So a while back i built a lumber cart. Like this
Except i made mine a full 8 ft long to handle a full sheet of ply lying down on one side.
Fitted it with 6 casters due to load and floor conditions in the garage of this place we staying in. I had figured these castors would do the job without serious consideration to the weight i was loading this cart up with.
Seemed all the pics I came across on the web of the same configuration of cart has similar 3" inch style castors. Well i dont think i got to move it more than once and that was it, the whole thing was not going to move again.
I was cheap and cheaped out on the casters a lesson i needed to learn the hardway despite actually knowing better. Dont ask why i do this, i have been trying to figure it out my whole life. I have the money. Its not got to do with money.
So recently i ordered and took delivery of 4 of these except with green poly not red.
Over the weekend i hauled all my lumber (? as to how much of it is scrap) off the cart and turned it over to fix the problem. I knew what i was going to find but it still did not stop the effect of it on me. I closed up the garage and went inside. Instantly depressed by my own stupidity.
Now i have a case of rigor mortise. I have to get back out there and fix the problem because i cannot even get into the garage without climbing over the lumber.
In the process of unloading the boards of cherry that came from another stupid buy, i realized just how much this solid hardwood weighs never mind the sheets of BBply and then all the doubt in the world came over me.
Should i cut it in half i thought and make two carts? Half would be 4 ft width for each but BBply i have is 5x5 so would overhang each side.
Then discussed this with Linda and she pointed out that i had built it to store the long boards i had salvaged from the bad cherry tree buy. Where would i put them.?
Then i wondered and this is where i am at now, about how to mount the casters on the cart. The smaller ones were just fitted to the base with fat self tappers.
These i wanted to use to get the whole thing up off the floor more so the bracing pieces of 2x4x8 i had put on the bottom dont drag on the uneven surface.
What i am thinking of is placing a piece of wood across the bottom and mounting the casters on it and bolting it to the two side braces as if it were an axle.
Then comes the issue of where to put these two cross pieces with the casters on. Furthermost corners ? or 2ft from each end leaving 4ft between them. ?
If truth be told i actually feel like holding a huge bonfire to make the problem go away this one has the better of me and at present its got the upper hand mentally.
I cant help feel that no matter what i do its going to bite me and that i should be getting another 4 of these casters and breaking the thing in two.
I also cannot help but feel what i really need to do is cull the wood mercilessly and reduce hording scraps of wood and other junk. Its only wood.
My problem is waste. It freaks me out to such an extent it causes me serious issues. I keep thinking back to being a kid and having to straighten rusted bent nails to build our soapboxes and we were delighted with them.
Now i see waste in such abundance everywhere i find it hard to let go of junk especially if there is nothing wrong with it. I freak out when i go to our recycling center and see what is throw away. We not allowed to scavenge through it or remove stuff and thank goodness or i would have a yard full of junk.
I think the lumber cart epitomizes all my mistakes, fundamentally i am of the belief now that to think you can have wood on hand to suit your whims and build a complete project without interruption due to having to source or buy supplies is essentially well ....FUTILE.
any and all suggestions welcome.
sorry no pics.
do you have a lumber cart if so what did you use as casters and how much wood do you have on it?
this does not half describe how i feel about this entire chapter...