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Cutoff Cart - Modular

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Project by Jim Bertelson posted 03-29-2013 09:17 PM 2182 views 17 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Function:
This Cutoff Cart fits my work style. It has a convenient home under the TS extension, and next to the RAS. As you can see, each module can be picked up and brought to a comfortable height for choosing a piece of wood or culling them. Each module has a rod handle at the front so that when you pick up the module it rotates soas to keep the wood from falling. Each shelf is slanted ten degrees to the back, again to keep the wood in place. Only the very bottom shelf is permanent, a structural member. There are three other shelf slots for removable adjustable shelves. The permanent center section is for taller pieces.

In summary, mobile for storage, compartments for sorting, and modular for transport and culling.

Construction:
Reclaimed lumber including wafer board, plywood, 2×4’s, pine and/or hemlock, swiveling casters, rubber bumpers.
Base is a torsion box using reclaimed wafer board, 2×4’s, and reclaimed plywood in the center section. Plywood is edged with 1/8” strips of pine or hemlock. Glue and nails throughout for fasteners, except for the wheels and the bumpers

Finish
I like to finish shop projects so they don’t get to look so dirty. I like to use them better that way as well. Watco is all I use for shop projects because it doesn’t crack with abuse, and can easily be refinished at a later date. Medium Walnut seems to hide filler and defects the best, so I have gone to using that color most of the time.

Details
I blogged about this item 11 days ago with all the details of construction,

http://lumberjocks.com/jbertelson/blog/35091

This project posting will reach more people who are looking for ideas for cutoffs.

Thanks for viewing.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska





37 comments so far

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grizzman

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#1 posted 03-29-2013 09:19 PM

oh i wanna be the first to post…see if i just get it there i have one hour to come in and add more…yes…the grizzman is on top of his game…this is a great cut off cart, and i desperately need one, except it needs to be much much larger for my problem, jim i need you to come and see my problem and then coach me in how do i handle this problem..after 95 plus projects over the last few years…my oh my…..my cut offs are sky high…....a mile wide and to deep to know, just how far this wood stack goes…...and have you ever seen a ground hog climb a tree. i did yesterday, it went about 6 feet up, then came down and off to cross the dirt road and onto our property…..and i also have a very large dead oak tree about 25 feet in back of the house, we discovered we have racoons living in there..we have a wildlife farm here jim….great cart…if you saw my problem, you would shake your head ….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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lew

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#2 posted 03-29-2013 09:25 PM

You are really going to shame me into building one of these, aren’t you!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 03-29-2013 09:31 PM

Grizz
Thanks Grizz, same project as the recent blog. I like to make blogs to explain construction details, and pretend to be a witty author of woodworking literary art. I think projects need to be much more terse and precise.

Thanks for coming by….

.....have you tried lying down in your coffin yet…..is it comfortable…......are you going to wear a coat and tails and have them fit you for fangs? Now, think about this. The most important part is the interior. Maybe you should be in a bed of cedar shavings, Is there going to be a reading light, at least some hand tools, perhaps your favorite hand plane…........such fun, but you have to fit a lot of stuff into a small space….......

Maybe a mausoleum would be more commodious….......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 03-29-2013 09:34 PM

Lew
You know, you could build it anyway you wanted, it could even sit out side in a covered shed, knowing your small shop area.

I’ll figure out a few more ways to post this ‘till I got you salivating to make one…...........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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grizzman

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#5 posted 03-29-2013 09:47 PM

jim , if you want to lure lew in, have your dear wife make one of here huge home made pizza’s on top of the cart, and then set a snare and i think we will have us one lew…ha ha ha…...i do like the cedar shavings idea…...but yes i have laid inside, and its very comfy…im thinking of making a coffin size work bench, and a few tools to work this wood, once the coffin is in the vault, i can open the lid, climb out and re work this, a lot of people say you cant take it with you, oh yes i can..ive got to estimate how many board feet i will have…..but i think a small entertainment center, with a large flat screen…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 03-29-2013 09:57 PM

Grizz

Yes, we will have to set up a trap for the Lew, I’ll think about that…..........perhaps a spring loaded folding trivet with pizza for the bait….....hmmmmmmmm

Re the coffin….....Sherie says to check with the Egyptian Pharaohs, I think they were the original experts on these things. You might get some tips…......let’s see…......the vault wood have to be a pyramid shape, that wood be an interesting wouldworking project….......

.......definitely, the included objects could be more interesting than the coffin…......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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stefang

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#7 posted 03-29-2013 10:49 PM

A real winner Jim. Well thought through design and nicely made. I wish I had the room for something like this. Cutoffs in my shop don’t like to be organized. They hide all over the shop and when you start trying to round them up, they hide out and start multiplying. Not a pretty picture! I have learned that they are far better organized than myself, so I just ignore them and let them do whatever they want.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Paul59

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#8 posted 03-29-2013 11:48 PM

Very nice; functional and handy. Great job!

-- "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the sea." ~Antoine de Saint Exupery

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Kccdoughboy

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#9 posted 03-29-2013 11:52 PM

I need to build something like this going through my scrap bin is starting to get old

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 03-30-2013 12:14 AM

Mike
Getting double the mileage from the cart, but it deserves it. It is a great item for me, already solving some issues. I had some minor surgery yesterday, but no heavy lifting allowed. I went down to the shop and started to left up one the modules, to do some organizing, and realized it was beyond my limits. So nothing for awhile. My last surgery was in 1948, tonsils.

My cutoffs and small pieces are like yours, all over the place. I have some very old pieces of nice hardwood I need to put into the cart. Sherie bought them for me about 20 years ago, trying to get me to get into woodworking. She finally succeeded. I will cull the cutoffs pretty heavily now, it will be easy.

Are you thawing there? We are finally above freezing again, and soon will melt everything in a calamitous short interval. It is called breakup here, referring to the rivers which serve as highways through much of Alaska. It will be too soft for snow machines, and not clear enough for the boats. And it will be muddy out in the hinterlands. Norway has got to have the same thing, especially up north.

Only nice thing about being postop is I get to goof around non-stop….......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 03-30-2013 12:21 AM

Paul
Thanks for viewing. This has already helped me organize all the cutoffs, getting boxes off the floor, and I have culled a whole pile of stuff.

My wife will be down in you area, Dallas, late next week for some follow-up medical stuff, she had some big surgery at Baylor in December. She has a brother in Dallas that we are very close to. She mostly grew up in Texas.

Hope you are enjoying things on LJ’s, it is a great site for camaraderie and learning.

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 03-30-2013 12:30 AM

Kccdoughboy

Thanks for stopping by. Your issues with the bin are the same I had with my boxes. The bottom pieces are not useful, and just clog up the whole system. Of course, everyone will have his own needs with cutoffs, and where to draw the line between lumber, cutoffs, and culls. And a cart or modular bin should be built to the projects you make.

Notice you are new here. You have come upon one of the real gems of the internet….....
.........this is a great site to see a lot of projects and learn from some extraordinarily talented and experienced people.

Just post a question, and see what happens…........

Thanks again,

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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cajunpen

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#13 posted 03-30-2013 01:09 AM

That is a VERY clever idea Jim. I like it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Tim Dahn

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#14 posted 03-30-2013 01:16 AM

Not enough room in the shop for this, the the cut off pile is taking up too much room :-)

Actually we plan to make a move in the not too distant future so better add this one to the favorites and refer back to it some time in the future. Great build Jim and neat idea.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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lew

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#15 posted 03-30-2013 01:34 AM

Alright, alright! Enough of the pizza talk, already!

My diet is tough enough as it is without you guys tempting me with my one great food weakness!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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