Lumber Cart

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Project by Peteyb posted 01-22-2013 04:37 PM 10121 views 26 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was starting to collect a lot of scrap wood and needed to find a better place to put it. I am sharing a two car garage with my wife so I need to allow for her car to get parked in. She has been saying that there was no more room for her to park. So I sat down and tried to figure out what I could build that would work for me. I first went to Sketchup and worked with that and now know how to use it for at least this project.

Overall dimensions are 24”x96”x34 1/2”. You can see that I beefed up the bottom to make sure that it would hold all the weight and not sag. I used 5” swivel locking casters so that it will be easy to push around. I had to used 4 sheets of 3/4” plywood. I got all my materials with some smart shopping for about $250. First photo is the bottom of the base. It shows how I beefed it up with some 4”x 3/4” hard maple. The second photo is the insides of what I call my cut off bin. Photo three shows the sheet goods cut off area and the side to the cut off bin. Four shows the end of the sheet cut offs and the full sheet storage. Photo 5 gives you another look in the cut off bin.

I was to tired last night when I finished it to start cleaning up and filling this thing up so I will post some more pictures when I get a chance. I will also work on trying to figure out how to put my Sketchup drawings up too.

Let me know what you think and if you have any questions.


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#1 posted 01-22-2013 05:08 PM

Cool design nice work.


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#2 posted 01-22-2013 07:08 PM

This is a great addition to a small shop.

-- "What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway." -Mother Teresa

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 07:10 PM

Any scraps left from this project? Nice job.

-- "What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway." -Mother Teresa

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 07:36 PM

a1Jim thanks for the look.

CatholicWoodworker there were very little scraps as I tried to really work this all out so I wouldn’t have more, but now I have a spot to put them all.

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 11:24 PM

Nice design for a versatile cart. Wish my lumber would fit in it and I had room for it! ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 01-23-2013 06:51 AM

nice cart, but i guess you got the room for an 8 footer

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#7 posted 01-23-2013 09:02 AM

cool project, good place to store loads of scraps and sheet wood. Only one little thing bothers me with ur design: whats the purpose of stair design of shelf section since its closed from 3 sides? wouldnt be better to have used all the space and make same depth sf all shelfs and not to have unused space in middle?

Great work.

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#8 posted 01-23-2013 02:12 PM

Great project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 01-23-2013 02:43 PM

Great design, very useful!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 01-23-2013 03:34 PM

Thanks everyone so far for the kind words and liking my project. If you are planing on using it or have an questions let me know and I will help you out.

woodieSLO I designed that area with the shelves for lumber cut off pieces. This way I did it to know what size the pieces will be in the stair design shelf area. The area in the back will be able to store the pieces that are taller then the bottom shelf 18”.

I have been to busy to put all my scraps in it to show you as an example how it all works. When I get all my scraps picked up I will take a photo and post it here to show everyone.


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#11 posted 01-23-2013 08:05 PM

Nice looking cart. My only fear would be how heavy
it will be all loaded up. Best of luck moving it.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#12 posted 01-24-2013 04:19 PM

Well I have been working on filling the beast up and its pretty full here are some pics of it with scraps in.

I like the cut off part that I built here. Now knowing how long each box is I ruffly know what I have for scraps when looking for them and don’t have to hunt and measure everything.

SteveW Loaded up it is still pretty easy to move around. I figured it would be since I have been building a mobile table saw/router table that is nearly finished and probably has a lot more weight on that then my lumber cart. You can view my mobile table saw/router table

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