Lumber storage cart

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This is a major accessory for every workshop, it's a must have! Otherwise you will get lost between your cluttered lumber. I've waited much too long to build one.

I decided to build this organizer to have all pieces at a one site and organized by lumber size.

My focus/features on this project:

  • Large vertical support and plenty of space
  • avoid bending of stored lumber which often occurred as result of leaning against a wall.

My main approach was to build this lumber storage cart high enough so that it is capable of holding the original size bought from the store. If you buy long boards and lean them on a wall they will get bent after a while. I also considered to have the option to drive the cart through doors what has affected the height and width of it.

Additionally I have chosen small angles for the support wall to avoid the lumber slipping away on the ground which again leads to bending over time. Storing lumber in a most vertical position conforms to the natural growing position of lumber.

I also tried to get as much space as possible on a preferable small footprint which has worked out great. The lumber cart can get pretty heavy if it is loaded so I have chosen preferable large rollers, also for dusty grounds this is a good idea.


I have used this cart for about a year and I am totally satisfied with it. Sometimes it can be tough to move the lumber cart if it is fully loaded for this reason I have attached some handles on it which makes moving a lot easier.


Used Tools: table saw Makita 2407, Makita compact router and the Makita biscuit joiner.

Difficulty: Appropriate for all beginners


Hope you like it, I really would appreciate if you leave me a comment below or give me a thumbs up in the video above.

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Comments: 4
  • #1

    Chris (Wednesday, 21 November 2018 16:14)

    Thanks for sharing your build. Nothing like it really online that has vertical storage approach but it is exactly what I am looking for.
    Question about the stability. I want to store full 4’x8’ sheets there. Any problem with tipping at test or while you are moving it?

  • #2

    Daniel (Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:05)

    Hey Chris,

    thanks for your comment and your question.
    To store several (!) 4x8’ I suggest to increase the footprint and maybe use larger (air inflated) wheels so it will be easier to move around.
    For my version I never had an issue with tipping if loaded even on both sides. I can tell that it’s gets pretty tough to move it around when fully loaded. I fit the footprint and height to have the option to drive the cart through doors. So if you don’t have to care about this you might build a larger version of it, especially for the width of the footprint. If you have more questions feel free to ask any time, I also would be glad if you send me some pics if your cart is done. Cheers Daniel

  • #3

    Alan (Saturday, 05 October 2019 04:39)

    I found your design for wood storage was the best design I have seen. As a mechanical engineer I can say that this design is more functional than many other designs.

  • #4

    Daniel (Thursday, 23 January 2020 13:50)

    Thanks Alan, appreciate your comment.