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jnovak

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12-28-2019 03:35 PM

Hey Lumberjock friends,

I’ve recently moved my wood shop from my basement out to my 2-car garage. I have a bunch of scrap lumber left over from various wood projects over the years but I’ve been too lazy to look into building a wood storage cart. Now that I plan on spending more time in my wood shop (and it’s in a garage), I’d like to store all this scrap wood in one location and make it mobile.

I’ve got a rough idea of how I want to make it but thought I’d reach out to you folks to see what you’re using for wood storage and if you might have some good ideas and/or plans for building a mobile wood storage cart?

Thanks,
Jeff


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JackDuren

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#1 posted 12-28-2019 08:46 PM

Why buy and store just buy and use what you need. many purchase and store limber and shrink there shops over this ..if your set on a storage cart look on Google or pinterest. ..

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#2 posted 12-28-2019 09:14 PM

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/tag/lumber+cart

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#3 posted 12-28-2019 11:05 PM

I built a monster I could roll around my garage. It’ll hold several hundred pounds of boards, edging and so on. It has three wheels under each corner and, even with four or five hundred pounds on it, I can move it with one hand. I stole the three caster idea from the little units they sell to put under the four wheels of a car, to move it around.

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#4 posted 12-29-2019 12:34 AM

I will be building a similar design as this one https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/48315 for my next cart. I will probably do more of an “A” shape so i have some space down the center for longer stock. Having a place to break down sheet goods with the track saw that is on wheels sure beats getting out the saw horses and lifting the big jerks. 3/4 birch seems to get heavier the longer im out in the shop.

I try not to keep a lot on hand but when you know people with a mill or people who sell reclaimed lumber from old barns you never know what they are going to message you with.

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BB1

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#5 posted 12-29-2019 02:51 AM

I based mine on the WWMM (Steve Ramsey) plan (https://woodworkingformeremortals.com/make-a-rolling-lumber-cart/).

This is mine soon after I built it (bit more full/cluttered now!):

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#6 posted 12-29-2019 04:17 PM

I am curious BB1 why you inverted the a-frame on the WWMM cart? It seems like that would make the plywood more likely to fall over and it wastes a little space for the amount of plywood you can store as well?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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BB1

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#7 posted 12-30-2019 03:34 AM

Actually is straight up and down. I just lean the plywood. This pic is bit better (I agree the other does look angled). Likely would be better to have angled (A-frame) it but guessing at the time this was within my skill set!


I am curious BB1 why you inverted the a-frame on the WWMM cart? It seems like that would make the plywood more likely to fall over and it wastes a little space for the amount of plywood you can store as well?

- Lazyman


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Lazyman

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#8 posted 12-31-2019 02:01 AM

Hah. That’s an odd illusion.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 12-31-2019 02:34 AM

I once had a vast collection of scraps then I found the best storage bin for them:

All kidding aside, I have really started burning/tossing anything not large enough for at least a door rail and plywood not big enough for a drawer bottom.

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BB1

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#10 posted 12-31-2019 03:15 AM


Hah. That s an odd illusion.

- Lazyman


I know..funny how that first pic gave a distorted view.

For small pieces I also use shallow clear storage totes so I can have similar type of wood grouped together. Not always done perfectly, but does save some time when looking for a particular piece. I have these stacked under my one work bench and on some shelves.

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#11 posted 12-31-2019 02:43 PM

I built one similar to what has been shown above, but still needed something for the smaller bits of better quality woods that I seem to store until I gather the strength to watch them go into the fire pit. Sometimes, I get lucky and the perfect piece is in there for a small project. The cart below is in my projects and it’s a pretty straightforward build.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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sansoo22

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#12 posted 12-31-2019 04:02 PM

I’ve been considering something similar to your design Dan for small cut offs. I try not to keep much around but if im in the mood to build small keepsake/jewelry boxes the little “nice” scraps come in handy. I’ve actually found enough to build an entire box in one of the buckets on the floor.

The only thing I might do differently is put on a back and angle the shelves at like 10 deg. That way everything “should” stay in place when I’m rolling it around and hit something i left on the floor.

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controlfreak

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#13 posted 12-31-2019 04:48 PM

My scrap piles grow faster than my scrap using projects can reduce them. I am starting to think I need a scrap shed.

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#14 posted 12-31-2019 05:32 PM

Another vote for the WWMM Lumber Rack.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#15 posted 12-31-2019 05:50 PM

Here’s mine……! I built it about 13 years ago…It’s 3/4” Birch plywood, and it’s 4’ wide, 4’ high, and about 2’ deep, and on 2” rollers…!!!

The front is 18” high……! It holds the bigger to small cut-offs, and I finished it with 2 coats of Tung oil…..Works good. A lot of the small scraps go into the fireplace…..After a while, they begin to grow….!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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