|Project by Murdock||posted 06-23-2016 06:53 PM||1676 views||6 times favorited||5 comments|
Here is my take on a hinged sheet goods rack.
In this same location I had a random pile of sheet goods and other boards just sitting on the floor and leaning up against the wall, came out from the wall about 4 ft. Not only was it a hazard and extremely difficult to find what I needed, I just wanted my floor space back. In the end after tossing a few items I was able to get all of it in here and on the lumber rack on the wall above this.
This rack is 16” wide, 78” long, and 32” tall, not including the height of the casters. The front is configured with several compartments for cutoffs, the largest being 27” wide which was sized that way for easy working with 24” wide sheets. The back side is 8” wide.
I decided to keep the size down because I generally don’t keep many 4×8 sheets around and even so they fit fine overhanging the end as you can see in the first picture. By keeping the rack smaller I reduced the amount of plywood I needed to build it. Of course it still takes just as much wall space since I still want to be able to put full 4×8 sheets in there.
The overall construction is mostly done with pocket hole joinery, with the caster and hinge locations using double thicknesses of ply for strength.
I used several cutoffs I already had plus another full sheet of 3/4” big box ply. It works out to be just under 2 sheets of 4×8 ply. I also used a couple of 1×6” pine boards to act as a front to keep the cutoffs in place.
There are 2 – 3” locking casters, again from the local big box. They are rated at 175 lbs each. It is very nice to have the brake on them as the rack tends to sit just a few inches from the wall without the brake set.
The hinges are 6” T-Hinges, these did not have a load rating that I could find so I went on the side of caution and used 3. They are anchored into a stud using 3.5” spax screws.
Thanks for looking
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