drywall cart

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Project by modal posted 12-06-2010 08:27 AM 5362 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Starting with a simple base and wheels, the project was completed out of scrap lumber using deck screws in an afternoon. The bottom edge of the sheet was held in place by a 2×2 acting as a cleat and running the length of the cart. The two angled supports were connected together end to end by a 2×2 and a 2×4 several inches below the top and were firmly attached to the two uprights but were simply toenailed-in an inch and a half from the cleat on each end so as to provide a well where the sheet could sit (don’t repeat that out loud too fast). A back brace was used for adding rigidity. Wheel diameter was critical, depending upon debris, I would recommend 4’ or larger. Wheels on the near end were fixed, and on the other end were swivel, the fixed end held the cart for loading. I used it for both drywall and OSB board transport. Width was made 30” so that it would fit through all the doors of my shop freely, length was 6’. The bed of the cart and the vertical supports were brought in arbitrarily 3” from the backside. This turned out to be critical once the panel was on the cart and the reason was not obvious at the time, it just looked like the right thing to do. A simple loading technique for OSB, which was laying flat instead of vertical like the drywall, was to drag the board onto a small wagon above the height of the cleat and then flip it onto the cart. It then could be tipped up and set onto the panel saw for cutting. The vertical supports were 43 inches long, all the rest was by eyeball and deckscrew.

-- Ed Kimble, Columbia City, Indiana,

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 04:48 AM

Also a handy way to move plywood.

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 03:23 PM

appreciated the idea. just was looking to purchase an expensive cart but now will just make one on site.thanks.

-- Just hammering through life!!!

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