I, like so many other neophyte woodworkers have too much stuff and not enough space. I only bought what I needed and only built what really needed to be made. So now here I am, 12’x18’ garage, detached, unheated, one little 60 watt bulb (10’ up on the ceiling), one plug in the ceiling (for the garage door opener). Then I got the table saw. Then my folks moved into a little retirement house. Between the inherited tools and the new prevalence of cut-offs I can’t turn around without knocking something over.
So it’s time to either do something about it, or sell it all and stop trying. Thus I need storage for all those scraps my table saw keeps making; storage for the material I inevitably find and can’t turn away (‘24” wide and how long?’); And maybe even some storage/organization for some of those tools I only need when I doing woodworking. I need a movable lumber and tool storage cart! The internet will save me!
But, no matter how many plans I look at they are just never quite right. Too short, not enough space for big pieces, too much space for little pieces, lots of wasted space, kinda rickety, just simply an eyesore, and on, and on. There’s nothing for it but to make my own, but to do that I really need to spell out what it is I’m really after.
1) reasonable storage of 8’ stock material in all vaguely normal sizes up to say 14” wide boards. If it’s bigger than eight feet it had better be for something or I don’t have room anyway.
2) sturdy. I’ll probably beat the living daylights out of it for the next 30 years.
3) easy storage of “normal” cut-offs. That’s somewhere around 30” or so, in just about any width stock.
4) small and medium clamp storage. I need more clamps, but I don’t have anywhere for the ones I already have.
5) easilly movable. Especially when fully loaded.
6) Minimum footprint.
7) little if any wasted space, particularly over and around.
Now I found several designs which had elements i liked, particularly the ‘Roll Around Store All’ in Shop Notes #55 Which has two sloped sides, with cut-off storage on one and sheet storage on the other with long stock storage between. I wanted a narrower unit (it looks to be 32-36” wide), because in a small space every inch counts. I also wanted to use a little more of the vertical height of the unit. Adding a few little flairs and with some hand waving I drew up this sketch:
- a larger bin at the bottom for wider full length boards (or standard 16”w x 12”h plastic storage bins)
- progressively smaller bins above, for full length boards of smaller stature,
- bins for cut-offs on the right, set up a little higher and more opened to make them easier to search through
- a 2×8 cap that I can build shelves (or, more likely, peg board storage bays) up from
- right side bin face (B) for clamp storage
- full 4’ high sheet stock storage on left.
- recessed 4” double wheel casters to minimize height (4, 5, or 6, depending on final weight capacity)
And I’m seeing if I can make the sheet goods storage bottom support slide in and out so I can get it to 24” total width when not storing but one or two sheets of material, and up to 30 or so if fully loaded (room for 10 sheets of 3/4 ply =~= 750lbs.). I think this will work with some additional bracing down in the undercarriage. We shall see. Any suggestions? Let me know what I’ve left out or what I should do on the top storage area. So far I’m about this far along: