Roll Around Paint Storage Cart

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-04-2014 02:55 AM 3097 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a lot of paint and solvents stored on the floor in my shop and I have been meaning to do something to store it so I can access it better.Itgot to the point where I was just tired of looking at it and stopped all the other stuff and drew up a plan for a cart today. I had all these scraps of plywood I just picked up from a laser company and in there were some big 5×5 sheets with all these 1/4” holes burned into them and I thought I’ll never use that stuff!! It urns out it was just the size I needed.

The cart is made of 5/8 maple plywood with all the parts screwed together. I did some dadoes on the outer supports to catch the shelves. There are 6 caster screwed into T nus on the bottom. I finished the top with shellac. The rest of it is just raw . I’m debating if I made real progress because I still have to bend down to see the stuff on the bottom shelf. It did clean up that corner nicely!! The second shot is the before shot.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 11-04-2014 03:01 AM

I’m not showing Sandra this one Jim or I’ll be in the gun to do a copy :)
Always the practical answer mate, this is a beaut

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 03:37 AM

Nice work Jim !
I thought I had a lot of cans of finish and stuff.
You beat me !

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#3 posted 11-04-2014 03:39 AM

Great idea! And, great to see someone else has (or, had) that corner collection of paint cans and supplies. I need to copy this, with your permission of course.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 11-04-2014 04:12 AM

Well , I can say this, you shop was more messy than mine. I know the feeling when everything else stops to do SOMETHING about SOMETHING that has bothered or aggravated you for awhile. Good work Jim, plus you can still utilize the top of the cart for more stuff.
And of course, it has wheels on it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 11-04-2014 06:49 AM

Good work Jim. That cart is a great idea. Nothing worse than rattling through tin after tin to find something….Just perfect for the home shop….....glad to see other folk have the same problem with messy storage, it will encourage me to keep on the anti mess trail myself.

Perhaps you could make a special pad for your knees when you get down to select stuff? Something with handles each side to assist with getting down and getting up again….....i do understand, I am only 2 years away from 70, my how time flies!!!!!



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#6 posted 11-04-2014 07:30 AM

Well done, thank you for sharing. But…no leg vise? ;)

-- Woodworking is a beautiful, physical, cerebral, and noble art.

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#7 posted 11-04-2014 07:56 AM

Great looking organiser Jim. I’ll never show my mess, it’s too embarrassing. Besides the shed fairy doesn’t come to my shed.
That is nice and sturdy and also provides the top for other “STUFF” LOL.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 11-04-2014 08:13 AM

Very good use of “holey” plywood. I can really use one of those but my shop is unavailable at this time, distance makes the desire grow stronger, my apologies for whomever’s bit of wisdom I just butchered.

-- jstegall

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#9 posted 11-04-2014 09:56 AM

A nicely made shed tidy Jim, I reckon you will be working on a taller base to get that bottom shelf higher. Good to see you are still getting a supply of plywood

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 11-04-2014 11:56 AM

Great solution Jim. I wish I had room for something like this in my shop. It looks very handy and you have sure managed to load a lot of stuff onto those shelves.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 11-04-2014 01:29 PM

I really like it Jim! Since open space is jealously gaurded in my garage, I need to consider the footprint. I won’t be using my cart for paints but for the tools and supplies I use very often. The time for that cart is now. Thank you sir.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 11-04-2014 01:33 PM

Looks like I have a new project. Great job Jim!

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#13 posted 11-04-2014 01:38 PM

Great use of reclaimed wood. Nice cart Jim.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#14 posted 11-04-2014 06:12 PM

Jim – I like it. Bonus – you have another movable table surface.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#15 posted 11-04-2014 08:07 PM

Very nice Jim,

Jim, you could always build a sturdy 2×4 stand underneath to elevate it, adding out riggers incase it might be top heavy, just a thought.

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