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Offline Bugsysiegals

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Mobile Plywood Cart
« on: July 11, 2019, 09:29 AM »
I was on vacation last week and got the opportunity to completely clean my basement wood shop, re-organizing, and selling off things I don't use.  Rather than having my plywood stacked in the middle of the floor, I was finally able to put up my Portamate Lumber Rack and stand the plywood up against it which really freed up a lot of room and made it so I wasn't tripping over everything.

Rather than standing the plywood up against the lumber rack, I figure it would be nice to put it on a mobile cart so I can easily move it out of the way to access the hard woods and perhaps also store edge banding and other cutoffs.  In addition, since I break down the plywood with the TS55 and track, I'm wondering if there's a way to design the cart so I can insert my 2" foam spacer between sheets and rip it while on the cart.  It seems unless clamped somehow it would pinch the blade.

All that said, is anybody aware of a cart design with these features in mind or am I best to just remove the plywood from the cart, set it over my table saw and outfeed table and rip it there?

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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Mobile Plywood Cart
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2019, 09:39 AM »
Wood magazine has plans for a mobile sheet goods and offcut cart.

Was featured in the magazine not too long ago, maybe 2017, and in a TV episode.

edit: here's the link to it:

https://www.woodstore.net/Sheet-Goods-Rack-Cutoff-Station-p/gr-01071.htm?Click=46506
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Offline don4logo

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Re: Mobile Plywood Cart
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2019, 10:21 AM »
I built a plywood cart recently, and I think you could rip on it the way you described, but you'd definitely want to clamp if you're ripping horizontally (the top piece would want to pinch). But personally I would just keep a sacrificial sheet on the cart, and throw it on the ground when I needed to break down a large sheet. The design was from Jay Bates, available for free on his site.

Offline Bugsysiegals

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Re: Mobile Plywood Cart
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019, 12:42 PM »
Thanks guys!

I have access to ShopNotes which has a few carts but the one which you can cut on is VERTICAL.

ShopNotes VERTICAL lumber cart - http://www.shopnotes.com/issues/099/extras/panel-cutting-lumber-cart/
ShopNotes Roll-Around Store-All - http://www.shopnotes.com/issues/055/extras/roll-around-store-all/

I also found another guy who made one and uses Festool but also VERTICAL ...

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/48315

And finally several on Youtube which are nice but you do not cut on them...

Steve Ramsey -
BuildXYZ -

I thought it would be best to rip an edge lengthwise first and then rip again to width so all pieces have consistent width but I could instead crosscut VERTICAL, rip an edge, and then rip to width, maintaining fairly consistent size with parallel guides?  Is it worth making a cart which allows VERTICAL cuts in order to prevent future back injury or would you rather always cut HORIZONTALLY first?
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