I’ve got the shorts sorted out, but still don’t have a T ruler… one step at a time.
So I took the table saw, shop vac, outfeed roller, and everything else that was in the way out of the garage and started organizing the stack of shorts I got.
to the ordinary person passing by, I might have looked like a psycho – cleaning board by board with compressed air to clean the wood – from the wood dust on it (these all came from a manufacturing shop and were covered with an inch of saw dust… I decided to clean them out before storing them so that I don’t store dust in my garage – call me crazy). But i think I removed about a ton of weight from this lumber this way.
Originally I was planing on constructing some sort of cubbys under my 2 work tables (originally were office cubicle walls) but for lack of time, energy, and since I didn’t want to waste much space for storage with cubbys dividers (and rightfully so) I decided to keep it simple, and just have a long shelf (10’ 2×10 ripped in the middle into 2 strips). this produces 4 areas for storage which helped me organize the lumber by specie.
To avoid exposing the lumber to the concrete floor slab, I insulated the floor under the storage area with foam mats (costco/home improvement center) which raised the lumber 1/2” higher above the floor, and keeps it dry(er).
anything that was much longer than 2’ and would protrude too much out of the shorts storage, I placed standing up in the back (for now… maybe organize better later if I must)
I like being able to see the pieces I have (width/thickness) and being able to get to each piece and pull it out without having to dig through piles of pieces looking for something that I’m not sure is even there – so this setup hopefully will work out well for me.
finally found a purpose for that space under the tables – and now I don’t have it anymore – but for a good cause.
-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.