Roll-Around Hardwood Storage Cart

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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-25-2015 08:15 PM 2342 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I keep an inventory of hardwoods in my shop for projects.

My storage method leaves a lot to be desired. I can’t easily check my inventory, and it is hard to clean out the saw dust.

I decided it was time to build a movable cart to properly store my normal inventory of hardwoods. I usually buy red oak and maple in 6 foot lengths from Menards. I buy 24 inch lengths of padauk, yellow heart, purple heart, from Rockler.

I designed this cart in Google Sketchup. I had a scrap piece of 3/4” plywood for the base and the one shelf. The rest of the cart is built of 1×4’s from Lowes. I also bought 4 casters from Lowes.

I made this cart to store the hard wood inventory I keep in my shop. It is on casters, so you can roll it around.

I used Kreg pocket scews to build this cart.

I like this cart. It makes checking inventory easy to do. It is portable, and I can easily clean it with the shop vacuum. I don’t know why I waited so many years before doing this :)

If you are interested in my trials & tribulations of building this cart…...see my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 01-25-2015 08:25 PM

Nice project Dale. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#2 posted 01-25-2015 08:38 PM

Nice lumbercart. It provides easy view of your stock.

However, wont the wood simply tip out, with nothing to hold it in place? Especially if you plan on rolling it around the shop. If you have any tendencies toward my own, you will end up stuffing that thing completely.

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#3 posted 01-25-2015 09:48 PM


Yes, It makes it really easy to check my inventory.

I don’t plan to roll it around the shop much. But I tested it full of wood, and it is pretty stable.

To increase the stability, one could add 2 runners on the bottom, 1×4’s, that extend the back wheels out another 2 to 4 inches. I was prepared to do this if my cart was not stable enough, but I tested it and it seems fine.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#4 posted 01-25-2015 11:18 PM

Stellar job on the wood cart….You just got to have a place to store tall timber and short cut offs…..Pileing them on the floor, or stacking them aganist the wall simply won’t do…..A cart is a “must have” item in the shop just for this….I made one for my shop about 10 years ago, and it’s a life saver…..Here’s a picture of mine…Also my plywood rack…It keeps the ply off the floor about 4”, and you can easily slide it out to get a sheet…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#5 posted 01-26-2015 12:06 AM


Nice Job!

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#6 posted 01-26-2015 06:51 PM

Looks like that cart will suit your needs very well.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 09-07-2015 12:02 PM

Nice storage rack, Dale. I made one a long time ago with vertical storage on one side and shelves on the other for small pieces. I had to move it our of my shop and into a wood room I built under my deck to make space for a joiner and scroll saw. I have outgrown that by 5 times now with the wood room filled with pieces I just can’t throw away.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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