Lumber Cart

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Project by J posted 12-15-2012 04:57 AM 12461 views 37 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of a lumber cart that other users attribute to Shop Notes vol. 55. I built this without a set of plans, only a mental picture. I believe it is more narrow than the Shop Notes version by 3 1/2”, but I am not sure of this. The deck of this cart measures 28 1/2”, add the sheet good lip and outer wall of the scrap bin for a total width of 30”. I beveled the shelves and shelf rails at 5 degrees. My shelf widths are 7”, 9”, 11” and 13”; they are spaced 12” apart. There is 5 1/2” at the base of the scrap bin side and 7” at the base of the sheet good side. I spaced the bins at 2’, 2’ and 4’ with the larger 4’ bin is used to accomodate my table saw sled, sacrificial fence and other accessories for my table saw. I built the A-frame and the base separately, then put the A-frame onto the base and added the bin dividers.

I made this cart from:
4 – 4×8x 3/4” sheets ply and one 6” x 8’ x 3/4” scrap for the lip on the sheet good side.
5 – 2×4x10’ kiln dried stock
100 – 1 1/4” course thread pocket screws (approximately 100)
100 – 2” course thread pocket screws (approximately 100)
10 – 150 lb capacity 3” swiveling casters
40 – large headed screws for the casters

2 sheets used for sides of the A-frame
1 sheet used for flat base and lumber bin side
1 sheet used for A-frame shelves and bin dividers
2 – 2×4’s ripped to 3/4’s thickness and used for (8) shelf supports
3 – 2×4’s cut at 28 1/2” used for framework under base

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#1 posted 12-15-2012 06:22 PM

Nice – Very nice, just in time for Christmas!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 12-15-2012 11:31 PM

Nice. I always like these lumber carts. If I made one, that would be all my lumber, there wouldn’t be anything left to put in it ; )

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 12:07 AM

Well done, I thought long and hard about making this one as well. Nice job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 12:52 AM

That’s going to hold tons of material.

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#5 posted 12-16-2012 02:56 AM

200 pocket screws?

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#6 posted 12-16-2012 05:41 PM

Thanks LJ’s for the positive words!
And “200 pocket screws?” It was a few less than that, but I could have used more. Some were countersunk, some were used in pockets. I thought it might be helpful to those wanting to build a cart to provide a materials list.

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 03:12 PM

It was helpful to provide a material list and I like the cart. I wasn’t sure if you drilled 200 pockets or just used the 200 screws. Great cart, hold a ton of material, jigs, cords hoses. Very nice

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