Mobile sheet goods and lumber storage

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Project by Bob Costello posted 02-07-2009 03:34 AM 9463 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I got tired of struggling to find the right piece or move or work around sheet goods on the floor leaning against the wall. So I made a wheeled storage rack out of 2×4’s joined by pocket screws and braced by 1/4 inch ply triangles at every place I thought there might be a need. Originally undersized the wheels but replaced with larger ones and it is now easy to move. I usually move it outside the garage when I’m working on something. Used some scrap PT for cross bar to hold smaller pieces in. Random scraps or generall lumber go on the top shelf. An improvement will be some racks on the top to sort scraps/lumber better. No plans, just put it together with the end use in mind.

Thought I’d post in case someone might get some ideas from this. It has worked much better than I’d even hoped when I was putting it together to solve the problem that I’m sure many Lumberjocks have . . . where to put the raw materials for our masterpieces before they become such!

-- Bob Costello

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#1 posted 02-07-2009 03:43 AM

A very fine project…and it looks like it supports ALOT of weight…

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#2 posted 02-07-2009 04:24 AM

Nice project!

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#3 posted 02-07-2009 05:01 AM

I built a similar cart but smaller and not as sturdy. I too undersized the wheels. Took me two sizes up to finally have the strength I needed. A lesson in buying less than I need cause I’m cheap.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#4 posted 02-07-2009 05:18 AM

Good Useful build. Mine is really coming in handy and helping me to keep the shop a little neater these days.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 02-07-2009 05:19 AM

Very nice!

I am still struggling to find a good sheet good storage alternative for my little shop. I am beginning to believe there is not a real good one. I know that’s not true, I just haven’t stumbled upon it yet.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#6 posted 02-07-2009 01:05 PM

Bob. Nice job. How about providing a little dimensional information. I’d be particually interested in know what size wheel you ended up using. By the way, wanna come help me put one together? Have a great day.

FWR (AKA Bruce)

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#7 posted 02-07-2009 03:54 PM

Too bad my shop sets up on blocks. It would be nice to have something like this to roll in and out of the shop

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 02-07-2009 04:01 PM

Very clever… keeping your materials mobile is always a good thing. You’ll enjoy this…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Bob Costello

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#9 posted 02-07-2009 05:30 PM

The main frame is about 80” long by 55” high with the interior space for sheet goods about 18” wide. The “outriggers” for the wheels extends another 4”-5” on one side only. I did this do to concerns about tipping over! The wheels are 4” swivel non-locking casters. The floor of the sheet goods storage “box” is 1/2” ply. The top is 1/4” ply. Extending from the top on one side is a frame to keep the lumber from falling off. This is about 20” high.

Sometimes I look at the small pieces of scrap that I save and think “just throw it out, clean this place up!”. Then I find a use for it!

-- Bob Costello

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Bob Costello

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#10 posted 02-07-2009 09:31 PM

For Sketchup practice I did a quick plan. Here it is if I can figure how to upload the file. Well, I kinda got the picture part figured out but don’t know how to upload a .skp file. Oh well, if someone sees this maybe you can tell me how.

From Drop Box

From Drop Box

-- Bob Costello

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