Lumber Cart - Utilitarian Version

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Project by Holbs posted 01-18-2014 09:57 PM 3222 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version of the ever popular Lumber Cart. This was created on the foundation of all other similar lumber carts here on LJ, with a couple exceptions.
1.) took 4 hours to build. I 98% built this in frustration after the Pittsburgh Steelers were knocked out of the playoffs by an easy 40yr field goal.
2.) all wood was scrap i had laying around, taking up space for no reason. either ditch it or … make a lumber cart!
3.) 5” castor wheels
4.) 3’wide x 4’long. i’ll never use it for 8’ boards or panels in my small shop.
5.) i cut a notch out on the panel side, for future use of my poor-eric-panel-saw with the use of my soon to be first ever used Grizzly track saw.

I would not of bothered to put this up into the Finished Project for all to see. But I did want to give new people getting into woodworking, hope. NOTHING was measured or done right at all with this thing. Every piece is 1/8” off here or there. Everything was just slapped together by eye and pencil. BUT, you can too build something imperfect that is needed in your shop. I had lumber laying around becoming tripping hazard, falling over hazard, etc. I knew I needed a lumber cart but kept delaying because a bit skittish at making the PERFECT project. Well, this is totally opposite. Nothing here in perfect and it was meant to be that way :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 01:12 AM

I liked it very much, probably because, i am yet to have one for my shop. Your design, is simple yet so funcational in many ways, i liked the inclined side for panel boards and that foresight of a notch for a future use. Thanks for sharing, as far as the shop utility items are considered your lumber cart is a completed project.


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#2 posted 01-19-2014 03:57 AM

great lumber cart,i understand working out in the shop after a upsetting football game.keep safe.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 01-19-2014 04:12 AM

I still need to build one of these, my lumber is piled up all over my garage, and like everyone else I manage to keep EVERYTHING. Great work, I find these quick projects inspiring and they keep me motivated for the bigger stuff. Keep up the great work!

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#4 posted 01-19-2014 06:26 AM

as i said.. this was mainly to show what beginner wood workers can do for their shop needs without worrying about perfect dado cuts or 90degree angles. tis not needed in such a project as this.
also, i found out.. it also tells you about your limit of scrap lumber to keep in your shop. where as before, i had TOO much.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#5 posted 01-19-2014 01:05 PM

Nice work. Very inspiring.

-- "Man Plans and God Laughs"

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 01:48 PM

Mr H0lbs – great project. while I grew up with a dad that was into wood working I never got into it myself until about 5 years ago, when my dad died. . Now at 57 years old, I have most of his tools and I which I had started earlier.

I love your design. I created something last year and while happy with it, yours is better thought out.

However, I obsess with getting the cuts right. That is not to say I often do… I just obsess. Off to view your other projects.

My nephew is a hugh Steeler fan. Sorry for your loss, BUT with today being Championship Sunday… looks to be an exciting finish to the NFL season!

God Bless.

-- Harold

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#7 posted 01-19-2014 02:35 PM

Just a thought -

On your panel cutting side, I see that it has one solid piece of plywood. My thought is to cut that in two giving in maybe a 1/2 inch gap. This would allow you to use that gap for the blade to run through without chewing up the panel. So rather then the panel being a sacrificial board, it’s a permanent support board.

-- Harold

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#8 posted 01-19-2014 02:47 PM

I just received my track for my Grizzly track saw Saturday after a snafu from Amazon. I ordered track saw, accessory pack, and track before Christmas but Amazon mistakenly shipping a 4’ hickory walking cane instead of track :) But now I have it, I’ll snap a picture of what the notch will be used for later today.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#9 posted 01-19-2014 02:48 PM

Nice project. Philosophically, though, I thing good time for beginners to start striving for accuracy is before it matters. Before they are cutting the $109 piece of plywood. : ) Why let an opportunity for practice pass by unused?

As still more or less a beginner myself, one of my biggest revelations was to copy lengths, and mark them with a knife, rather than using a ruler.


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#10 posted 01-19-2014 02:58 PM

bill.. i just wanted beginners to realize after seeing all the pristine beautiful projects here on LJ’s that it was not necessary to have every project requiring dado’s and perfect cuts. I do agree, it adds experience and training for other projects to come. However, this was HASTILY put together with a tape measure, pencil, glue, and circular saw, not with a router or table saw or mitre saw, etc. I wouldn’t recommend this for everyone, but there are beginners out there who are surely intimidated or do not have the tools for perfection, yet who need lumber carts of some sort.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#11 posted 01-19-2014 03:34 PM

All good stuff here – love the commentary and view points. God Bless Lumber Jock – this is such a grand web site.

-- Harold

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#12 posted 01-19-2014 03:40 PM

This will be a nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 01-20-2014 10:45 PM

I like it! And sometimes beginners (cause I still consider myself one) put off making a project because they feel the need to be dead-on-accurate. I know I’ve done it. But this is a great project. Very useful. And yeah… something to put together, strive to get things exactly right… but if it doesn’t… that’s ok. It’s just a lumber cart. LOL.

One question… I see that the top piece does hang over above the storage area. Was this to make use out of the top? Or did you know you wouldn’t store any pieces any higher than that in those bins?

Again… great cart. I love it.

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#14 posted 01-21-2014 01:18 AM

thanks Angie.
The top part is wider than the top itself for a couple purposes: more real estate uptop (if you read previous posts of lumber carts, everyone says they keep putting stuff up there), and to “limit” how tall of a piece can set in the bins. If the piece is taller than the top piece, than it has no business being there.
What I also like about this smaller lumber cart version is that it limits my entire scrap in my shop. If it doesnt fit on the cart or makes the cart TOO heavy to push around.. something has to go. Or I would have to construct a more heavier duty cart bottom frame.
By looking at your scrap lumber.. I think you would need a lumber cart 8’ long and made out of titanium :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#15 posted 01-27-2014 10:22 AM

You’re setting a great example for the LJs! When the Pats lost I ate a box of ginger snaps – I should have gone to the shop and banged out something useful.

Seriously, as you know it’s very traditional to eyeball stuff. The real old timers used their body parts to measure up the first furniture cuts then used the first cut piece after that. I’ve learned that plans and close measurement are a product of the machine age.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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