and then welded on tubing for a clamp hanger. I might have some pics over on instagram.

  • AJ9
    AJ9 2 months ago

    How much did the material cost?

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago +1

      Some I had on hand and bought a little, so I really can't tell you how much it was.

  • Robert Jordon
    Robert Jordon 2 months ago

    Nice job but I have the 200 and the other Lincoln welder think I’ll just go with the already built harbor freight Vulcan.

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago

      I thought about that one, but I wanted an excuse to make something!

  • Victory First
    Victory First 2 months ago +1

    A very nice job you have done on the fly. Keep up the great work too.

    • Victory First
      Victory First 2 months ago +1

      @57moto I look forward to see more unique things to come from you 57 Moto.

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago


  • Carl Johnson
    Carl Johnson 2 months ago +1

    Very nice work. I like how you marked the tubing before bending. Is your bender anchored to the floor or is the base weighted with concrete?

    • Carl Johnson
      Carl Johnson 2 months ago

      @57moto THANK you

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago +1

      Thank you. No, it's not anchored down. It's simply the weight of the semi truck brake drum. I'm bending smaller diameter and thin wall tubing, so it works. I've got another video of me using the bending to make a motorcycle cargo rack if you're interested.

  • John
    John 2 months ago +2

    Shut the front door!!! That is the cart of carts!! Wow excellent job, excellent video, the creativity to usefulness is second to none. Hell of a cart to use with the end box. The best is you didn't directly mod the end box and can swap it out at anytime (not that you need to do that)

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago

      Thank you! I appreciate the comment!

  • StreetMachine18
    StreetMachine18 2 months ago

    I am curious what was in the corner that you had to keep blurring out? Great welding cart! I have an old treadmill I am gunna cut up and recycle to build something like this! Great idea

    • Brad Hedges
      Brad Hedges 2 months ago

      Lol - I kept thinking he had a dirty lens on the camera!

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago +1

      Thanks. It was another project/prototype I did want anyone to see, but forgot it was sitting out while I filmed.

  • Mel Gross
    Mel Gross 2 months ago

    Very nice, but I don’t understand why you didn’t cut the pieces and weld them together. . What’s with the blurred out area?

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago

      Thanks. I was going for a bent look. I like the bent, rounded edge rather than welded edge. Blurred out area is another project/prototype I didn't want shown in the video and forgot it was sitting out.

  • Uvision Media
    Uvision Media 2 months ago +3

    This is the exact box I wanted to build both of mine out of. However I went with the larger husky boxes due to price. I'm still on the fence on if I made the right choice. The larger boxes are definitely harder to move around. However they are much more stable. The larger boxes let me put more tools in them and use them for more than just welding related tools. So that saves on valuable floor space in the shop. This also means it's heavier though. The side opening drawers on mine work great when I'm organized and working in the shop with the welder in their specified space. However when they get moved around sometimes the side drawers are an issue. Ultimately I'm happy with mine. However when I build a new plasma cuter cart I may use the same box as you. Or just build something completely custom again. Anyway great job with yours. Turned out really nice.

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago +1

      Thanks. Yeah, so many options when building a cart. If I could find a tool box about half the height, I'd like to use that to build a plasma cart.

  • scott dupuis
    scott dupuis 2 months ago

    Do you have to wax it much.

  • Robert Brown
    Robert Brown 2 months ago +1

    Mate, that was a top notch build, and a very professional video👍.
    My view is that it is way over-engineered, and that’s from someone who is the master of over-engineering 😂.
    Having said that, I loved the way you overcame problems like bending that 1/4” plate.
    Your craft skills are superb.
    Robert Brown
    Sydney, Australia
    PS Thanks for some really good ideas for my own cart

    • 57moto
      57moto  2 months ago

      Thank you! I appreciate it and glad you got some ideas, that's what I love to hear!

  • Gregg W
    Gregg W 3 months ago +1

    Great video, you did a very nice job and I envy your shop.

  • shawn L
    shawn L 3 months ago

    If you so choose, would you be able to put an extra bottle so you can have your Ar and 50/50 Ar He?

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      I didn't design it for two bottles. You could make the cart longer and make a different bottle holder.

  • Stephen Ranti
    Stephen Ranti 3 months ago +1

    Beautiful work! Defiantly the tank of welding carts!!

  • Martin Adamczewski
    Martin Adamczewski 3 months ago +2

    Did a very good job on that and looks good.

  • Rickey Racer
    Rickey Racer 3 months ago +1

    That cart is AWESOME bro

  • guido ping
    guido ping 3 months ago +1


  • Steven Guillette
    Steven Guillette 3 months ago +4

    The way you did the bottle holder was the same idea I had with one exception, bolt and nylock on one side, bolt and wing nut on the other. Awesome job .

    • Cody Toews
      Cody Toews 2 months ago

      @57moto Hey , you could use a pin (like a receiver hitch pin, but obviously smaller lol) for the one side of your bottle clamp, it'd be quicker and easier

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago


  • Two Particular Acres
    Two Particular Acres 3 months ago +1

    I have been thinking of using the HF box for the basis of a weld cart for a long time but triaging fair projects always seems to move it down the list. Thanks for the inspiration and visualization that will force me to move it up on the list. You have a new subscriber!

  • Jursaw
    Jursaw 3 months ago +3

    Looks like a top of the line welding cart! Came out great

  • Craig Monteforte
    Craig Monteforte 3 months ago +2

    nicely done on the cart ! looks great and should last a couple of lifetimes

  • Jeremy Huff
    Jeremy Huff 3 months ago

    To anneal aluminum so it is easy to work with, an old body work guy taught me a trick. Use an acetylene torch without the oxygen turned on, this will create soot, coat your aluminum piece with it. Then fire up a rosebud and heat the aluminum till the soot burns off, this will be the perfect temp to make it soft and easy to work with.

  • lonnie blackwell
    lonnie blackwell 3 months ago +1

    That is a great cart that you built. Quality craftsmanship.

  • John Repic
    John Repic 3 months ago +1

    Great job !!

  • pat dee
    pat dee 3 months ago +2

    An outstanding job. Praise Jesus for those who try to do it "right" instead of "jes getter done". For there is a enough for the crap that is done in most cases today. Sad indeed.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago +1

      Thank you very much. I really appreciate those words!

  • gvente87
    gvente87 3 months ago +1

    Sweet build, matching powder coat takes it to a whole other level..very nice

  • charles howard
    charles howard 3 months ago +1

    Very nice cart,box fit like a glove excellent job. Thanks for sharing the video.

  • James Wiskus
    James Wiskus 3 months ago +1

    By the way, this is the finest example of metal work & welding. How long have you been involved in your craft?

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago +1

      Thank you. I see so many guys on RU-clip and Instagram that so talented at fabrication and I hope one day I can have half the skill they do!
      It was 2 or maybe 3 years ago, I took an adult education night class for welding at one of our high schools. It was one night a week for a semester. First semester was ARC welding and second semester was MIG. We didn't do any fabrication, just learned the basics of welding for $50 a semester. That's how I got started, got my Lincoln MP210 on sale and started playing in the garage. The first stuff I did was make some brackets and custom body work on a 1965 Honda Cub I'm still working on. One of the first things I made was creating a stamp to make and replace a rusted bracket on the Honda. Step one-
      I couldn't believe I was able to make that part out of a flat piece of sheet-metal... and I was hooked!! I just want to learn and get better.

    • James Wiskus
      James Wiskus 3 months ago

      57moto man it’s just scary how good you will be in 5 or 10 years, if that’s possible. Your attention to detail is off the chart. Did you go to a tech school?

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago +1

      Thank you so much!! I'm a beginner at this. I just started welding 2 or 3 years ago and just play around in the shop, I don't do this for a living. I've got a couple other videos on making my grinder stand and a chop saw stand. The chop saw stand was one of my first projects and caught only the very end of the build as far as filming goes. Check out some of my other videos if you have time. My latest is building a cargo rack for my motorcycle. Thanks again for the kind words!!

  • Hardwood Hollow Skills
    Hardwood Hollow Skills 3 months ago +2

    Very nice cart. You are a true craftsman.
    I am building a large 24"x36" welding cart to hold my Tig/Stick, Mig Welders and my Plasma Cutter all on ine cart. I am repurposing and modifying an angle iron base on wheels and a matching top frame. Every single part is recycled scrap from work and most is Stainless Steel.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago +1

      Thanks you! Recycled and free is awesome!! Best of luck on your build!

  • James Wiskus
    James Wiskus 3 months ago +2

    Nothing overbuilt here. You are a true craftsman. I would trust you to build anything for me. What is the name & brand of the red powder coat. I can’t believe the powder coater didn’t blast that one piece.

    • James Wiskus
      James Wiskus 3 months ago

      57moto they should redo it as a courtesy to you. If they know you have a channel they may beg for you to bring it back.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago +1

      Thank you! The color is MF red, sorry I don't know the brand. Yeah, I was totally disappointed they didn't blast it. I try to have all my stuff clean, sanded and blasted myself if I take it to powder coating. I just didn't on that part and it bit me in the butt. I never would have thought they would coat over the old powder coating.

  • Charles Elkins
    Charles Elkins 3 months ago +1

    Very nice.

  • Larry Collier
    Larry Collier 3 months ago +3

    really like your cart great job. You should look into getting a 20 ton HF press and a swag offroad press brake kit, all those bends you struggled with would have been easy. I dont use mine often buts its great to have when needed.

    • Brad Hedges
      Brad Hedges 2 months ago

      I was about to say the same thing. I don't use it very often, but I sure do love having it when I need it!

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago +1

      Yes, I would love to have the swag press kit!!! I have the HF 20 press and made a small brake out of scrap to bend the plate for the caster wheels. I might not have shown it in this video, but I have a 4 part video series on building this cart and those videos have a bit more than this shorter start to finish video. I didn't have enough metal to make a brake to bend the larger plate.
      Thanks for watching and the complement!!

  • Chad
    Chad 3 months ago +1

    awesome the ideas

  • Lisa G
    Lisa G 3 months ago +1

    Man that turned out nice. Very well thought out!

  • Terry K
    Terry K 3 months ago +1

    Nice craftsmanship and a well editedvideo to go with it. Good job!

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      Thank you, I appreciate it. I'm glad someone likes my video editing!!

  • Joe Framer
    Joe Framer 3 months ago +2

    Great cart..excellent work, but..a HF tool cabinet? After all the hard work...drop a Proto in there,

    • lonnie blackwell
      lonnie blackwell 3 months ago +2

      @57moto Don't worry about that HF box I have one and I love it it is really a strong little box.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      HAHA.. Thank you! I appreciate that!

    • Joe Framer
      Joe Framer 3 months ago +1

      57moto your too good for Harbor Freight.....Proto,,,American made too👍🇺🇸

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      I hadn't heard of Proto before. Just looked them up, very nice!

  • Allan Robichaud
    Allan Robichaud 3 months ago +1

    Nice job. You are my newest subscription!! I like your shop, as well!

  • Timothy Osborne
    Timothy Osborne 3 months ago +1

    Great Job.

  • SSRacing66
    SSRacing66 3 months ago +2

    Looks good Boss, maybe a little heavy, but WTH, you're not going to be carrying it around ;)

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      HAHA, Thanks. Yeah, the 1/4" plate was heavy, but the price was right!

  • goodinplenty1
    goodinplenty1 3 months ago +1

    Great cart!

  • Joe Dukes
    Joe Dukes 3 months ago +1

    Very nice quality job. Also there is an app called I bend pipe that is very useful for pipe bending. As an electrician I use it often.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      Thank you. I'll look into that.

  • Lance Russell
    Lance Russell 3 months ago +1

    Looks great I'll bet it work great also nice job

  • dandexinventor
    dandexinventor 3 months ago +1

    nice work!

  • seymour scagnetti
    seymour scagnetti 3 months ago +7


  • Dennis Schoessow
    Dennis Schoessow 3 months ago +1

    Over built or not, You did a fantastic Job!! This is a good marketing project to show case what you can do to perspective customers. Everything in your shop should be like this!

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate your comment! I do this just for fun and just seem to spend money. I'm still learning how to fabricate stuff. I agree, it's nice to have a well built item in the shop. If you have time, check out one of my first videos on my chop saw cart that has a swiveling material support. The video is more after the fact, because I hadn't made any fab videos prior to that, but check it out if you're interested.

  • Bam Customs
    Bam Customs 3 months ago +1

    Well Done!!! Think I'll build some of those for myself.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      Awesome!! Thank you!!

  • kevin overholtzer
    kevin overholtzer 3 months ago +1

    great job I know I need to learn how to bend stuff your video showed me how necessary it is. most people don't think of how hard it is to make a good handle.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      Thank you! Yes, finding ways to bend metal really opens the possibilities and makes for a better product in the end. If you have time, check out my video on my DIY motorcycle cargo rack. You can watch me struggle bending some tubing, but in the end, it came out great!

  • Chris Thompson
    Chris Thompson 3 months ago +2

    In 1 word.....Sweeeeeeet!!!

  • Steve Janka
    Steve Janka 3 months ago +1

    Good afternoon, great looking job. A really useful and efficient welding cart. What kind of black mask were you using on the welding and grinding operations. Thanks for the great video. You take care.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      Thank you! It's
      I think I got mine on either amazon or ebay.

  • Paul Strehlow
    Paul Strehlow 3 months ago +1

    Very nice build, gave me some ideas for all my scrap laying around the shop.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      Thank you! That's awesome, glad you got some ideas and want to build something!!!

  • lazerbeam
    lazerbeam 3 months ago +2

    Nice job. My only thing that I might do different is for the bottle strap. I would either use a wing nut or a pin rather than a bolt and nut to undo the strap.

    • Rope Tangler
      Rope Tangler 3 months ago +1

      @57moto I would make the same comment as laserbeam, a really nice job but I would have used a leather strap with a brass or stainless buckle. You can get the materials at a saddler or leather supplies business. Much lighter and easier to use and not susceptible to powder coat chipping either, but that said you did a great job and it is a real credit to you.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      Yeah, someone else commented about a wing nut, a pin or even just welding a nut to the strap. All great ideas.

  • MetalWorks Machine Shop
    MetalWorks Machine Shop 4 months ago +1

    Nice looking cart. Probably a bit pricey in the end , but you can say ,, I built it.. and still way cheaper than a ZT Fab cart , that you still have to weld it together.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      Thank you. Yeah, the project was an excuse for a project and the play with my welder!!

  • Ted Mattingly
    Ted Mattingly 4 months ago +1

    You can use some Alumirod and a mapp gas torch to fill in and fix the crack on your aluminum tube bracket. It works great.
    Nice job on the cart.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago +1

      Thanks, I'll look into that.

  • archangel20031
    archangel20031 4 months ago

    There are these places called scrap yards, or recycle centers where people take spare metal and aluminum cans and sell it.
    You can also buy metal there for cheap!

    • Chris Gilliam Man Stuff
      Chris Gilliam Man Stuff 3 months ago

      @57moto Our local scrap place doesn't sell to the public, but I imagine bigger ones do.

    • 57moto
      57moto  3 months ago

      Good call. I'll have to check out a local recycle center.

  • John Gibson
    John Gibson 4 months ago +1

    Very nice

  • Alexander Garcia
    Alexander Garcia 4 months ago +1

    Great idea building on something premade. I should try this with my powerarc and make another cart.