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Project by Calmudgeon posted 02-14-2017 08:12 PM 1248 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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Jon Hobbs

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#1 posted 02-14-2017 09:04 PM

Thanks for sharing, I’m always looking for good ideas for storing sheet-goods.

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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Calmudgeon

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#2 posted 02-14-2017 09:11 PM


Thanks for sharing, I m always looking for good ideas for storing sheet-goods.

- Jon Hobbs

Jon, if I had it to do all over again, I would add three feet to this end of the shop and build fixed racks that would allow sliding the sheet goods perpendicular to the wall. As it is, though, if I ever want to get my truck in this bay, I’m limited to about 22” of depth, hence the swing-out solution.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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woodify

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#3 posted 02-14-2017 10:51 PM

Great idea and a great deal you worked out.

-- Woodify ~~ https://www.youtube.com/woodified

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Kelster58

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 01:00 AM

Wow, that’s a pile of wood. Great solution to a problem many of us have. Wood or metal, this project is why we are here. Nice job.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#5 posted 02-15-2017 01:14 AM

If copying a design is the shear form of flattery then, consider yourself flattered. I have a welding friend that wants me to install new windows in his house and he wants to trade. I couldn’t think of anything for him to make for me. Now I know.
Calmudgeon, what a great idea. What was the weight rating on the casters. I did build my garage 26’ deep so I am thinking as you said above perpendicular to the back wall and about 42” out so a 48” sheet will overhang by 6”.
I already checked and if I extend out the 48” I still can get the vehicle in with room to spare.

Thanks
Marty

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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Calmudgeon

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#6 posted 02-15-2017 01:43 AM



If copying a design is the shear form of flattery then, consider yourself flattered. I have a welding friend that wants me to install new windows in his house and he wants to trade. I couldn t think of anything for him to make for me. Now I know.
Calmudgeon, what a great idea. What was the weight rating on the casters. I did build my garage 26 deep so I am thinking as you said above perpendicular to the back wall and about 42” out so a 48” sheet will overhang by 6”.
I already checked and if I extend out the 48” I still can get the vehicle in with room to spare.

Thanks
Marty

- MinnesotaMarty

Marty, the casters are rated for 1,000 lb each. I used 6” casters from Princess Auto (a sort of Canadian equivalent of Harbor Freight) I used swivel casters, but only put a braking caster on the outside corner in case an uneven floor made the rig want to drift away from the wall. As it turns out, I didn’t need the brakes, but better safe than sorry. http://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/6-in-poly-steel-swivel-caster-with-brake/A-p2040288e

My thoughts on the perpendicular arrangement would have been a fixed rack, no casters, but whatever works for you. I put a 5/8” melamine insert on the bottom for reduced friction. Melamine is very slippery.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 02-15-2017 09:09 AM

Nice, that will work great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 02-15-2017 01:52 PM

Wow! You sure have taken the extra effort to store your sheet goods and your lumber stock in a very efficient manner. That is what I call compact storage. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Calmudgeon

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#9 posted 02-15-2017 02:23 PM



Wow! You sure have taken the extra effort to store your sheet goods and your lumber stock in a very efficient manner. That is what I call compact storage. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks, Charles. I was careful in these pictures not to include my off-cut bins (for longer pieces; the shorter pieces are stored in the the small spaces created by the arms of the solid lumber rack) and the rather large stack of sheet goods off-cuts which didn’t fit in the rack. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with those.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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VegasJohnnyB

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#10 posted 02-15-2017 03:23 PM

Do you have any issues with the plywood bowing or warping from being stored vertically? Mine is,always nice and flat when I bring it home but takes on curves when stored. I live in Las Vegas so humidity certainly isn’t an issue.

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Calmudgeon

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#11 posted 02-15-2017 03:33 PM



Do you have any issues with the plywood bowing or warping from being stored vertically? Mine is,always nice and flat when I bring it home but takes on curves when stored. I live in Las Vegas so humidity certainly isn t an issue.

- VegasJohnnyB

I live on the Canadian prairies, so to say humidity is not an issue here either would be an understatement. I’ve always stored my sheet goods vertically to (a) conserve space and (b) make lifting and moving much easier. I would also add that prior to this I stored everything leaning against the wall, and I still didn’t have much of an issue.

The only material that’s prone to curving in our climate is a cheaper product we call “shop birch” but that’s a function of the quality of the lamination in that product and not the storage method. I’ve never had an issue with cabinet-grade plywood, particle board core products or MDF.

I would say that if you’re having trouble with material warping, it might be the material itself more than the storage method, OR is it that your air is that much dryer than the environment in which it was fabricated?

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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bob101

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#12 posted 02-15-2017 07:48 PM

Solid idea

-- rob, ont,canada

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