With this simple tool you will be able to carry sheets of plywood or some other material all by yourself.

Its construction is very simple, and the tool can be of great help if you have a frequent need to carry plate/sheet materials on your own. The assembly has a kind of “carrying hook” in the lower part and consists of only 3 parts connected with fasteners and glue. When carrying, grasp the handle slot with your hand, with the lower part of the sheet on the inside (“carrying hook”) and the upper part under your armpit. The other slots have the function of reducing the weight of this tool, although you can grab any of them if it suits you better. You can design these slots as you wish, taking care not to make them too large so as to prevent the tool from weakening and cracking when loaded.

 

Auxiliary tool for carrying large sheets by yourself - DIY plan
Freecad

This project was drawn using the free 3D CAD software FreeCAD.

Project difficulty
Simple
Skill level
for beginners
for DIY enthusiasts
Level of workshop equipment
Basic hand toools
Basic power tools
Applied woodworking joints
Fasteners
Dimensions

330mm (1' 1'') x 75mm (2 15/16'') x 762mm (2' 6'')

 

We have adjusted the dimensions of the assembly to the average height for men, i.e., around 170 - 175 cm; if you are taller or shorter than that, adjust the assembly to both your height and the dimensions of the sheets that you usually carry by yourself. If the height from the floor to your armpit is X, if the height of the sheet to be carried is Y, if distance Z (cca. 10 cm) is sufficient between the lower assembly part and the ground, if the height of the Board 2 Part is W, then the height of the Board 1 part H equals:


H = X-Y-Z-W


If you’re shorter than average, you will have to extend the Board 1 Part a bit, and if you’re higher than average, you can shorten the mentioned part or simply grab a lower slot while carrying. We recommend that you measure all the heights we have listed above; next, calculate the height of the Board 1 Part, and only then start making this tool.

 

Exploded view and parts list
Auxiliary tool for carrying large sheets - Exploded view and parts list
Assembly drawing
Auxiliary tool for carrying large sheets drawing - Imperial units
Auxiliary tool for carrying large sheets drawing - Metric units
How to use auxiliary tool for carrying large sheets of plywood

 

It would be best to use 19 - 22mm thick plywood.

 

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Submitted by Ceh Jan