Cut-off Cart Built Out Of Cut-off's... A Skill Building Project

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Project by BusterB posted 10-09-2013 07:09 PM 2298 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like most woodworkers, I struggle with scrap wood storage. Saw an article in Shop Notes on building a cut-off cart and thought it looked like it could be very handy. Their cart was built out of plywood but I really didnt want to go that route so I drew up a plan to build one out of the scrap wood I already had lying around the shop. I had a bunch of 2×8 cut-offs a friend of mine had given me and they became the basis of this project. Well after several weeks of cutting, planing, resawing, and glue ups in between other projects, I finally was ready to assemble the cart. The cart is 48” long, 26” wide and 28” tall and sits on 3” HF casters (add another 4 1/2 or 5” inches the height) taken off a 8 dollar movers dolly and supposedly rated at 1000 pounds. The only thing not salvaged out of the 2×8’s is the plywood base (ran out of 2×8 scraps that were long enough) and the 1/2” EMT conduit rails. The whole project came in under $30. I called it a skill builder and that it was…design, layout, material management, resawing, hand routing, glue up just being a few of them. It is yet to be seen if it will actually help me get organized…lol.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#1 posted 10-09-2013 07:40 PM

Nice work, Never enough storage….. Love that magazine Shopnotes…..

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

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#2 posted 10-09-2013 08:26 PM

You’re on it, Buster. Thanks. You’ll certainly come to enjoy the organization. I must follow suite and see what I have large enough to construct a similar one.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 10-09-2013 08:41 PM

Nice! I like the use of the rails instead of solid wood sides. Will definitely be easier to blow the sawdust out of it, and you’ll also be able to see what little pieces have fallen to the bottom of each “bay”.

Good build and VERY user friendly!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 10-09-2013 08:51 PM

very nice build!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 10-09-2013 08:53 PM

nice sorter and holder buster

hurry and fill it
before the little lady
needs it to dry the laundry

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 10-09-2013 08:57 PM

Great job buddy. Love the design that you came up with and Im sure we could all use at least one of these. I will def be adding a couple to the new shop. I really like the use of the conduit.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 10-09-2013 10:07 PM

Sweet Cart Buster! What you are calling offcuts, I’m calling stock.

I had a feeling you were going to put those HF dollies to use. Well done! I want one of these carts but I’ll have to flag it for now. I have no room for it – Yet….

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 10-09-2013 10:42 PM

Wow I love your cart! What a great build my friend, I wish I was that creative. Good job sir as always!

-- "The Cedar King"

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#9 posted 10-09-2013 11:41 PM

Yet another fine job by Buster! That, sir, is as fine looking cart. Great use of materials, sounds like the price is right. Any chance to learn, and hone your skills, is time well spent. The only thing I don’t really care for is the shot from inside your shop looking out. When I look out from my shop the leaves are all on the ground. Just a little jealous. Anyway, great job buddy, keep them coming.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#10 posted 10-09-2013 11:53 PM

Great storage cart Buster. And hey, those hf dolly casters have been used by me a couple of times. They save the day on certain projects.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 10-10-2013 12:01 AM

Nice build, now you have to go buy lumber to fill it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 10-10-2013 12:13 AM

very nice cart buster.i like the design,it’ll come in handy for sure.i’m still waiting on you to come help me with some projects.this just adds another to the list!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 10-10-2013 12:26 AM

I love it. That will be so handy for you! Nice going!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 10-10-2013 12:52 AM

Nice cart Buster! Great use of stock, er, I mean cut offs (I’m with Mark on that one-cut off is something smaller than my hand! Anything bigger than that is still stock!) Wheels on shop furniture/cabinets is the only way to go IMO. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 10-10-2013 02:40 AM

Great design and use of what you have on hand. Adding this to my favorites for the new shop (one of these days).

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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