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My Best Helper

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Project by NoLongerHere posted 04-18-2014 02:56 PM 1908 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Made from a child’s 24.00 mini skateboard with the curled ends cut off.

I bought mine at a garage sale for $3.00

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One of the things I have to deal with is getting 4×8 sheets of plywood to the jobs or my shop.

At 57 yrs. old, I can’t throw these sheets around like I used to.

And, at the moment I don’t have a decent crew to do it for me.

They refuse to help!...... can you believe that!

The worst part was carrying the heavy sheets through the woodshop’s low hanging garage door.

.... Brutal on my back.

So, I had to figure out a smart way to move heavy sheets to the table saw by myself.

At the lumber yard, I can slide in as many as 16 – 3/4” sheets in the back of the van,
laying on top of my 20 yr. old 4 ft. x 3 ft. deep tool box.

The weight is centered and they’re protected from the weather inside the van.

I set the front on top of a 5 gal. bucket and I’m able to put tools and supplies under it.

I pull out one 3/4” – 4×8 sheet or two bound sheets of 1/2” drywall to the edge of the tool box.

Then, I lower one corner and rotate the material diagonally up on edge.

The homemade material cart is set in place ahead of time and the material slips in to the small opening.

I grab the other side off the tool box and roll it like a wheel barrow right in to the shop….no damage.

It’s so easy, I’m like, ...... Why didn’t I think of that sooner!
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I use this same principle cutting sheets on the table saw by myself.

There is no reason to carry a full sheet waist high with your arms and place it on top of a table saw.

I keep the 4×8 sheet low to the ground and upright and roll it or drag it (I have carpet) to the back of the saw.

Then pick up the front edge and set it next to the fence.

Go to the back and pick it up while rotating it down.

Using the diagonal balance from corner to corner, there is hardly any weight as the saw carries half of it.
It practically drops in to place with one hand….... Again, so easy.

that’s how I do it anyway.

My current employees are no help at all… bunch a head noddin’ union Yes men!

”That’s not my Job!”


......worthless, I tell you!





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-18-2014 03:06 PM

Very clever idea.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 04-18-2014 03:14 PM

Time for a new crew Mark ,As time goes on we learn these little tricks to make life easier ,the only problem is we find them after doing it the hard way for 40 years:) Thanks for sharing your tip.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 04-18-2014 03:28 PM

There is always a better way! Looks like you found one! Clever thinking!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 04-18-2014 03:58 PM

Great idea! I have a little wheeled helper too, but it is a design based on a commercial product. Mine is made out of scrap wood and a couple of old bolts and nuts.

panel trolley

On call, but hopefully will get a little shop time in. Way too busy this week.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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woodchuckerNJ

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#5 posted 04-18-2014 04:39 PM

I built something similar long ago. I use it all the time.
It allows me to drive it anywhere being that it only has one axle. Also offsetting the axle allows it to sit there while I load it, it always hangs to the side I set it.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 04-18-2014 06:43 PM

I have been using one of those little yellow three wheeled dollies but he casters are poor plus it’s hard to keep the wood centered. I have been planning to make a dolly just for this purpose and now I can just borrow one of your solutions. Thanks!

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Hawaiilad

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#7 posted 04-18-2014 09:36 PM

That’s another reason I like LB’s…all the great idea’s you all come up with. Someone should put off these idea’s into a book form…oh yea, right, someone already does that..

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#8 posted 04-18-2014 09:38 PM

Great idea! Thank for share and congratulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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trees2pens

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#9 posted 04-27-2014 12:50 AM

Great !!! Looking at it, I couldn’t imagine what the slot was for. But the idea is simply genius. This could be how the pyramids were built :-) Thanks for sharing, many of us work alone…like you.

-- When All Else Fails ... Hit Delete

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Eddie_T

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#10 posted 04-20-2015 11:07 PM

What was your source for wheels and axle?


I built something similar long ago. I use it all the time.
It allows me to drive it anywhere being that it only has one axle. Also offsetting the axle allows it to sit there while I load it, it always hangs to the side I set it.

- woodchuckerNJ


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woodchuckerNJ

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#11 posted 04-25-2015 07:58 PM

They are wheels from inline skates. These are bigger wheels than normal. Speed skaters use them. Goto a skate rink and ask anyone for some old speed skating wheels.. these are 100 or 110 mm normal inline skates are 85mm and would be useable, but instead of using a wood block to hold the axle in place, I would have to use some metal straps.
Which would be easily doable.
The axle was a piece of metal rod, and I drilled holes and used a screw on one side, and cotter pin on the other side to hold the wheels on.

-- Jeff NJ

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#12 posted 04-25-2015 08:08 PM

Thanks much, I like your approach better than using a full truck.

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