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Project by wasmithee posted 1289 days ago 7587 views 47 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lumber cart based on the ”Roll-Around Store-All for lumber & plywood” described in ShopNotes #55 pg 24.

The only deviations from the plan were:
1. I used 3” wheels I bought at Woodcraft instead of the 4” wheels described in the plan. This was done to reduce the height of the unit.
2. I only used a single piece of 3/4” plywood instead of two for the support blocks for the casters to reduce the height.
3. I also glued everything together and used some pocket screws to ensure the bins were attached to the base well.

I was fortunate that when I went to my local Home Depot to buy the 5 sheets of plywood needed that they had some decent cabinet grade AC plywood on special. It cost less than the grade I was intending to purchase.

It is 8’ long, 32” wide and about 54” tall.

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#1 posted 1289 days ago

Boy. If that thing lacks anything, I sure can’t figure out what it is.

Really nice design, built really well. Thanks for sharing.

ShopNotes is a great mag…..

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 1289 days ago

Now that’s the Cadillac of shop carts !!
I like the way you downsized it and yet it is still plenty big enough.
Great project !! : )

Welcome to LumberJocks !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 1289 days ago

looking good :-) and welcome to L J enjoy and have fun

Neil : can´t you see it missing both the televison , fridge and coffeemaschine
not to forget the computer so he can stay in tuch with L J
well maybee they are in the other end we can´t see…..LOL

thank´s for sharing it with us


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#4 posted 1289 days ago

ya my home depot had that to a while ago and i built a cabinet out of it. it was like 20 a sheet, way awesome

-- Ben L

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#5 posted 1289 days ago

Man O Man, not THAT is a lumber cart !
Very nice job !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#6 posted 1289 days ago

great cart
I may have to steal that idea

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Mike Gager

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#7 posted 1289 days ago

i built one of these as well. yours looks much better then mine though. i used thinner 1/2” ply which may have been a mistake but it works so i guess its ok

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#8 posted 1289 days ago

Nice cart – I would need a bigger shop to fit that baby in. Fill ‘er up!


-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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#9 posted 1289 days ago

I agree with you Tom, my small garage just couldn’t handle it. Maybe once I move to NC. Great job on the cart wasmithee!

-- Dan, Sgt/USMC, Jacksonville, NC,

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#10 posted 1289 days ago

Great cart but I’m wondering if your casters are up for the job. What type of load are they rated for?

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Mike Gager

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#11 posted 1289 days ago

mine sits up against the garage wall when not in use so it doesnt take up that much room in the grand scheme of things. my shop is a 24×26 2 car garage, the shop part takes up a little over half that space the rest is mostly storage. the casters i used are rated for 330lbs

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#12 posted 1287 days ago


The casters are rated for 300 lbs each. I was a bit concerned as well. The unit is about 3/4 full now and it seems to be fine. I will be sure to post if I run into issues with under sized wheels. Here is the link to the casters on Woodcraft’s web site:
3 inch Caster, Double Locking, Swiveling with 4 Hole Mounting Plate, 4-1/4 inches Tall

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#13 posted 1287 days ago

Mike Gager

I have mine up against a wall as well. It turns out to use up about the same amount of floorspace the lumber it is holding took up before, only now it still has capacity I haven’t used yet. the wood is better organized, easier to get to and if needed, I can roll the whole unit out of my shop to temporarily free up floor space etc. It does have a presence though with its mass, which makes the space feel a bit smaller. However, since mine is tucked away under my large lumber storage rack, mounted to the wall, it isn’t as imposing as it is in the pictures above. I’ll take a photo and post it of it sitting in its place when I get a chance.


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#14 posted 1287 days ago

I did a blog on my build. If you are interested, you can check it out here (I only linked the first on):

Ultimately, it didn’t work for my space, so the next entry will be how I dismantled it and re-purposed it as an upright rack for sheetgoods only.

Nice work on yours!

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Mike Gager

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#15 posted 1287 days ago

speaking of casters, i kind of assumed the weight rating was for each caster, ie one caster will hold 330 lbs. i know adding the 4 casters together wont hold 1320 lbs simply because of the way the weight is distributed but the capacity should still be much greater then 330, is my thinking right on this?

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