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Rolling Lumber Cart Downloadable Plan

A downloadable plan for a Rolling Lumber Rack, designed garage workshops.
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In a small garage or basement shop, floor space isn't the only real estate that can be in short supply - walls get filled up, too. If there isn't room for a wall-mounted lumber rack in your shop, here's a rolling lumber cart that offers more than 70 square feet of shelf space, a separate compartment for storing sheet goods and a roomy bin on top for cutoffs. Heavy-duty shelf standards and brackets keep it all high and dry.

  • Step by Step construction instruction
  • A complete bill of materials
  • Exploded view and elevation drawings
  • How-to photos with instructive captions
  • Tips to help you complete the project and become a better woodworker
(1) Downloadable Rolling Lumber Cart Plan
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Brand Woodworker's Journal
Tech Spec
  • Pages: 7
  • Format: PDF
  • Author: Woodworker's Journal
  • Approximate Finished Dimensions: 36" x 80" x 76" Height (True dimensions depend on construction and hardware used)
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Very Useful Plans & Project
Plans were complete and accurate. Mobility is a big plus in a garage shop. I modified it to stack lumber and cutoffs on one side, sheets in the middle and open shelves under pegboard on the other side, which faces my combination machine and makes tools/ear & eye protection, etc. easily accessible. Only thing left out was a spec or advice about the castors. These must be heavy duty and it works best with 5 inch size, otherwise cart is very difficult to move.
April 21, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Well worth it
I couldn’t be happier with this cart. I built it and it feels so sturdy. The instructions have one mistake to them, but it’s easily fixable (the offcuts outside crossbeam). But outside of that, it’s great.
This lumber cart holds so much wood and I haven’t even gotten all the shelves that I could use.
This lumber cart holds so much wood and I haven’t even gotten all the shelves that I could use.
February 9, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
What a great project!
My son has been attempting to organize our home garage. He had gone through and gathered up all the miscellaneous pieces of lumber in our garage and sorted it into three groups. Then he came to a halt, not knowing what to do with it next. He saw a "cart" similar to this and was attempting to draw up his own plans. Then I found this. This was meant to be a project for my son and I to work on together. It has been great. He said he didn't realize his mom was so talented. We look forward now to trying some other plans we have spotted on you site.
July 28, 2016
over 3 years ago
A bunch of neat ideas in this
A long time ago I had built a non-movable lumber storage rack in my garage. It wasn't well designed and had partially collapsed. It also was on my todo list to fix.

So when I ran into this plan, it had everything on it that I needed ... almost. So I took the plan and have modified it. I only had 2' not the 3 or whatever and I wanted a storage spot for our deck furniture cushion which I put on the top. and built up the sides so that they should stay put.

I put all the ideas into a sketchup design and it is more or less waiting for me to build it. As far as that goes, it has now percolated up to 3rd on my list. Hope to get to it within a month.

All of these plans a very detailed and this one is no exception. It is easy to find the parts that are required due to the project. The illustrations and drawings are well done and there are tips and tricks buried within them as well.

I'm kind of between a beginner and intermediate in skill level.
March 17, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Rolling? Not so much
On the lumber cart: it is big - 7 ft. long and 6 ft. high. And heavy. It is sturdy, but takes a healthy push to get it rolling, even without being fully loaded.
Those shelf standards and brackets are costly. I am trying various ways of support material of different sizes. Also, having shelf supports poking out at the ends concerns me, especially around eye level.
On the plans: I used 1/2" plywood to keep the weight down, and so I could handle the material. It serves to keep the structure squared up. There aren't enough specifications for hardware (bolts, lag screws) so you have to create your own shopping list.
Assembly is a little tricky. I could see that once the cart was assembled it would be difficult to put on the casters. Laying it on the side, then standing it wouldn't work. I braced each section vertical with large blocks, then raised the whole thing on more blocks to connect it all. That left enough space underneath to attach the casters.
Since I had plywood to spare, I added a piece on the bottom frame on one side so I can store some materials on end.
On the whole, how this fits in the garage/workshop layout is still a question, since I probably won't want to move it around often. But the plan itself (drawings, etc.) was fairly easy to follow.
August 4, 2015
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Should be called cheaper to buy a new one.
It will cost more to build than buying a new one.
August 22, 2019
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Not worth the time or the money.

Plans were pretty brief, mostly a blow up of the finished cart, with no discussion of tips or hints at pulling the cart together. The picture itself should have told me the finished product will be huge and heavy, but (6) 300lb capacity casters???

The major issue is the cost, upwards of $300 if you follow the materials list. You can develop workarounds, but then why buy the plan set.

Plan set sent to recycling.
March 20, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I needed it
Tyler H on Mar 31, 2020
Ideal for organizing my shop.
Brenda Q on Aug 15, 2019
I needed it
Tyler H on Mar 31, 2020
I'm working in a garage and need mobile storage solutions
Aaron C. on Sep 20, 2019
Ideal for organizing my shop.
Brenda Q on Aug 15, 2019
Looks to be a thinner profile. Also all wood will be viewable.
Bill P on Aug 7, 2019
husband likes it
Brenda B on Aug 3, 2019
Looks neat and practical
Cory M on Jul 27, 2019
Good use of materials for construction, height of rack - many are only 4' high, versatility wit adjustable shelves, panel section in center not outside allows sheets to tip to access another sheet.....
Ron N on Jul 7, 2019
Always in n3ed of more space and more lumber storage
Billy P on Jun 6, 2019
Looks like it would be very helpful in my shop.
Robert W on May 16, 2019
I want to build it. I am trying to get better at wood working
Steve W on Apr 17, 2019
Brand name recognition in the woodworking industry is why I chose to purchase from Rockler. Reason for these plans, is small shop and desire to make the most of space allowed.
Gary Y on Apr 5, 2019
met need
daniel k on Mar 7, 2019
looks like it will serve my needs for lumber storage
Arthur T on Mar 4, 2019
I needed a freestanding lumber rack. Originally, I was going to buy a vertical lumber rack, but I didn't trust the website that seemed to be the only one that had it. Then I found horizontal lumber racks that could be wheeled around. Since I've made a lot of my shop moveable, this only made sense.
Brandon H on Jan 19, 2019
Need to improve my lumber storage.
Gary Welch P on Nov 26, 2018
william m on Oct 19, 2018
My son told me to clean up my mess. ;-)
Jay C on Apr 12, 2018
I had already built one and wanted to build another but I could not locate my plans.
LARRY B on Mar 9, 2018
Allen C on Dec 15, 2017
tired of having no place to keep or store wood. its all over my 2 car garage.
David on Nov 21, 2017
Looks perfect for our garage. Thanks!
Roseanne M on Sep 13, 2017
Need it for my shop
Unhappy on May 29, 2017
I need it
Hyung-Yul C on Dec 14, 2016
I needed a good cart to handle and move my wood because I can no longer carry it from one end of my shop to the other.
Larry on Nov 9, 2016
Want to organize my (garage) workshop
James L on Sep 22, 2016
I have a small work shop in my basement that I do
David W on Aug 18, 2016
Will be used to replace a fixed wood storage rack in the garage.
don c on Feb 25, 2016
haven't built it yet but I will
Stephen O on Jan 17, 2016
I'm needing a better way to organize my lumber storage. This looks like a great way, and looks to be a fun project to do as well.
John D on Jan 10, 2016
ideal to use in my garage and was happy with cost especially since it is downloadable
Virginia N T on Nov 21, 2015
Like the style and versatility of this particular chart plus it will make it easier to store lumber in my garage workshop
John A on Sep 19, 2015
This cart looks like a viable method to organize and mobilize my wood. I have a limited working area and when I'm not using my wood shop everything get packed in tight. I'm tired of moving piece by piece.
Kevin C on Jun 9, 2015
Need a better way to store my wood in my garage instead of trying to stack in the corner and it falls or gets in the way .
Rick H on Jun 1, 2015
I have limited garage space for storage of lumber.
Walter T on May 29, 2015
i need something to be able to store lumber in my small shop
JEROME J L on May 16, 2015
Good for new shop I am making.
John H on May 14, 2015
Source of good ideas
Courtney I on May 6, 2015
I'm working in a garage and need mobile storage solutions
Aaron C. on Sep 20, 2019
Looks to be a thinner profile. Also all wood will be viewable.
Bill P on Aug 7, 2019
how tall, wide and deep is this cart?
Dean on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is approximately 36" x 80" x 76" high.