organization #2: a simple, rolling, scrap wood, scrap wood holder

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 05-13-2010 10:51 AM 5954 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just before starting the new job, I decided to clean up one little area in front of my garage and log racks. I used some 2×4s from that Mexican restaurant that closed down, and pine slats from crates from a restaurant next door to that which was receiving kitchen appliance deliveries at the time (both scores – junky as they may be – here). The wheels were rescued from the simple 2×4 hand truck I made awhile ago, which broke (last 2 pics) from dragging too many huge logs from my truck to the back yard.

rolling cart for scrap wood

rolling cart for scrap wood

The slats stick a bit past the 2×4s on the opposite side of the wheels to act as little handles. I also measured the 2×4s such that even with the wheels, the tops are at the same height. The cross bars are measured down from the top so as not to fight the mismatched bottoms. There’s a short 2×4 on each side screwed straight into the vertical 2×4s, and the pine sides are screwed into the verticals, and the ends of these short 2×4s.

This is the area I wanted to clean up a little bit:

messy area in front of the garage and log racks

It’s been looking a bit like I’m that junk-collector on the otherwise pristine block (at least this is all hidden behind a fence closer to the front yard):

messy area in front of the garage and log racks

messy area in front of the garage and log racks

After the small stuff was up, I could get to all this debris and sweep up:

messy area in front of the garage and log racks

And here’s the rack filled up:

rack filled with scrap wood

I use this stuff for small turnings (bottle stoppers), firewood, in planed glue-ups for making larger blocks from pallets, and in the case of 2×4s, for slicing up into stickers. Too, apparently, sometimes pieces get used in building carts for holding more of this stuff :)

rack filled with scrap wood

rack filled with scrap wood

A bit cleaner now:

slightly cleaner patio area

I recognize that there are still some piles of large stumps, but at least there’s also some clean cement again, too. Also note in the bottom left of the image that The Monster is returning. Those morning glories spread over the red fence that used to be here and destroyed it, and also went through my window into my bedroom and into my closet and up through my clothes, around the house into 2 outdoor cabinets, wrapping around all of the things inside on the shelves, and also into the hot water heater cabinet where they threatened all of the fittings and pipeworks inside by tightly winding around them. I hacked them to the ground with an axe, but they sprung right back. Don’t fall asleep near these things for too long. They’ll getcha.

It’s nice that the cart rolls, because sometimes I have something big to drag back there, or I want to use the patio area for something, or I just want to sweep up. Now I can finally move this little stockpile around, and even full like this, it’s pretty light and easy to manage. The cart is very sturdy as well. It only took a couple of hours to put together, and I designed it as I built it. All cuts were done with a 20” Irwin coarse-cut carpenter saw, with the wood laid over a Chinese elm stump while cutting. Fast and simple, and satisfying.

As I need more room, I’ll take the junkiest stuff out and bring it to my friends’ house for another outdoor bonfire. We went through a lot at the last one, but I still came back with half of what I brought over, which was only a 1/5th of scraps I have waiting here. Looks like we’ll have a bunch of weenie roasts this summer!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 05-13-2010 12:17 PM

Boy I need to come over, I could use some wood. LOL Lets do lunch soon Gary as I would love to learn about taking these logs and making lumber out of them..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-13-2010 12:50 PM

Looks good Gary, I likethe idea of the wheelbarrow type system. Does help to get some more stuff out of the way.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 05-13-2010 02:13 PM

Gary, I feel your pain brother. I know what it’s like to not be able to pass up any wood free for the taking. But, my friend, you must be able to tell that you have more wood than you can possibly use. At some point, you will have more than you can use in your lifetime, if you keep going at this pace. Or, you’re going to have to drastically increase your output. Oops, sorry, that’s what my wife told me just before she told me I’m not allowed to bring home anymore wood. I think my supply of wood is down to about three years given my current rate of usage. Anyway, from a recovering wood addict, I wish you well.


-- Jim

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#4 posted 05-13-2010 03:59 PM


Nice cart!!

I was just thinking about you the other day. A former student- now a teacher- had a Honey Locust tree cut down and he offered me some of the wood. As I was loading the truck, I thought of your adventures in wood gathering.

I only picked up a few pieces- Have 2 bowl blanks roughed out. One large pot spoon- would have been two but the handle split- several spatulas and a few pieces left for a couple of smaller utensils. Nothing to compare to some of your scores!!

BTW, how’s the new job going?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 05-13-2010 09:34 PM

It must be something in the Air.. I have just finished…? do we ever finish…? clearing our my woodstore...

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Gary Fixler

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#6 posted 05-16-2010 12:18 PM

Ken – thanks! Though I’m definitely no pro yet, as the piles of moldy and checked slabs can attest :)

Jim – Speaking of OutPutting, you’re right. Now I have less time than ever to make things. I’m in need of some serious time-management skills training.

Lew – Congrats on the score! The new job is going great. I’ll make an update post one of these days.

Larry – You are a stronger person than I. I couldn’t burn THAT much wood! I’ll just have to trust you that it was the really crappy stuff.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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