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Project by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 05-18-2019 02:09 AM 538 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As most woodworkers realize how impossible it is to keep your lumber supplies organized. Over the past 5 years I have created so many projects in my attempt to solve this dilemma and to be honest some of them worked for a while and others failed miserably.
At the present moment I have 3 units that I currently fit all my scrap lumber and sheet goods into and they take up a decent amount of room in the shop. So I decided to try and fit all my scrap wood and sheet goods into 1 unit and alleviate some of the space that my current set up is taking up.

I will be breaking this project into 4 sections and they are:

PHASE 1 : Building the Vertical Storage Unit

PHASE 2: Building the Central Storage Section

PHASE 3: The Base, Front & Cart Back

PHASE 4: Cart Assembly

RESEARCH & DESIGN

I wish I could claim credit for this design but I was not the one who designed it. I came across this project on Pinterest and the original design came from DIY Montreal, you can find her website in the link and she also has free project plans to help make it. She also documented a project video on YouTube and you can watch it HERE.HERE..

MATERIALS NEEDED
This project requires the following materials in order to make the cart. Ask the home center to break down the 2 big plywood sheets, they are available in both sets of plans.

Qty 2 – Full sheets of 3/4” plywood

Qty 4 – 3” Casters

Wood Glue

1-1/4” wood screws

1-1/4” pocket hole screws

#12 3/4” Hex Head Slotted Sheet Metal Screws (I use these to secure the casters to the base)

PHASE 1Vertical Shelving Unit

The vertical storage sections is basically made up with 2 sides and 4 shelves, the shelves are secured with glue and screws into the dado’s that were cut using a dado stack installed into my tablesaw

Here is the completed shelving unit
Dado joints secure the shelves into the sides

PHASE 2 – CENTER BIN STORAGE

The second phase of the scrap wood storage cart dals with the central storage option. This is basically a bunch of cubbies that I plan on standing lumber in vertically.
The storage unit basically has 2 sides and 4 cubbies . The sides of the cubbies is angled from the back to the front.

Breaking Down the plywood sheet into the sides of the unit, using my circular saw and straight edge

Used my plunge router with a dado jig to cut the dado joints that will secure the dividers

Cut the dividers to final dimensions

Center Cubby Storage all complete

PHASE 3 – The Back, Base and Front

Phase 3 deals with the cart Base, Front and Back. This section is the final section where I will be cutting the final components of the cart before I start my assembly.

Here are the tasks that I completed in this section:

The Base and Casters The Back and Pocket Holes The Front

THE BASE & CASTER WHEELS
The base is pretty basic stuff but its role in the cart is crucial. The base is what all the other components that I made sit on, so it needs to cut to the exact size in order for everything to fit on it. As far as skill needed to create the base its very basic stuff but here is the order of events that went into prepping it.

Here is the underside of the base with the caster wheels all secured.

THE BACK

The back of the cart is basically a plywood panel that is secured on the back edge of the base, this panel defines the sheet goods storage space that I am building into the cart. In hindsight I wish this space was wider, because at 6” deep it really doesn’t cater to storing that much storage space, but anyway hindsight is a beautiful thing. The panel is basically a quarter sheet of plywood with pocket holes all the way along the long edge so as that it can be screwed into the base of the cart, I also positioned pocket holes on the back edge so as that I can secure the panel into the vertical shelving rack I built in phase 1.

Here is the back with all the pocket holes cut so as to attach the bac to the cart bottom and vertical shelving unit

THE FRONT

THE FRONT
Basically the front is a long piece of plywood that is positioned on the front of the cart, as you can see in the image there is very little to it. I basically cut the panel to 48” x 6” wide. But what you don’t really see is that I have drilled pocket holes into the back face of the plywood panel in order to secure into the base. Basically anything that is being secured into the base is pocket hole screwed with glue.

ASSEMBLY TIME

The assembly was done in the following sequence. Attached the vertical shelving unit to the base Attached the back to the cart Attached the Central storage cubby unit Attached the front


Vertical Shelving Unit installed with glue and pocket screws

Here is the back getting attached to the base and shelving unit, I used clamps to keep the back alighned.

Back installed

Made some layout lines so I knew where to add glue.

Finally secured the center storage unit with glue and pocket hole screws, all the pocket holes were added to hidden parts of the assembly. Although I have to say that I don’t really like using pocket hole joinery they do have these conveniences and uses especially in shop furniture.

The front is installed the same way as the rest of the project components using glue and pocket hole joinery.

THATS IT ALL FINISHED

Come Visit my blog on my website and also get my version of the free project plans

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com





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Roger

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#1 posted 05-18-2019 11:46 AM

Nice build. Everyone needs something like this. It really helps with the clutter of cut-offs all over the place

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

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Tooch

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#2 posted 05-18-2019 01:19 PM

Very cool and great documentation. good way to stay organized

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

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dustyal

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#3 posted 05-18-2019 03:12 PM

I plan on building this cart. I’m thinking I saw it somewhere… buildsomething.com? diymontreal.com? Called the Ultimate Lumber Storage Cart… ? I can’t recall.

thanks for posting. I need to get started.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#4 posted 05-18-2019 03:39 PM



I plan on building this cart. I m thinking I saw it somewhere… buildsomething.com? diymontreal.com? Called the Ultimate Lumber Storage Cart… ? I can t recall.

thanks for posting. I need to get started.

- dustyal


Hello II found the project on DIY MONTREAL.. I also posted a link to plans I made at the bottom of the post.

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#5 posted 05-18-2019 03:40 PM



Very cool and great documentation. good way to stay organized

- Tooch


Thanks

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#6 posted 05-18-2019 03:40 PM



Nice build. Everyone needs something like this. It really helps with the clutter of cut-offs all over the place

- Roger

Thanks Roger I could agree with you more

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com

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Hawaiilad

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#7 posted 05-19-2019 09:48 AM

I commend you on the build and the hope once full you put those scraps to good use before it overflows the way mine have.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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