Lumber Storage Cart

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Project by JPCruising posted 11-25-2017 02:42 PM 2263 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My old lumber storage system hasn’t worked well for years which led me to search for a better solution. I really liked the cart featured in the Jan. 2001 issue #55 of ShopNotes. I pretty much followed their plans except that I used six 5” casters and beefed up the support for the casters. After deciding on this design, friends of mine asked if they could build one with me, so we joined up and cranked out two. That actually worked out extremely well as this project really needs two people at times. We used 3/4” plywood and I went the extra step of painting my cart. My smart wife suggested writing the dimension of the wood stored in the middle so I know the length without pulling it out. The front bins are really going to be helpful and the back side will store full/partial sheets of plywood.

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#1 posted 11-25-2017 02:59 PM

That is a nice looking cart.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 11-25-2017 03:13 PM

Great looking carts, I have had something very similar for 15 years, really helps with finding the piece you need. The only thing I added was to tack an old tape measure blade to top of side bin, saves running for a tape. The paint really sure makes the pieces more visible.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 11-25-2017 03:34 PM

Nice rack there! LOL! I need one of these

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#4 posted 11-25-2017 10:48 PM

Very nice project. This is the second time I’ve noticed your table saw over blade dust collector and wondered where I could get one. Please reply with make and model if you like to share.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#5 posted 11-26-2017 12:55 AM

Great cart. You’ll soon out grow it. I made one years ago and it has so much overflow, I need 3 of them!!
Nice work on it!!


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

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#6 posted 11-26-2017 01:07 AM

That’s a dandy looking storage cart.

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#7 posted 11-26-2017 02:35 AM

My overarm blade guard is an 18 year old Excalibur blade guard which is now being made by Saw Stop. I like the newer design but must say that mine has served me very well over all these years.

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#8 posted 11-26-2017 06:50 PM

I built that same cart a while ago and beefing up the wheels and wheel support is the right thing to do. I had to jack up the cart and beef it up after the fact, much more challenging that way. Nice work.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#9 posted 11-27-2017 09:06 PM

You’re really a Festool fan, aren’t you? :-)
Nice cart. I made one of these a long time ago, but ended up just storing things leaning against the wall. Either way, I have to lift sheets off/away to get what’s underneath… just me though, I’m sure this works great for you!

-- Pete

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