Tilting sheet good cart

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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 314 days ago 2012 views 27 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like many other ideas this one has been rolling around in my head for some time. I received a flyer from a company that built and sold carts and other material handling products. The one that gave me the idea for this one sold for around $1500.00. That was out of the question for me, so I finally a few months ago decided to build one out of standard Douglas fir 2X stock.the most expensive thing I have in it are the castors. I have maybe $75.00 in this project. I used mostly mortise and tenon joints along with large box joints.
When flipped up flat it is perfect for feeding my table saw from. It is no problem to tip up 6 sheets of 3/4” birch plywood. It actually works better than I had dreamed. As well as tilting it is great to unload plywood when delivered onto. I also have a good metal cart for unloading trucks onto. Between the 2 I hardly ever have to unload a cart while the truck is there for more.
If you are interested in building one it is quite easy And I would be happy to help you through the process.

Thanks for looking, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#1 posted 314 days ago

VERY nice build!

Thanks for sharing this – I am quite certain there a many people who will be building this in the near future. :-)

I think the smartest thing you did with this is to make it the same height as your table saw – very wise!



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#2 posted 314 days ago

Very impressive design and build! A great shop helper.

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#3 posted 314 days ago

Neat idea. I have Favorited it for a future project.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#4 posted 314 days ago

Very cool idea. I love building things for a fraction of what you could buy them for.

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#5 posted 314 days ago

I’ve been thinking about a lift cart…now I’m thinking about a tilting cart. Thanks!

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#6 posted 314 days ago

Really neat. I wish I had room to store something like that in my little garage shop.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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Todd Swartwood

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#7 posted 313 days ago

Thanks to all of you for your nice and supportive comments.

Russ my table saw eats fingers, Just now recovering from reconstruction surgery. I still would not own one of the hot dog lovers!!!


-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#8 posted 313 days ago

This is a nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 313 days ago

This is the answer to my dreams, I will be building the Todd Cart in the near future … have you made any drawings that you’d like to share??
The metal strap on each side is there to lock the “table” into position??
Thanks for this post.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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#10 posted 313 days ago

Hummm very nice! I think I’ll maker one and add a set of fixed casters or small wheels lined up so the plywood will roll right off onto the Table Saw. ~ ...or maybe some HDPE plastic strips.


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#11 posted 313 days ago

Very nice! I’ve been thinking about doing something very similar and this is a great design! :)

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Todd Swartwood

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#12 posted 313 days ago

G. Mike I do not currently have any drawing however I would be happy to make I quick sketch and post it with some measurements. And yes the 1/8” X 1” bars just have a notch that drops over a fastener as the table is brought up to the level position.

My thanks to all of you and your encouragement,

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#13 posted 313 days ago

Nicely done and great idea .

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#14 posted 310 days ago

This is soo cool. no more wrestling sheet goods that are heavyweight and have sharp edges . where could it be stored? could it be painted and stored outside? There is one similar to this on FW .

When I cut my left index finger off, ny beautiful wife said SawStop or fishing. I would STARVE as a fisherman

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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