Wood Storage Cart

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This SketchUp file can be found on my Plans & Designs page.
Since I work on most of my projects in the garage, I am always fighting for more space. I always stacked my wood up against the wall and when I needed some sort of sheet goods, it always seemed to be in the back. After seeing some similar wood storage carts in a wood working magazine, I decided it was just what I needed. After scouring the internet and looking through Google SketchUp drawings in the SketchUp Warehouse, I found one that I wanted to build. I only made a few minor modifications to the drawing which was mainly adding the measurements.

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As with most of my projects, I forgot to take a picture until it was nearly done but here is after a few hours of work. I had a friend helping me for a while but unfortunately, he had to leave right before putting the “A” frame together. I think this was the hardest part since two long sheets of plywood don’t generally want to stay up by themselves while I screw them in. I finally got it with the help of a few clamps.

 

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Here is the almost finished project. The only thing left is to put wheels on and fill it full of wood.

 

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Now I can organize all of my wood and small cuts. The sheet goods I need might still be in the back of the pile but now I can slide it out instead of moving it all to get what I need out of the cramped space.

 

Lessons Learned

  1. The bigger the wheels the better. When you fill this up with wood it gets heavy, bigger wheels make it much easier to move.
  2. This kind of goes along with #1 but since it’s so heavy, I should have probably used thicker plywood and maybe done some better supports on the inside. Right now I am moving it from the bottom so the top doesn’t bend too much. This gets harder on my back as it gets more and more wood.
  3. Add some hand holes on both sides. I might still do this since it is pretty easy to do after the fact but some holes on both sides would make it easier to grab and move around.

4 Comments on Wood Storage Cart

  1. These do tend to stay in one place most of the time. That's the good news. The bad news is that they DO get filled with material in short order, get heavy, and dirty underneath eventually. So you will have to move it from time to time when it comes time to reorganize or sort. Here's what I built years ago. It was my very first project with a new table saw: http://www.pbase.com/heinsite/image/108017384

  2. I checked out your link. I kind of like the overhead storage since mine does have wasted space above it. You also have some miscellaneous tool storage built in as well.

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