Plywood Storage Cart #1: Plywood/Lumber cart musings - or How I would like to clean my garage!

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Blog entry by chopnhack posted 01-30-2012 08:22 AM 55914 reads 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Part of my problem, which I assume all woodworkers have is that there is no such thing as scrap wood….thus the piles of ply and lumber everywhere. This leads me to where I am now, musing over a design or two to aid in my quest for floor space and for that matter to just be able to see my floor!

At this point I grow weary of looking at sketchup and would like your thoughts.

Picture #1 – the overall design, partly borrowed from the generic A frame you have all seen around, with a twist?
Picture #2 – Shows a section to reveal torsion box bottom.
Picture #3 – more platform detail

Question: Is clamp storage on the lumber cart a good idea or too distant to be of use? The shop is a two car garage so its not like walking to the moon and back! I have no set place for the clamps yet and as you can see from the section photo, that is a lot of valuable real estate being used up on the inside of the cart – if the clamps don’t get stored there, I can possible store 1/2 ripped sheets in that area!

So what’s the twist? – You can barely make it out in the bottom view photo, but I was thinking about putting a 4’ t-track on either side of one of the A frame sheets of plywood to allow me to place a few long boards to act as clamps across the face of the stored plywood pieces – thinking thin stuff that likes to flex like hardboard and other sheet goods like veneer. This would still allow me put other sheet on top of the thin stuff without damaging them or having them move around. Ultimately some type of ability to separate the different thicknesses would be nice, but I don’t believe I could do it on this 24” wide model without losing too much storage capacity.

Fire away :-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 04:45 PM

Looks pretty good.

Re: Clamp storage, I say store lumber with lumber & clamps with clamps. Just my 0.02.
Re: Twist, not 100% sure of your plan, but I can see this working. Perhaps flat bar steel/aluminium with wood spacers at the T-Track could save space???

I like the Skech-Up rendering. I really need to figure out how to use it!!! I mean I can “draw/build” a 2”x4”x8’, but that pretty much the extent of my Sketch-Up abilities.

Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 06:34 PM

I would leave the “center space” for odds of lumber you have, make another type of cart just for clamps !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 01:29 AM

Consider the plan from

You don’t necessarily need to buy the plans, but it has definite options to use the bins or one of the interior shelves for clamp storage until you decide exactly how and where to store them (it may end up in the cart, who knows?)

Besides, you will have a ton of scraps to store as well, and this cart does that. I will be building something similar in the summer.

-- I can complicate anything

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 08:59 PM

On to part 2 ;-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 09:25 PM

I built one similar to this and can’t stress enough to use large heavy duty casters. You will regret not doing so as soon as you load it up and try to move it. Don’t ask me how i know that

I designed mine for full sheets on one side and partial sheets on the other with full length / partial width sheets in the center space.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 02-01-2012 02:16 AM

Rick, we’re twins! That’s exactly what I was thinking in terms of storage as I am fortunate enough to have some rack space along a wall in the garage but desperately need sheet storage. I see how you trapped the A frame at the bottom so it would not need additional mid-bracing. Very craft sir, very crafty indeed :-) I was going to pocket screw the length of each A frame sheet as it meets the platform, but didnt enjoy the thought of having to crawl through that narrow tunnel! I’ll post my new sketchup and a pic of the platform in part 2

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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