Scrap Cutoff Storage Cart

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 11-25-2013 02:37 AM 2237 views 20 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another LONG OVERDUE project. I was starting to lose a lot of floor space along the back wall, so I couldn’t put it off any longer. I looked at a hundred other bins before settling on this design. The two litter buckets on the left bottom are my burn bucket (for which my New Year’s Resolution it is to be more aggressive in filling), and another bucket I can take over to my chop saw or set beside the table saw when I’m generating scrap.

The material is mostly 3/4” plywood and pine of various dimensions and quality. The back has a slot for sheet goods. The shelves are all slanted to prevent an avalanche. Once I cut one slanted support, I used the cutoff piece as a storyboard to copy the angle to the other upright piece and to get the proper angle on the other shelves. I used my Harbor Freight HVLP Spray Gun and painted it white for two reasons: 1. I had a gallon of cheap white paint going bad anyway and 2. So I could more easily see the pieces when I’m searching for something. I didn’t use any glue on the entire thing, just drywall screws in case I want to change the configuration later. I used an old garage door handle on the right end to pull it out to access the sheet goods on the back. If you build one with a handle like this, be sure to put the handle a little lower so there’s less chance of tipping it over if one of the wheels hits a scrap on the floor!

I began by building the sled with two pieces of pine as a floor and a skirt board to hide the wheels a little bit and give the upper portion an attachment surface. The castors are simple ball bearing rubber wheels without locks (which I also had on another cart I wasn’t using). After the base was done, I put the two upright sides and top on, then squared it up by putting boards on the back. I pieced in the shelves without really planning ahead, but just using the scrap pieces I had. It was amazing how serendipitous the scrap pieces fit into place. It seemed that every board I picked up was the perfect length or width or both. I planned it to be just wide enough to fit in the spot and still have room for a wastebasket on the right side. I also wanted it low enough to access the electrical duplex on the wall.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 03:14 AM

Well done Matt!

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 05:03 AM

Three cheers for organization!

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 06:15 AM

Great job

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 02:19 PM

Nice cart sir….much prettier than mine…lol Good job

-- 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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#5 posted 11-25-2013 02:21 PM

Nice job! Looks like a great shop addition.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 02:53 PM

Well done… the wrench pulls on the cabinets also….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#7 posted 11-25-2013 07:28 PM

It looks great and its a good idea with the angled shelves.

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#8 posted 11-25-2013 11:05 PM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Deodorant is like Common Sense. Those who need it the most, never use it.

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#9 posted 11-25-2013 11:07 PM

Sweet Cart! I really like your design. I think your layout may work for me. I’ll have to come back and take a peek when I get started on mine.

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#10 posted 11-27-2013 01:26 PM

Very nicely done. The after shot, is sure better than the before. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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