|Project by Calmudgeon||posted 02-14-2017 08:12 PM||978 views||8 times favorited||12 comments|
Made of wood? No. Important to the functioning of my shop? Absolutely.
I originally designed my 1,000 sq. ft. shop as a place to store the family vehicles and indulge a hobby in my retirement; however, within a short period of time news of my work spread by word of mouth, and, long story short, the shop now houses a small cabinetmaking business (and only the occasional vehicle). That means that demand on tool space and material storage have increased drastically in the five short years since I’ve built it.
The closest wholesaler is a 3-hour drive away, so to minimize re-supply trips and the cost associated with them, I tend to store quite a lot of lumber. Generally speaking, I keep enough sheet goods and solid lumber around to build a small-to-medium sized kitchen.
One of the biggest struggles I’ve had is sheet goods storage, since it seems the sheet I need is always at the back of the stack. And, while shuffling 75-lb sheets of melamine like a giant deck of cards is good for the muscle tone, it’s not that great for work efficiency.
So I made a deal with a rancher friend of mine who welds to create a sheet goods storage rack for me; in return, I’m going to do some door installation and trim work in his new basement.
These massive units are constructed of 2” square tube steel and swing out on industrial-duty casters. They pivot on wall mounted brackets, with the pivot point on the outside edge. There is some resistance as the casters swivel, but once that happens, they swing in and out relatively easily. I say “relatively” because we’re talking about moving thousands of pounds of material here. Any effort I have to expend to swing them out now is many magnitudes less than what I had to exert previously to access a buried sheet.
This rack now completes my lumber storage solution. I had previously built an adjacent rack for solid lumber (last picture) which can house several hundred board feet. That rack is suspended from 2×3 vertical cleats lag bolted directly into the studs.
While the scale of these projects might not be what others are looking to mimic, I thought the overall design might be of interest to others who experience storage space issues.
-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang