Just before starting the new job, I decided to clean up one little area in front of my garage and log racks. I used some 2×4s from that Mexican restaurant that closed down, and pine slats from crates from a restaurant next door to that which was receiving kitchen appliance deliveries at the time (both scores – junky as they may be – here). The wheels were rescued from the simple 2×4 hand truck I made awhile ago, which broke (last 2 pics) from dragging too many huge logs from my truck to the back yard.
The slats stick a bit past the 2×4s on the opposite side of the wheels to act as little handles. I also measured the 2×4s such that even with the wheels, the tops are at the same height. The cross bars are measured down from the top so as not to fight the mismatched bottoms. There’s a short 2×4 on each side screwed straight into the vertical 2×4s, and the pine sides are screwed into the verticals, and the ends of these short 2×4s.
This is the area I wanted to clean up a little bit:
It’s been looking a bit like I’m that junk-collector on the otherwise pristine block (at least this is all hidden behind a fence closer to the front yard):
After the small stuff was up, I could get to all this debris and sweep up:
And here’s the rack filled up:
I use this stuff for small turnings (bottle stoppers), firewood, in planed glue-ups for making larger blocks from pallets, and in the case of 2×4s, for slicing up into stickers. Too, apparently, sometimes pieces get used in building carts for holding more of this stuff :)
A bit cleaner now:
I recognize that there are still some piles of large stumps, but at least there’s also some clean cement again, too. Also note in the bottom left of the image that The Monster is returning. Those morning glories spread over the red fence that used to be here and destroyed it, and also went through my window into my bedroom and into my closet and up through my clothes, around the house into 2 outdoor cabinets, wrapping around all of the things inside on the shelves, and also into the hot water heater cabinet where they threatened all of the fittings and pipeworks inside by tightly winding around them. I hacked them to the ground with an axe, but they sprung right back. Don’t fall asleep near these things for too long. They’ll getcha.
It’s nice that the cart rolls, because sometimes I have something big to drag back there, or I want to use the patio area for something, or I just want to sweep up. Now I can finally move this little stockpile around, and even full like this, it’s pretty light and easy to manage. The cart is very sturdy as well. It only took a couple of hours to put together, and I designed it as I built it. All cuts were done with a 20” Irwin coarse-cut carpenter saw, with the wood laid over a Chinese elm stump while cutting. Fast and simple, and satisfying.
As I need more room, I’ll take the junkiest stuff out and bring it to my friends’ house for another outdoor bonfire. We went through a lot at the last one, but I still came back with half of what I brought over, which was only a 1/5th of scraps I have waiting here. Looks like we’ll have a bunch of weenie roasts this summer!
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator