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Here’s a rolling cart for storing lumber, plywood, and other sheet goods in your workshop. I made this to take up as little space as possible, yet hold a lot of wood.



  1. I built one 26 years ago from the necessity to store 30 mahogany veneer plywood sheets and the Mahogany pieces, and also a separate place for the pookey sticks, a stick used for separating sheets for aligning on contact cement. I've had the whole piece clamped to a furniture dolly so I can roll it around. You did a great job! And you can move it around.

  2. Great lumber cart! I built mine yesterday. Some comments that might help the next person – (1) I used 2.5 sheets of 4×8 & had 2 cut to 48", and one cut to the 30" base on the panel saw at the lumber yard. Just made it easier for me. (2) Mine is on a 2×4 base including a center support. Very solid! (3) Assembling by myself was doable, but another pair of hands would have really helped. (4) This does hold a ton of wood. I could have made it more narrow &/or dedicated more room for sheet goods (5) You may want to vary the width for the cutoff boxes. From as narrow as 6 inches up to 18 inches.

  3. Hi Steve,
    I've been an avid fan for years and love your videos and teaching style. 🙂
    I'm hoping to build this cart within the next week or so as I am FINALLY getting to set up my own wood working area.
    As a relative novice, I have two questions:
    1. After having built the cart yourself, would you consider 1/2" ply sufficient instead of 3/4"?
    2. In watching the video I find myself asking if the 5 degree chamfer cuts are necessary. Your thoughts?

    Once again thank you for all of your hard work and excellent videos.
    I look forward to hearing back from you.

  4. I just finished your lumber cart following your plans. WOW! It's more than I expected. I used 4" casters so it would roll easier and added 1 1/4" to the width of the shelves, still leaving me with 6" depth for sheet storage. It took 3 sheets of 3/4 plywood (with about half sheet left), 2 of AC for the parts that show and one of CD for the shelves and bottom. You have a fantastic Chanel, keep up the good work.

  5. Steve, I know you are an admirer of Norm Abrams. I am too but I never built one of Norm's projects. I have, however, built your lumber cart. I found the plans to be very accurate and even though I managed to screw it up by using the routed upright panel as the angled panel with the addition of some cleats and a lot of French (although not French cleats) it worked out just fine. Thank you! By the way, if you ever figure a way to build a 50 X 80 pole barn out of 2 or 3 sheets of 4 X 8 plywood, be sure to post those plans too!

  6. Steve, I love your woodworking channel. I am making this cart now. I am a novice woodworker and this project is the first time I have used my router to cut dados. I am wondering where you got your metal straightedge to run your router and circular saw against?I have looked for something like this, but I have not found it. Thanks and keep putting your videos out. I love watching them and learning more about woodworking.

  7. Hi Steve,
    Just wanted to ask a quick question.
    I've built the lumber storage cart earlier this year and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!
    Can't say "Thank You" enough for the video and instruction.
    However, I have it all but fully loaded and struggle to move it around sometimes.
    I was thinking of adding some handles to it to help, but thought it might be a good idea to ask you if you have run into this issue and if you have any suggestions for where to mount a few handles.