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Michael writes: “Woodtek came out with a new product that they describe as ‘more than a convenient way to transport sheet goods to shop machinery’ — their pivoting panel cart.  It’s a great way to deal with 4′ x 8′ panels — like plywood and MDF — in a small shop.

“Best of all, it seems like it’d be a fairly easy DIY project for someone who welds — and doesn’t want to spend $269.99 + shipping.”

This is a pretty slick design.  When not in use, it folds up to a 4″ x 34″ footprint for storage, and it adjusts between 33-1/2″ to 50″ high to match the height of your table saw or other machine.

One concern: the 2-1/2″ diameter casters might be a bit small if your shop floor isn’t perfectly flat.

I totally agree with Michael concerning buildng your own.  The casters are easy to find, as is most of the other hardware.  You might consider using some “modified” Vise-Grips to clamp the board in place.

Pivoting Panel Cart [Woodtek]

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2 Responses to Reader Find: Woodtek’s Pivoting Panel Cart

  1. Roscoe says:

    If you’re making your own, you might also consider a toggle hold-down like shown in the picture. These are great for woodworking jigs around the shop. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how often you cut the same thicknesses on the same jig and no adjustment is required to the hold-down.

    Rockler has a great selection: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2150

  2. Jack VanNess says:

    I’d use a cheapo engine stand for the base, should go together quick enough.

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