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Project by Tooch posted 12-18-2015 11:09 PM 6118 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, I have been getting fed up with the lackluster approach ive been using to organizing scrap wood in our school’s shop. I decided that I was going to blow it all up and start over, and am determined to rebuild a large section of our space.

First, I needed to get the existing scraps out. Luckily, I was able to use mostly scrap/ recycled wood to build this and kill 2 birds with 1 stone. The particle board was leftover from old prom decorations, and most of the dimensional lumber were cutoffs from coenhole boards or other outdoor projects. The only thing that I really “bought” were the caster, but the were going to be for another project that I haven’t gotten around to yet so I decided to use them for this.

Pic 4 shows the disarray of the old method of scrap storage. It was very cumbersome to search through and often could be dangerous, with pieces falling out onto your foot. Pic 5 shows the cleaned up version, much better.

The tops are designed to held pieces <16>. Anything longer than that can go in the area in between the sides. Eventually I will get a shelf or two inside there, but I ran out of scrap ply for now, and (full disclosure) motivation.

I also left a gap on the bottom (pic 6) so that I can fit a shop vac nozzle in the to clean out all the dust that will eventually accrue.

Thanks for looking, as always, comments, questions, or suggestions welcome.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 12-18-2015 11:36 PM

That is a real nice cart. I know the feeling or containing all that scrap.. Good job, Tooch!!

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

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#2 posted 12-19-2015 12:46 AM

Scrap areas are a necessity in most any shop, unless you throw it all away. That’s a nice cart and the wheels only make it better.

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

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#3 posted 12-19-2015 05:42 AM

That is really cool. I use a couple wheelbarrows as scrap bends but need to build something like this. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 12-19-2015 02:00 PM

This will make a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 12-19-2015 03:03 PM

Thanks guys.

Hoss the great thing about builds like this is that it’s totally utilitarian, and it really doesn’t matter how it “looks”. Sure you want it to be nice, but its great to be able to just pound boards together and not really worry about it being square, level, etc.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 12-27-2015 01:06 PM

Good one. It’s amazing how quickly cut-offs build up all over the place

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 12-06-2017 07:05 PM

Really nice. The old way you were storing cut offs was way better than my plastic tote on the floor. I really need to do something like this. Digging through my scrap bin is a pain. I usually just don’t and cut from a new board to save time. Which, in turn, makes even more cut offs. Vicious cycle. Thanks for the idea.

-- An open mind is apt to let anything in....or out!

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