Another lumber cart

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Project by oldnovice posted 12-22-2018 03:53 AM 600 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally built myself a lumber cart, totally out of material I had in my garage shop!
I had a bookcase that was a built-in in the house we had in back in Illinois. This bookcase was in the house when we bought it so it must be over 50 years old. I don’t know why I kept it but it was in my garage serving as a bookshelf lumber cart but not very efficiently as everything kept falling off. Every time I would find the piece of wood I wanted six and two thirds other pieces would fall out onto the floor!

Here are the steps for building this:
  1. turned the bookcase on its side
  2. removed the top, formerly one the side of the bookcase
  3. added some very old heavy duty barely functional casters as they were not being used
  4. reinforced the back as it was only 3/16” plywood
  5. cut the corners off the top the dividers as protection against sharp corners
  6. added a sheet stock ledge to the back

Not one single piece of new lumber was used and, in fact, I even reused some of the original nail holes as new screw holes.

The only regrets I have are:
  1. the original bookcase was built out of ¾” clear pine, over 50 years old, which I could have used for a project yet to be determined …..
  2. either the resulting cart does not have enough room or I have way way too much lumber as there really was not enough room for all that I had “squirreled” away …..

It works and it’s done!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

7 comments so far

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 12-22-2018 10:05 AM

Good job. Trying to keep order in the shop is a continual effort, I think.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 12-22-2018 01:47 PM

Now it looks like a lumber cart and will be more efficient. Good thinking. If all the wood still doesn’t fit in the cart, that means you have to build something and make smaller scraps. LOL. I had some pine like that when redoing some old closets in our old house. That’s top quality.

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

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#3 posted 12-22-2018 10:33 PM

That,s fantastic,
A 50 year old furniture of pine re created into something more useful on the day that will last another 50 years.
Absolutely brilliant. I love the color scheme also.

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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#4 posted 12-22-2018 11:10 PM

Brilliant. Never would have thought of turning an old shelf on it’s side to do this. Great thinking not ‘outside’ of the box but ‘on the other side’ of the box. :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#5 posted 12-23-2018 02:29 AM

Thanks to everyone!
Now that the cart is done my garage/shop does look a little more organized.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 12-23-2018 03:10 AM

you took an ok bookcase and turned it into really useful GREAT JOB:<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 12-26-2018 02:36 PM

No matter how big the storage cart there always seems to be too much to fit on it. Great recycle!


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

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