Upcoming projects and designs. #18: LOML complained about how messy the sheet goods in the shop are...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 12-06-2011 07:43 PM 3266 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now I’ve got not only her approval, but her insistance that I build a sheet goods rack / organizer. I will be using the Wood Whisperer design, sort of. The bottom and back will be from 2×12 lumber as I have it already, the wall cleat will be 2×4. Again I already have it… Just need some full sheets of ply, hinges, and a couple of decent casters and we are ready to go…

I will NOT be going up the wall as Marc does with his lumber rack as I already have one I am very pleased with, and do not want to replace it…

Like more of my recent projects, this too will be painted bright white to eliminate the darkening effect. By the time I am done, this shop is going to end up looking like a lumber operating room!

Due to budget, and the fact that I have had very good success with it so far, I am planning on going with 3/4” Aracuo ply as it is $25.00 / sheet around here.

For casters, I am thinking about the Grizzly G8176 4” Heavy Duty swivel caster with brake. That should provide me with plenty of durability for this application.

My floor does slope, so a 1/4” eye and hook setup will be used to keep the cart from swiveling out toward the table saw on its own.

Hopefully, this will help keep that area organized, and maybe, just maybe give me easier access to the stock I want to use…

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 08:56 PM

I am going to make one as well. Mine will be mobile and hold a modest amount of sheet goods, probably the amount I normally keep on hand Above that, on the garage wall I think I will make a lumber rack. I may also cull and revamp the storage of lumber up ceiling level alongside two beams in the garage/ship. First comes the cutoffs cart, then the sheetgoods rack, and I will finally have everything off the floor…......

Have a good one, busy this week…............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 12-06-2011 09:07 PM

I built the A-frame style featured in Shop Notes I believe. I bought the wheels like you indicated. I can’t remember if I got 4 or 5 inch wheels but I would recommend buying the largest diameter available that you can afford. Mine is difficult to roll because of the weight. I ended up with about 5 sheets of ply on mine for the cart then whatever I store. It is heavy and not easy to roll. I don’t think I will ever need the brakes.

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#3 posted 12-06-2011 09:45 PM

I am opting for the 4” casters as they are in use in other place I am familiar with. In particular, my Brother In Law replaced the OEM casters on his 40 year old Craftsman mechanics tool chest with a set, and they roll super easy. I figure the plywood cart would be easier to move…

Hadn’t considered a detached cart… Got any pics / plans for me to take a peek at?

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#4 posted 12-06-2011 10:06 PM
This is the same cart I mentioned building. I modified mine to make it 32 inches wide across the base I believe. I made it larger than the plans called for by about 4 inches. It was a good thing because I filled the area immediately just by storing the ply I had around the shop. I like it a lot. I have the high quality wheels like you have mentioned. I think the original plans called for a piece of 2×6 cut to a triangle and placed across the corners for the castors. I chose to use 2×4 across the base like floor joists. Then I covered the bottom side with a sheet of 7/16 OSB. We have so many Brown Recluse in my area that I hate to make home for them.
WASMITHEE says he used 4” castors as called out int he plans so that is what I have. This thing is heavy so light duty is not an option. I have a difficult time getting it to start rolling but I don’t move it often or very far.

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#5 posted 12-07-2011 10:24 AM

I like the idea of painting it white – I have my shop Decor and machines white (JET), like you state, reduces the “cave” effect.

The only problem is I hate to see it get dirty!

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#6 posted 12-07-2011 05:28 PM

I am still in the thinking stage on the sheet goods rack. It needs to be fairly narrow, and won’t allow much other storage. The two big beams in the garage have quick and dirty racks on them…....but they have lasted for nearly 20 years. I am amazed at the amount of wood, plastic pipe, gutter spouts, etc that they have collected. They need a redo. On of them holds a sizable amount of jatoba destined for the last phase of remodeling.

My cutoffs cart is partially made, meaning the torsion box from scrap is done. I am still trying to decide on the most efficient method of storing stuff on it. It is 26” x 31”, and will fit under the table saw wing, or one of the old timey project tables I have. I need to have it fit under things, or it will always be in the way. It will not get a permanent spot in the shop. It will just have to find space, such as under tables, that is not currently in use. With any luck I will finish it this weekend, but I am on call, so those plans may get dashed.

Got to run, should be around later today….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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