Rolling Scrap Wood Storage Cart

My scrap pile was getting out of control, so I decided to build a rolling scrap wood storage cart that can hold all my cutoffs and plywood too. 

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I saw a lot of pictures of lumber carts all over the interwebs, so compiled a bunch of those ideas together and figured out the size based on my workspace and the materials I had on hand at the time. 

The Dimensions I ended up with is 5' wide, 3' high and 20" deep. 

3x3 custom using Accu-cut

First step was to break down the plywood using the Kregjig Accu-cut 

I cut the base to be 5' wide and 20" deep. The Accu-cut only has a 4' track so I just flipped it to the other side to finish the rest of the cut. 


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Then I took a 2x4x10 and cut it in half to get two 5' long pieces. These will be used as a support for the base. 


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Next I used my Kreg track and stop to cut 4 pieces of a 2x4 at around 16-7/8". The stop helps ensure that all 4 of those pieces will be the exact same length. 

These pieces will be the cross braces for the base support. 


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I cut 2 inch blocks to place at all the corners of the base so the casters had something to screw into. 


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Then I screwed it all down. 


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Next I attached the casters to the base. If I didn't cut those 2" blocks I would only have been able to attach the caster with 3 screws. Not good enough.... 


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I used a brad nailer to attach the plywood to the base. 


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Next I worked on the shelf back support. I ripped plywood with the kreg-jig accu-cut. 5' wide and 3' tall. 


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Here is how you can finish the cut if your piece is bigger than 4'


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I drilled some pocket holes in the bottom of the plywood. Don't forget to adjust for material thickness!

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And attached it to the base. 


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Next I cut the dividers for the storage bins. I ripped them to about 5-1/4'" wide then cross cut them to each be about 20" tall. The front of the bins will be 12" tall so I marked an angle from 20" top in the back to the 12" mark on the side (which will be the front).


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The angle was a bit too steep for my table saw, so I used my bandsaw


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I drilled pocket holes in the bin dividers and the bottom of the front apron piece and screwed it all down. Then I just screwed the front piece to the sides of the dividers. 


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Now it was time to work on the back plywood storage rack. I took a 5' long 2x4 and ripped down one side to take off the rounded edge. Then ripped off the other side at an 8 degree angle. This will make a leaning shelf for the plywood to sit on. 


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I drilled pocket holes to the flat side of the 2x4 and screwed it to the upright plywood on the cart. 


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Next up was to make the supports on the back that the plywood will lean on.

I ripped four 3-1/2" wide pieces of plywood at a little over 3' long and cross cut all the bottoms to have the same 8 degree angle as before. Once I cut the bottoms, I got the exact length I needed by lining it up against the shelf and just marking the cut. (I hate measuring) 


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I ripped another piece of plywood to have the same 8 degree angle all down its side and then cross cut (at 90 degrees) that piece into eight 3-1/2" wide pieces to act as shelf supports or cleats. 


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Then I used my brad nailer to attach those cleats to the upright plywood supports. 


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Using my brad nailer again, I attached 1" thick cleats to the plywood back support. I used a scrap 2x4 to act as a spacer to make sure it was all level. 


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Then I used pocket holes to attach the plywood supports to the base and regular screws at the top to attach the supports to the 2x4. 


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Then I screwed a lip at the back so I can store my plywood leaning on the supports and it won't fall off. 


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Last step was to rip the inner shelves and attach them with a brad nailer. And Done! (Wait, I also added a handle, so it can easily be pushed and pulled)


3x3 custom rolling scrap wood storage cart

I'm really happy with how this came out. Now all my plywood cut offs have a home. 



And the shelves in the middle hold random scraps that I just cant get rid of. Like these thin strips of ply wood. I know I can use them for something... Like the cleats I made to supports them, those were scraps!


3x3CUSTOM Scrap Wood Storage Cart

No more ugly pile of wood where I can't find anything. Hopefully now that I can actually see my scraps I will be using them more!


DIY Scrap Wood Storage Cart