My Idea on Sheet Goods Storage

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Project by Calgirl posted 02-20-2008 11:50 PM 12016 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Jocks!
I wanted to share this method of storing sheet goods. As you can see in the pics, the 4×8 sheets will store on their long side. I used contact cement to attach some melamine to the long supports and stood them a little proud of the rest of the frame. There is 30# felt under the fiber board and continuous up behind the frame to prevent moisture from the cement floor. The fiber board will facilitate sliding the sheets in from the right end of the frame. The best idea, I think, was to install some T-nuts in the outer frame on both ends with a washer to guide the threaded rod into the nut. With some star handles on the threaded rod and a long piece of angle iron, I will be able to hold the sheet goods to the frame thereby preventing warping…..(I hope). I have about 9 feet of space to the right for removal of the lumber. In front of the storage frame, I will build the 18 foot miter station, using the top of the sheet goods frame for a shelf. The sheet goods storage area is just inside of the sliding unloading door, which will make transporting the sheets to their home easier. What do you think?

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#1 posted 02-21-2008 12:04 AM

Hello Calgirl, I have been looking at different ways to store sheet goods in my new shop. If you remember you sent me a PDF on shop lighting ( Thankes Again) I went with the T-8s. If your design does in fact keep the ply from warping please let me know and I will copy your design.

-- F.Little

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#2 posted 02-21-2008 12:09 AM

I’ll let you know about any warping I see, but I have a humidity monitor running and set to 45% because of the high humidity here in Florida.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#3 posted 02-21-2008 12:49 AM

This is another interesting way of storing sheet goods. Storage of these is a challenge for any workshop. I keep mine stored in a horizontal fashion like this and have never seen any warping in my sheet goods. So you should be fine. If yours is anything like my sheet good rack, once you get a number of sheets stored there is quite a bit of friction between the sheets, especially when the rack is nearly full. This creates a lot of resistance when you try to drag a sheet from the middle of the stack.

This looks good. Let’s get some plywood in there and start on the miter bench. That will be a nice project to see posted.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-21-2008 12:54 AM

Goog one CG. Very tidy way to store those prescious sheets.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 02-21-2008 04:06 AM

I like it, I went with the Wood magazine solution which has my boards stored above the plywood sheet bin. It works very well I have about 14 sheets in there right now, and have had no warping issues. I have a pick of it up on my workshop page (well looking at it now the top half). I will get a better picture up when I get back into town.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#6 posted 02-21-2008 08:47 AM

When it thaws out here in chicagotopialand (1 degree fahrenheit) this morning, I will try to build a panel holder like this one. Saw dust freezes at this temp and become shards-o-dust. Anyway, I like your design, and being from Florida, I know about warpage, (I am) I walk a little crooked from multiple injuries, which explains why my miters are always off.(ha ha) Anyway again Love your idea. Thanks

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 02-21-2008 12:38 PM

looks like it should work quite well c g . i assume the shop must be comeing along nicely

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#8 posted 02-22-2008 02:59 PM

This’ll do! I saw a slick gizmo in one of the shop mags which looks like a hand truck/appliance dolly that folds flat, easily transports even the heaviest sheets, and even loads them onto your bench for cutting. I’ll look for it. Maybe one of the others here has a link to it. I think it was from Wood mag.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#9 posted 07-16-2009 09:04 AM

How do you overcome the “oh crap I just ran into that long screw & ripped a hole in my side” syndrome?

BTW, I’m thinkin I’ll “borrow” your idea myself. And thanks for the idea!

Perhaps a small rubber ball on the end, or paint-dip the end of the threaded rod.

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