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Project by Randy Price posted 1394 days ago 12932 views 52 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had left over sheet goods and cut offs stacked everywhere to the point my shop was becoming non-functional. I decided to make a storage cart to take care of the problem.

After looking at several designs on the web, I came up with this one. I can store the sheet goods on one side and wood stock on the other. The side for storing the wood stock has adjustable shelves so I can vary it depending on what I need to store at any given time.

Since I have shelving to store up to 8’ stock, I decided to make the cart to store up to 4’ stock and sheet goods. It is also on casters so I can roll it out to access it and store it out of the way when not in use.


UPDATE:

A Sketchup file of this project can be downloaded at:

https://files.me.com/randy.price/2d3t8r

Here are some assembly tips:

Assemble the cart bottom with 4 – 2” x 4”s and plywood:

Then using the two outside vertical assemblies measure and notch out the plywood as shown:

Measure for the rectangular cut out to accept the center vertical member by laying a straightedge across the front edges and back edges of the two outside vertical members and draw lines across. This will give the length of the rectangle to cut out. Then draw two lines 1 1/2” apart centered between the two uprights to give the width of the rectangle. the layout will look look like this:

Cut out the rectangle with a jigsaw. Insert the center vertical member through the rectangle. Screw it to it’s horizontal mate but do not attach them to the cart bottom yet.

Screw on one of the cross members between the two outside vertical members. Now fit the center vertical member to this cross piece so that the vertical member is 90 degrees to the plywood base. Now screw the horizontal mate to the cart frame.

-- http://www.plankandplane.com





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SteveW

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#1 posted 1394 days ago

That’s a great design, I like it a lot. I’ve got to make one for my shop as well,
thanks for showing it.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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dedalo

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#2 posted 1394 days ago

to my “to do list” it goes… excelent!

-- http://carpinteriaenargentina.blogspot.com

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Robsshop

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#3 posted 1394 days ago

Hey randy Price, that storage cart is well “PRICELESS ” (couldn’t resist) ! Quite sure You are asking Your self why didn’t I make this along time ago ? Nothing like having that perfect length of scrap at Your ready, nice project !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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MickeyD

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#4 posted 1394 days ago

Very nice storage unit. I like the way you added the “cradles” to the racks. It makes them more useful.

-- -Willing to try

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Crushgroovin

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#5 posted 1393 days ago

Wow I know the feeling of a shop being next to useless because of too much wood taking up space. Just picked up a nice Lumber cart myself yesterday. Wow does it make a difference in the flow and usability of the shop. You did a fantastic job building yours.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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DoctorDan

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#6 posted 1393 days ago

looks great… much better than my current storage scheme.. of leaning it all against various walls…

-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/

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Buche

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#7 posted 1393 days ago

I love that design. I have been wanting to build a storage cart as well. I might have to “borrow” some design features of yours – if you don’t mind…

Thanks for sharing.

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shopmania

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#8 posted 1393 days ago

Really nice. I’ve seen these before made with a sheet of ply for the sheet goods side. I like your design, lighter weight and less expensive to build. I need to make one of these! thanks for the idea!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Sandy

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#9 posted 1391 days ago

I recently sold my Unisaw, as I have been using my Festool TS-55 for pretty much all cutting, so the Unisaw’s expansive horizontal table, which used to hold all my shorter pieces of hardwood (large pieces lean against the shop wall, of course) is no longer available. When the Unisaw left, the shorts were piled on the floor (or on top of who knows what else is hiding underneath them). I also have sheet goods (in the 3’ – 4’ range) leaning against a bandsaw. Consequently, I have had a lumber storage cart on my “to do” list, and I like this design, as it looks like it will work with both my “shorts” and sheet goods. Do you have dimensions? Length and width of the base, and height of verticals, along with their top and bottom lengths (to get the “lean” angle) would be great. It looks like you used “shelf standards” on the back of the verticals, and the shelves are a great touch.

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Randy Price

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#10 posted 1391 days ago

Thanks for all the comments.

A Google Sketchup file of this project (pretty close to as built) can be downloaded via the link below. You can get dimensions, etc. from it.

https://files.me.com/randy.price/2d3t8r

-- http://www.plankandplane.com

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Sandy

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#11 posted 1390 days ago

Thanks for posting the Sketchup file. Now, I’ll have to look through my cutoff sheet goods and see if I have what I’ll need. From the Sketchup file I noticed that you extended the vertical supports all the way down to the underlying base. Upon looking at the photo of the bottom of the cart, it looks like you did that on the actual cart. While I’m sure that that added to the strength of the unit, didn’t that make it a bit tricky to fit the bottom (with the verticals extending through it)?

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Randy Price

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#12 posted 1389 days ago

I’ve added some assembly tips above which I hope answers Sandy’s questions.

Thanks,

Randy

-- http://www.plankandplane.com

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Sandy

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#13 posted 1389 days ago

Thanks for the additional drawings and excellent explanation. Very clever technique, particularly with the self-aligning method for incorporating the center vertical member.

Sandy

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Boneski

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#14 posted 1381 days ago

This is an excellent idea. I’m going to rush home and make one!

-- Blinded by brilliance

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Korasdad

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#15 posted 450 days ago

Randy,

Awesome rack. The link puts me in iCloud which really doesn’t work. Can you email me or put another link to your Sketchup file?

Thanks, KorasDad

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