Shop Storage Solutions #7: A final descision on the sheet goods storage

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Blog entry by HokieMojo posted 01-27-2011 04:36 AM 9681 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Now it looks like a lumber rack Part 7 of Shop Storage Solutions series Part 8: Mobile Tool Cart (with photos) »

I finally made up my mind about what to do with the lumber rack in the last blog post.

The theory was that the behemoth of a rack would sit in the right bay of my garage. When I wanted to do some woodworking, I’d pull my wife’s car out, push the rack into her spot, and then I could work at my bench. I know you don’t see it in the photo above, but the opposite side would hold tons of tools and clamps. That means that right behind me would be everything I needed at my reach.

Reality was very different from what I had envisioned. The rack ultimately ended up at about 1500 lbs and was difficult to move. It was also impossible to get anythign done if the car was still there.

I finally needed to make a change. As you’ve seen, I removed a triton lumber rack, built another of my own racks, and rebuilt the sheet goods storage. The first two items can be seen here:

The last change can be seen in this photo with the sheet goods upright. As a result of the rebuild, I got a lb of screws back and some scrap boards.

The sheet goods storage is satisfactorily stable, but I changed it to the wall just in case. I’ll only unhook it when I need to get something off it. On the end I was able to some hardware storage (photo below) and on the back I leaned my pipes from my pipe clamps (no photo, sorry).

One final Bittersweet addition to the shop though. I’ve wanted a freezer for the longest time to lower our grocery bills while allowing us to buy some healthier food options in bulk. It hurts to give up so much shop space, but it is the only good place for me to keep it.

I hope you like the update. I will have a few more posts soon.

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 04:47 AM

Nice update.

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 05:38 AM

Just make sure you have a dedicated outlet to that freezer – not on a GFI circuit.

Nice switch with the sheet goods. Taller, but smaller footprint….

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 06:43 AM

Nice updates…. I like how you combined sheet goods and hardware storage. Freezer in the shop is something I am needing to make space for. I have the freezer, but it is taking up too much space in the kitchen…

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 06:38 PM

Looking good! I have similar problems, so I feel your pain. We keep a refrigerator in the garage for extra food (and beer!) and my wife refuses to give up her parking spot. As for sheet good storage, about a year ago I vowed to never keep anything in my shop that wasn’t being used for an immediate project. It’s been a good habit. Now I don’t keep much lumber or sheet goods in the shop unless they’re going to be used promptly.

Until all of us get a 40’ x 50’ dedicated shop building, we’ll all just have to suffer the injustice of parked cars and groceries sharing space with our beloved tools.

Thanks for posting!

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