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DIY Scrap Wood Cart

a rolling lumber cart made out of wood and for wood organization

Hi friends,

I've been here, in the garage, trying to get it organized so I can be more productive. All the pieces of wood laying on the floor were driving me crazy (picture below).

My first solution to that problem: Build a cart to store all those remnants.

Thanks so much for all the input you have given me, armed with it and some ideas found online that I shared with you on my 20 Scrap Wood Storage Holders You Can DIY, I went ahead to build my own.

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how to organize wood in a garage.

I followed this project shared by Jerry over at LumberJocks, but I modified it a bit because it's too big for my space.
Their cart is done with two plywood sheets. I only bought one  ¾" plywood sheet and used scrap pieces to complete the cart.

These are the main pieces taken out from the sheet of plywood: Base and two divisions.
plans for a scrap wood cart

Did I tell you I got new tools? Yeah, I'm loving them! This project was mainly tackled with the Ryobi 7¼ Circular Saw and the Ryobi drill/driver. What a huge difference they made. :)
Kgreg jig and ryobi circular saw
RYOBI - 4-Tool Super Combo Kit  | Kreg Jig  |

The first part was to add wheels to the base of the cart. I bought a mover's dolly, price-wise, it was more convenient for getting the casters. I went the lazy way, cutting them off the dolly and attaching them to the underneath of my base with glue and screws.
repurposing a movers dolly

Then, it was time to put the puzzle together with Kreg jig joinery. The two main divisions...
Garage organization

The left sideboard, and the shelf.
Garage organization

The scrap triangles left from the sheet of plywood were perfect to create the small bin divisions.
Garage organization

I was happy to use lots of pieces from my scrap pile. ;)
Garage organization - lumber cart

As soon as I finished building it, I began filling it up.
Garage organization - rolling lumber cart

I like the back compartment to store sheets of wood. I usually buy what I'm going to use, but there are always leftover pieces that take up wall space. Now, they're nicely tucked in here.

green rolling wooden cart for wood storage in the garage

I'm gonna try not to pack it with tons of stuff... As my blogging friend Julie stated, the casters are the first ones to give up for overloading it. I really like that I can move it around.

back of rolling wooden cart

This is like a small victory against this giant monster. :)
I still have some long pieces of molding that need a proper space, organize the tools, the shelves on the other side of the garage and well, organize, organize, organize.

Stay tuned for more!

A rolling wooden cart for wood storage in the garage

Update:  Tools were organized right HERE.
                Shelves in the garage were also organized.
                This is how the garage looked before.

For more DIY ideas check these out:

potting bench made out of a playset with lots of planters on it.

dining room window dressed up with trim

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  1. This is fantastic Cristina. I am pinning this one cuz I definitely need to build something like this Kudos to you and thanks for a great idea!!!

  2. Looks good and sturdy, I'm sure you will get lots of use out of it!

  3. Eres realmente talentosa en la carpintería , ese es untrabajode una profesional

  4. I desperately need to make one of these! What a great idea to use the casters off a moving dolly. Totally going to steal that idea!

  5. You are so smart!! Pinning.

    Thank you so much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are thrilled to have you. :)

  6. Great idea storing your wood, Cristina.

  7. So God you shared is on Between Naps on the Porch or I might not have found you. Great blog - I'm your newest fan!

  8. Sorry, that should have read "glad"

  9. Looks cool! I'd paint it in other colour, like baby pink or baby blue, for example.

  10. Totally need one of these! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Holy moly, I need one of these in my life!! Would LOVE it if you'd link up to Talk of the Town. :)

  12. I started building this tonight using your dimensions which is perfect in my garage. Just need to add the dividers and the shelves and then it is done. Got dark before I could finish it but can't wait to start filling it up!

    1. Oh, how awesome Tammy! Mine's the perfect size for my garage and I've tried not to over fill it. It's working great, it doesn't get moved that much, just a couple occasions, but it's good to have it on wheels. I wonder if you added those same type of wheels. ;)

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