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Made from a child’s 24.00 mini skateboard with the curled ends cut off.

I bought mine at a garage sale for $3.00

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One of the things I have to deal with is getting 4×8 sheets of plywood to the jobs or my shop.

At 57 yr.s old, I can’t throw these sheets around like I used to.

And, at the moment I don’t have a decent crew to do it for me.

They refuse to help!...... can you believe that!

The worst part was carrying the heavy sheets through the low hanging garage door,

..... Brutal on my back.

So, I had to figure out a smart way to move heavy sheets to the table saw by myself.

At the lumber yard, I can slide in as many as 16 – 4×8 sheets in the back which lay on an angle

on top of my 20 yr. old 4 ft. x 3 ft. deep tool box.

The weight is centered and protected from the weather inside the van.

If needed, I can set them on top of a 5 gal. bucket and still be able to put tools and supplies under it.

I pull out one 3/4” – 4×8 sheet or two bound sheets of 1/2” drywall to the edge of the tool box.

Then, I lower and rotate the material diagonally up on edge.

The homemade material cart is set in place ahead of time and the material slips in to the small opening.

I grab the other side off the tool box and roll it like a wheel barrow right in to the shop…. no damage.

It’s so easy, I’m like, ...... Why didn’t I think of that sooner!
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I use this same principle cutting sheets on the table saw by myself.

There’s no reason to carry a full sheet waist high with your arms and place it on top of a table saw.

I keep the 4×8 sheet low to the ground and upright and roll it or drag it (I have carpet) to the back of the saw.

Then pick up the front edge and set it next to the fence. Go to the back and pick it up while rotating it down.

Using the diagonal balance from corner to corner, there is hardly any weight as the saw carries half of it.

It practically drops in to place with one hand….... Again, so easy.

that’s how I do it anyway.

My current employees are no help at all…bunch a head noddin’ union Yes men!

......worthless, I tell you!

-- mark - Grayslake IL.



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posted 04-18-2014 03:14 PM

makes perfect sense mark

not why didn’t you think of it
but
why didn’t you think of it sooner ?

-- my best work has been done when i get out of bed . this hasn't allways been the case !

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posted 04-18-2014 10:26 PM

Great idea. The simple solutions are the best.

-- Joe Cottonwood -- 99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses

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posted 04-20-2014 08:20 PM

$3 bucks !!!! I bought two at a garage sale for $1 ea. You were robbed….lol
The only difference is that my boys are using them. Would one of them notice if it came up missing ?

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 09-01-2014 05:37 PM

can you kickflip that thing? ;)
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