Woodrack and sheet goods storage

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Project by Dadoo posted 09-10-2007 06:18 PM 21595 views 48 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a two car garage. I need to be able to park two cars inside it at times. I have a woodshop in this garage. This poses a problem with parking the cars. (Actually one of them is a full sized Ford truck!) So nessessity being the mother of invention:

I combined several ideas obtained from various woodworking magazines to come up with this storage system. The lower unit is the sheetgoods storage and will hold appx. 7-8 sheets of 3/4” plywood. It hangs on heavy strap hinges and rolls in/out on a heavy duty caster. Rubber casters will eventually develope a flat spot so keep that in mind if you build one. Use steel or plastic lined. The base and back is 2×8 pine faced with 1/2” plywood. It takes up 8” of floor space (from the wall) and keeps the sheetgoods off the wet floor.

Behind that I was lucky to have a 6” lip on the foundation which allowed me to gain 6” more storage against the wall for smaller pieces of wood.

The upper rack is nothing more than a 2×4 with holes drilled at 5 degrees. The steel pipe was aquired from a friend. It will, and does hold a lot of weight. (Notice the boards on top…They’re from an old shipping rack. All 2×6 stock. All hardwood, most being oak. Scrounged them from the local lumber yard.)

And if you noticed…There’s a “sheet cutting jig” hanging in the middle. It expands, and when set on sawhorses, etc. allows you to rip or crosscut full sized sheet stock at ease. I’ve used it so much it’s falling apart and lost one long runner. Time to build a new one.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#1 posted 09-10-2007 06:35 PM

Nice work! A great solution for storage of materiels and autos!


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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 09-10-2007 06:38 PM

good solution, Dadoo.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-10-2007 06:48 PM

Great idea, I would love to see more pics of that “sheet cutting jig” in action. I need a similar solution.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#4 posted 09-10-2007 06:58 PM

Great design!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-10-2007 08:40 PM

yup.. looks like a really good thing to have in a small space and damp floor area… Pretty darned clever

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 09-10-2007 09:15 PM

Very cool innovation! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 09-10-2007 10:46 PM

Awesome design – very innovative. Looks like you could use another pipe on the left end of those longer boards.

Cars in the workshop? What a waste of woodworking space :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 09-11-2007 01:32 AM

great job and problem solving…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 09-11-2007 01:38 AM

Yes great solution for a problem that most of us have.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 09-11-2007 04:16 AM

I have one question, where do you store all of your woodworking tools? I’ve consumed two stalls of our three car garage and still feel constrained. I’d like to know how you’ve got things arranged so I can at least try to get back to one stall.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#11 posted 09-11-2007 04:45 AM

Another great idea that I can use.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#12 posted 09-11-2007 05:29 PM

Nice work Dadoo. I would not have thought to have a hinged sheet materials cart, but just one on wheels. An interesting idea.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#13 posted 09-11-2007 07:47 PM

Wow! Thanx for all the great comments guys! I hope to see if any of you build one too.

For Iowawoodcrafter: I store my bandsaw, drillpress, and planer on a 2×12 shelf on the west side. My tablesaw is the Craftsman contractor style (the red one) that folds up into a wheeled cart. It stores wherever there’s wallspace. My hand tools are on the north wall or in the cabinets and drawers. My hand “power” tools (IE: jigsaw, drills, sanders, circular saw, etc.) are under the “rolling” bench. I try and keep everything behind a door or inside a drawer because sawdust gets everywhere. Maybe a dust collector is on the horizon now? Go to my profile page and check out my shop pics.

Cajunpen…Those long boards need to get to the attic so they’ll lie flat. I keep forgetting they’re still on that rack! As for the cars…Well they get to come inside during inclimate weather. Here in NY we’ve been known to get an occasional blizzard or windstorm. No hurricanes though!

Also remember guys that you need a ball-bearing caster that is fixed (non-swivel) and has a metal wheel with a polyurethane or hard rubber tire. Everything else will develope a flat spot. My base is a 2×8 but a 2×12 would hold more sheets. And it’s really not that hard to maneuver.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#14 posted 09-11-2007 08:16 PM

a challenge to build one… hmmm a swivel wouldn’t work in my basement. .but perhaps a sliding version would work along one wall, with storage in behind… could still put machines in front too, I guess.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 11-04-2007 04:41 PM

Great organizational design work!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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