This step by step diy woodworking project is about lumber cart storage for scraps plans. The project features instructions for building a basic cart with lots of storage compartments, that is ideal for keeping all your scraps organized. Make sure you take a look over the rest of the related projects to see alternatives and more projects for your workshop, as well as for your backyard.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Building a lumber storage rack
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 4 pieces – 21″ long FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x48″ long FLOOR
- C – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 48″ long, 3 pieces – 21″ long 3xWALLS
- D – 20 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 9 3/4″ long PARTITIONS
- E – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x26 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 26 1/2″x49 1/2″ long WALLS
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Lumber Storage for Scraps Plans
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame for the lumber cart. Use 2×4 lumber to build the components. Drill pilot holes through the rim components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws. Align the edges with attention before inserting the screws.
In order to reinforce the rigidity of the frame, you need to fit supports to the four corners. Cut pieces of 3 1/2″ long 2×4 lumber on diagonal. Fit the pieces to the corners of the frame and lock them into place using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Next, you need to attach the caster wheels to the bottom of the frame. Use 2-3″ caster wheels and attach them to the corners of the frame, as shown in the diagram.
Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood for the bottom of the lumber cart. Align the edges with attention and secure it to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components.
Next you need to build the walls frames for the workshop cart. Cut the components from 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the top and bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges before inserting the screws.
Fit the wall frames to the cart, as shown in the diagram. Use a spirit level to plumb the frames before locking them into place. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into place.
Next, you need to attach the rest of the components to create the partitions. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 2×2 lumber and secure them to the wall frames using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws.
Attach 3/4″ plywood panels to the sides of the cart. Align the edges with attention and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the wall framing.
Cut the plywood pieces for the front and back faces of the scrap lumber cart. Align the edges with and secure the plywood panel into place using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Remember that you can adjust the design of the lumber rack to suit your needs.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the components from decay, we recommend you to apply paint or stain.
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