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Project by Sandra posted 12-07-2012 12:36 AM 8683 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Frankencart was made based on the wood scraps I had on hand. I had 3/4” plywood left from my planer cart, so the largest piece was used for the base and I worked from there. It’s based somewhat on LJ Ellen35s cart because I wanted a section in the back for sheet goods.

I went crazy using my dado blade. I was having so much fun that I cut dadoes on both sides of each large triangular divider, forgetting that I didn’t need them for the end dividers. By the time I was ready to make the secondary dividers, I had used up most of my larger pieces of plywood, so those are a hodge-podge of different pieces of lumber. The back section for sheet goods is framed with the failed attempts at routing stopped grooves and a few pieces of warped wood.

Without the casters, the cart is 31” high, 46” long and 28” deep. It would have been nice to have the length at 48” for sheet goods, but when I buy plywood, I get it cut down at the store and the large pieces get used right away anyway.

This was an enjoyable project and used up a lot of the scraps I had been accumulating. It rolls on six 3” casters and fits perfectly between the end of my workbench and the wall. The casters were the only items I had to buy.

Lots of sawdust, organized storage. Works for me.


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 12-07-2012 12:46 AM

This looks like a great idea! I am just afraid of MY problems with throwing anything away would lead me to build a dozen or more of these. I think I need to go on the “quit scrapping” wagon!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 12-07-2012 12:55 AM

Thanks Mike. I could easily spend all my time organizing my shop and be quite happy doing it. Other than tools, though, I’m a ruthless thrower-outer.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 12-07-2012 01:34 AM

This is a super idea and well done!
If you look at my workshop you will notice a Huggies box and a few orange buckets in one picture.
Yeah, full of cuttoffs. I cant seem to bring myself to disguard them.
I will be using your idea.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 12-07-2012 01:43 AM

Always good to organize. At least that’s what they tell me :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-07-2012 01:54 AM

Chris – I was just ogling your shop, and had noticed the huggies box! Ellen35’s cutoff cart is nicely done. The other mobile carts I had seen were huge things that would take up too much room in my shop/garage.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 12-07-2012 02:24 AM

I could use this, all mine sits on a small shelf unit that I made or inside a packing crate. When they started to overflow too much I just made a dozen cutting boards. Might have to make another dozen soon.

-- A posse ad esse

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#7 posted 12-07-2012 05:10 AM

I need one too! I have boxes full of cut offs and the stuff in the bottom never get seen again!

I like this because everything is visible but I would need one at least twice that size!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#8 posted 12-07-2012 11:44 PM

Girl you get way tooooo organized …. :-)

take care

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#9 posted 12-08-2012 01:28 AM

Using what was once thought of as “scraps” and it’s functional to boot. What more could you ask… it’s great!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 12-08-2012 06:26 PM

Very nice – I should probably make something like this – right now I’m tossing all of my “leftovers” into the same bin, and digging through it to look for bits I need for a project can be a serious pain.

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#11 posted 02-04-2013 05:25 AM

yep- liking this. I could really use some organization of my wood and scraps beyond my highly ineffective “piles” system. Now to seach those piles for the wood to make it…

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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#12 posted 02-04-2013 01:28 PM

This looks great. I am going to have to build myself one of these based on your design. Looks like you’ve thought of almost everything. Thanks!

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#13 posted 02-04-2013 02:31 PM

Thanks gents,

After having used this for a while now, it’s messier but still keeping my scraps tidy. The only thing I would change is if you make it a touch longer than 4’ so that you can fit a 1/2 piece of 4×8 ply in the back.


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#14 posted 02-04-2013 02:49 PM

I’m late to the party, but nicely done.

I need to make something along these lines. I’ll have to wait though, until my shop setup solidifies & dictates a location and space availabilty!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#15 posted 02-13-2013 02:49 AM

I’m later yet. Your projects are all helpful for making woodworking safe and easier. I’m just starting and going backwards. LOL!

You could modify the back with a rack to hold the plywood sheets?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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