Workshop 2019 #4: Lumber Cart: Part 1

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Blog entry by KettleWorkshop posted 06-06-2019 05:18 AM 367 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Putting the leg situation with the assembly table on hold for a moment (I think I am on version 5 of the legs?), I decided to tackle another large project, though somewhat simple; a lumber cart.

Currently my lumber is in a haphazardly build framed area of my garage. Its a mess and I cant find anything when I need it. I really dont even want to show it.

Point is. Not ideal. Need something better.

While looking at ideas, the thought occurred to me that I happen to have these two giant assembly tables that I need to store..someplace. Idea!

What if I built a lumber cart that doubled as a storage cart for the assembly tables?

So what were my realities?
  • Store Lumber and Sheet Goods (and per the excellent advice from WoodWorkingForMereMortals, I realized I rarely ever had full sheets of plywood laying around. Maybe a half a sheet.
  • Store my assembly tables in an easy to access and easy to move out of my way fashion
  • Have a minimal footprint.

And thus, we have:

Two bays to fit longer pieces of dimeonsional lumber, a medium sized area, a drawer for small cut offs, and a area for sheet goods that can easily store 4ft x 6ft (standing on 4ft side). And, a way to store my assembly tables.

Lets build it..

The base, a little overly beefy for a 4ft x 3ft (2’10”) foot print.

It came together pretty quick. Assembly table bays with their double thick (2×3/4” Ply) seperator/upright support:

The uprights of the lumber bays were next. Along with their backer piece. Together, this creates the functional sheet goods bay.

And then wheels…

So again, overbuilt. Each are 275lb capacity. So math says combined weight of 1650lbs in a 12sq ft area? Yeh, that should be fine for me.

Still need to do another piece of the front, which will integrate the shelf for the middle section which is for shorter pieces. And, if you noticed the cutout in one picture, the drawer for the small parts.

Only problem i am going to have is applying poly. I am not hand rubbing or painting poly on this thing. Nope. I need to go get me a sprayer cause oh jeez.

-- If you don't throw out the original design at least 2 times, you aren't finding all the imperfections.

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