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Sheet Stock Dolly

Photo As I get older, the sheet stock that I have to manhandle into and around the shop seems to get heavier and heavier. So rather than continue to rely on brute strength, I built the wheeled helper you see in the photo.

Drawing This dolly relies on a pair of large-diameter lawnmower wheels to negotiate bumps, cords, and other obstacles. The wheels sandwich a thick support block glued up from scraps of 2x4. A pair of cleats glued to the top of the block keeps the material being moved in place on the dolly.

When using the dolly, I try to position it close to the center of the sheet. This gives me the best balance and control. And every time I effortlessly maneuver a heavy sheet of MDF around the shop, I’m thankful for this simple idea.

Good Woodworking,

Ted Raife
Online Editor, Woodsmith

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