Utility Cart Mods #2: Part 2 - Flip-Up Plywood Rack

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Blog entry by ChunkyC posted 01-22-2011 03:12 AM 3501 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I finished up Part II of the Utility Cart Mods tonight. I added the Flip-Up Plywood Rack to the side of the cart.

The Flip-Up is just a 24×30 piece of 1/2” AC Ply. I stopped by the tool store after work and picked up a short of Oak for $1.00. I needed a piece of scrap to screw to the back of the ply so that the hinge screws would have something solid to bite into. I was a little concerned about the weight of a sheet of 3/4” MDF and the hinge screws not holding in the 1/2” ply.

As you see from the pictures, after I got the Flip-Up mounted, it was at a bit of an angle. This caused the plywood to want to tip away from the cart.

So I came up this:

I grabbed a scrap piece of 2×4 in the burn bin and attached an old butt hinge to it. Now when I need to move a sheet of ply, I can flip the 2×4 down. Now the plywood now leans into the cart and flips up so that I can make the cart a little more compact for storing. Much better. Looks like poo but it works. The only full sheet of ply that I have at the moment is laying flat on the saw horses and I really didn’t feel like lifting 96lb onto the cart just to take a couple of pictures.

I added a 70lb bag of sand to the underside for stability. 50lb would have worked but 70lb was all that Menards had. It added a load of stability to the cart.

It takes more work trying to keep the shop helper’s butt out of the pictures than it does to actually attempt to build anything. Sorry about that.

I guess I’ll call this one complete, for now.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 08:51 PM

looks like a great cart with a lot of uses around the shop
I like your shop helper
don’t keep him out of the pictures lol

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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