|Project by Vincent Nocito||posted 04-03-2012 10:04 PM||5665 views||56 times favorited||10 comments|
Like most woodworking, I have a problem with piles of cutoffs occupying every horizontal surface and corner of the shop. I saved just about anything larger than a toothpick. I needed to get better control of the growing mountain of scraps. The first thing I did was determine what was a keeper and what goes to the burn pile. I don’t turn pens or make tiny boxes, so everything less than 6” was not a keeper. Anything longer than 48” goes on my wood rack. All of the odd strips that were going to become trim also went. After a search of LJ and the net, I initially settled on a scrap cart from Wood magazine. Greg Wurst (lumberjocks.com/projects/13462) posted an example of the cart. The Wood magazine cart had too many small cubbys and not much vertical storage for longer pieces so that became the starting point for my cart. I eliminated small horizontal storage in favor of an extra vertical bin.
My cart is made from 3/4 Sandply from the BORG. It is held together with 2” wood screws and glue. The cart measures 37” h x 21.5” d x 15.25” w. The three vertical bins are 6” deep and 33.75”. 27” and 19.5” deep. The two horizontal cubbys are 6.75” and 13.5” deep. The plywood is edged with 0.25” pine. Photo 1 is the finished cart loaded with assorted scraps. Photo 2 shows the cart before I added the last side. The vertical and horizontal bins are apparent. Photo 3 is the finished cart. I added 2” swivel casters to make the cart readily movable. The last three photos are the cart filled with scraps.