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Friday, January 25, 2013

Make a rolling lumber cart

This week I finally decided to do something about the less-than-adequate storage system I have been using for my lumber. The biggest problem for me has been finding a good way to store plywood and other sheet goods.


Most of us rarely need to store a full sheet of plywood. I buy sheet goods to meet the requirements of whatever project I am building and use them right away. At most, I may need to store them for a day or two, in which case I just lean them against a wall or — if it's not raining — simply leave them in my truck.

Sometimes I don't use all of the sheet however, so what I needed was a way to store a half-sheet or so. This lumber cart solves much of my storage problems, and after building it I discovered that it holds a lot more wood than my old rack and takes up less space.


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Building plans:

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Update: Thanks Fabian V. Valinskas for drawing out a cutting diagram!






37 comments:

  1. What a great idea! How many sheets of plywood did you need for this project? I might have to make one.

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    1. by my estimations, and using a cutlist program, you should be able to make this with 2 full sheets of plywood.

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    2. do you know a free cutlist program ?

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    3. Google Sketchup using the Cutlist Pro plugin.

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    4. For a cutlist program, I have found one that works great for simple sheet good layout, google: delphi cutlist
      its a free simple program that someone has made, and works well, you can print cut layouts, and part diagrams etc. my favorite part, other than free, is you can favor cross or rip cuts. you can use it for more than sheets, but it only does 2D, so you need to do multiple layouts for different thicknesses: ie one for 3/4 stock, one for 5/4 stock....

      i don't know if the link will show up here but, : http://www.delphiforfun.org/Programs/cutlist.htm


      BTW, cool cutoff cart!!

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  2. I'm actually looking at building one of these also! Good timing!

    I was curious, how think of plywood did you use? 3/4" thickness?

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  3. by my estimations, and using a cutlist program, you should be able to make this with 2 full sheets of plywood.

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  4. Disregard those two previous comments.... it will take "3" sheets of plywood. I missed a sheet when before I printed out the solution

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  5. Yes, this took a little less than 3 sheets of 3/4" ply.

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    1. I like the car emblem on youer wall of tools

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  6. brucethe contrarianJanuary 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Ooh! You're gonna get it now. The Safety Commissars saw that stunt with the step-ladder.

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  7. Now why didn't you paint it

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  8. Nice! If you load it vertically you actually could fit full sheets of ply on this as well. I see a good possibility of something real similar in my future.

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  9. Great job as usual Steve

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  10. Here is a tip used by many roofers!

    Carrying a full sheet of plywood up and down a ladder is easy and safe if you use a C-Clamp attached to the edge of the plywood sheet as a carrying handle. You can carry the entire sheet with only one hand, and still have a free hand to climb up and down the ladder easily and safely.

    Of course... just throwing the sheet of plywood down from a high place is much more fun, unless it catches the wind and crashes into your ladder knocking it down leaving you stranded on a high place.

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  11. (English)Thank's, great vid. How did you film the "up" vids ? Did you attach your video recorder on a wall ?
    (French) Merci, super vidéo. Comment fais-tu pour filmer les plans vidéo en hauteur. Attaches-tu la caméra sur un mur ?
    From france. Yannick (yanouk-design.fr).

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  12. Great project Steve! I have been procrastinating building a wood storage bin for a long time. You came up with a nice simple design that inspired me to put this project on the top of my list of things to build.
    Thanks LJ Will

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  13. Great project Steve!

    Oh let's poke the Safety Police with a pointy stick again, eh? :-) Let's see:

    1. Step ladder safety. Oh no!
    2. Getting the work into your truck: back injury potential. Oh no!
    3. Getting the work out of your truck: it could have fallen on you. Oh no!
    4. Using power tools. Well that's automatically dangerous. Oh no!

    Face it Steve, you will have to wrap yourself in bubble wrap and curl up in corner to keep the Safety Police happy.

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  14. Great video as always, Steve.

    One suggestion: just drill the holes for screws from inside the dadoes. Then you don't have to use the square to draw a line on the other side. I learned that from Norm Abrams.

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  15. Great project Steve.
    I've been watching your videos for a while now and there are a few items that I am got to try to build as soon as I get room in my shop/garage/winter green house/ storage for everything else.
    I want to build the wood cart, the mallet, the clamp storage, the router lift and router table.
    Right now I'm having to by necessity build a place for my table saw, my miter saw, and my router all in one.
    I'm a scrounger, a while back one of my neighbors were throwing out a wooden bunkbed set. Well I picked it up and now instead of it just taking up garage space it will now be repurposed into something very useful to me. I will have lots of storage under where I can store blades and other items for those tools. I'm also going to try and make a shoot for dust collection in the center below my table saw so that I can build a box to catch all of the dust for all three machines. I'm going to be using a box to catch the saw dust cause I want to use it in my composting for my garden. I will send pictures when I get every thing together if it turns out half as nice as your stuff.
    I'm just getting into wood working since I'm a stay at home dad now since my medical retirement last January. I've always been interested in woodworking since I was very young due to my dad. He built the house that I grew up in and my mother is still living in now 35+years later. I have an okay understanding of joints and all and time really taking my time to make it right especially since I have no plans or anything I'm improvising as I go. We will see how it turns out and hopefully I can make tue top to all of this one solid flat piece from lots of smaller one glued together like a butcher's block top.

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  16. Do you use the old one as a planterbox?

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  17. I have never done it nor seen it done but can one tilt a dado stack to 5 degrees off 0 or 90 to accommodate the shelves? Or use a shim on the base of the router? Seems the tilted dado would be easier and safer than a router as long as tilting a dado stack is safe. Any comments on the safety of this technique?
    Great build, by the way. I need a shorts and plywood bin as well.

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  18. Hello, I'm from Brazil and my name is Mauro Martorelli, I met your blog through the blog of Mathias,'m setdesigner and manufacture furniture and wooden toys as a hobby, and your tips maid motivated me to work something out in my workshop. Well also have junk stored for years so I always say I'll use one day. Finally I just ended up throwing away tons of wood and bagulhos out. Good luck and good work always.

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  19. Thanks, Steve. I hope to be building my new workshop in a month or two and with this one now I'll probably have 3 or 4 pieces from your show in my shop.

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  20. I've been looking around at various plans on the web for such a cart. Your design is ideal for my shop. Thanks Steve.

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  21. I live in Thailand and started the woodworking hobby. I enjoy learning from your video. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. Steve, your videos are excellent. You provide a great combination of education and entertainment. I went back and watched your first video and while it wasn't bad, you have really improved. As for all of the fearmongers, I enjoy your replies to their worries. They can stay afraid while the rest of us enjoy ourselves getting something done.

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  23. This looks similar to a design on pare 451 of " The Complete Book of Woodworking" cr 2001 North American Affinity Clubs I pick up at Home Depot.

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  24. I made a similar one of these since (stop me if you've heard this before) my garage workshop is too small! Anyway, I've found that it's great for it's purpose...but it's mobility is severely lacking. Load that thing up and I need someone to help me move it!

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  25. I just finished mine, thanks very much for the plans and instructional video. I made a few small changes to use only 2 sheets:
    - The strengthening strips were cut (3x)3" x 48", halve one.
    - Reduce shelves to 3
    - Reduce bins to 3, one double width.
    - Use left-over strip to close off at bottom of bins , use bungee cords to stabilise top of long goods.

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  26. Hi, Steve! Good job! I intend to make one lumber cart like that, but I would suggest the measures in metrics, also. Don't forget your vídeos are seen all around the world and one big part of it works in metrics.
    Keep going!
    Mario

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  27. Hi Steve,

    Might I suggest that you continue to work in your native measurement as I am sure you are more familiar with Imperial measurements than Metric. Anyone with a tape measure can use both measuring systems, as anyone with a brain can use the internet to transpose Imperial to Metric or even simply look at the other side of the tape.

    But, sarcasm aside, I like this lumber rack quite a lot. I intend to make one when I have some more spare cash to be able to buy 3 sheets of plywood.

    Thanks,

    Darren.

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  28. Hi, Steve, Kink Jarfold here! I have no idea how to do a signature so excuse the Anonymous. This project freed up so much space in my half of a garage workshop (2 car garage and my dogs have one half). One of the best projects I've done. I used 3/8" ply with biscuits and casters. I posted a picture on your site and got several nice comments. I really enjoy your videos.

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  29. Steve, thanks for the inspiration. Knocked up a version of this from scraps, last week. Now have a tidier shed. http://omnivorenz.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/a-cheap-wood-rack/

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  30. I stumbled onto this site yesterday and built this lumber cart with left over wood today. Nice design and thank you for the video, it helped a lot.

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