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Project by Phil posted 08-28-2016 01:46 AM 469 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got irritated enough with picking through stacks of board, cutoffs, and plywood leaning up against the wall to do something about it. I also wanted to start learning how to use Sketchup at the same time, so I decided to kill two bird with one stone. After searching for plans & ideas, I decided to use one referenced here on Lumberjocks and elsewhere that came originally from Shopnotes 55.

I used 1/2” plywood for the sides instead of 3/4”, and 2×4s instead of 1x for the base. I also made it narrower so it would tuck into the corner of my shop and clear the garage door rails and not stick out past the miter bench (2nd photo). The top shelf is a little narrow but still works for narrow stock and dowels. Overall dimensions are about 26”Wx96”Lx56”H. The Sketchup plan is available on the Sketchup 3D Warehouse.

The only real adventure I had with this was using a collar & bit to smooth out the handholds I added. For some reason, the collar separated from the base & started to spin. Didn’t notice it a first until the router ran right through the template!

This is the first project I used Sketchup on, but it sure won’t be the last – having a good plan made this go together in about half the time I thought it would!

It’s a really good thing this got finished when it did – we had a big rainstorm last night that came in under the garage door – if my wood had been sitting on the floor, it would have been soaked.

-- Phil





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BB1

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#1 posted 08-28-2016 01:53 AM

Nice storage cart – sounds like it has already proven its usefulness! I have a similar setup and really like having the shelves plus the bins and spot for large panels.

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#2 posted 08-28-2016 04:43 PM

Lumber carts are awesome! I made one..but now realized it’s overbuilt and too heavy. 2×4 framing all around adds too much weight, with too much width as well. I like your width dimensions and construction built (though, I’ll go 4’ instead of 8’ for length).

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#3 posted 08-28-2016 07:21 PM

Fine effort. Storage is such a big issue for most of us, and that is a nice solution.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#4 posted 08-28-2016 08:45 PM

That’s a heavy duty lumber cart and a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 08-28-2016 08:50 PM

That looks nice but there is just one problem – it’s not big enough. You will have that thing filled up in no time at all! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Phil

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#6 posted 08-28-2016 11:04 PM


I made one..but now realized it s overbuilt and too heavy. 2×4 framing all around adds too much weight, with too much width as well.

Yeah, it probably is a little too heavy even with the 1/2” ply for the sides. It’s a little hard to move around. I might need to upgrade the casters (rated 250lbs each). I made mine 8’ so I can handle full sheets of plywood & keep one or two around for those times when I need one. I don’t have a truck at the moment, so I like to keep the big stuff around “just in case”.

That looks nice but there is just one problem – it’s not big enough. You will have that thing filled up in no time at all! :-)

That sounds like the voice of experience talking! ;-) You are absolutely right, but that’s what the shed out back is for.

-- Phil

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#7 posted 08-30-2016 12:42 AM

Thanks for the shout-out Phil, I am glad to have helped you along your way. Several folks inspired me as well, and they were acknowledged in my project post.

-- I can complicate anything

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#8 posted 08-30-2016 03:31 PM


Thanks for the shout-out Phil, I am glad to have helped you along your way. Several folks inspired me as well, and they were acknowledged in my project post.

Your post was really helpful as I planned out how to put it together. No way I was going to be able to crawl inside to screw the sides down, and I don’t have a super-skinny brother! ;-) I ended up using pocket screws on the outside of the sides. To do the shelves, I took a hint from framing walls & propped one side up with supports at a 5° angle, then attached the bottom shelf. Put the other side up & screwed it to the base, then screwed the shelf to the support from the top – I could just reach with an extension on my driver. The rest of the shelves were comparatively easy.

The hardest part was screwing into the bin dividers from inside. I did that right after attaching the shelf to the first side. Had to call my daughter out to the shop to hold them while I screwed them in place – I would have needed ape arms to do it by myself!

-- Phil

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#9 posted 09-07-2016 04:23 AM

Nice job!

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