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Forum topic by rustynails posted 1040 days ago 1411 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1040 days ago

I am looking at making a storage rack of some kind for my short stock/pieces. I am wanting a design that is on wheels and can easily be accessible for getting the stock. Are you guys storing your shorts horizontally or vertically? So let’s see your small wood piece storage designs if you would.

Thanks guys Richard

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#1 posted 1040 days ago

I use file cabinets,any longer they will fit on a storage rack.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#2 posted 1040 days ago

Store em vertically, in a box with dividers rolling on casters. Have to got thru it every so often and cut the ones up I shouldnt have been holding onto into firewood length. Usually the long rip offcuts.

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#3 posted 1040 days ago

I know what you mean my shorts are getting out of narrow longer pieces I store vertical in an old shop vac tub. It works good an is on wheels. Think I will build some sort of cubby hole rack for small flat pieces sorted by type.

-- Billp

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#4 posted 1040 days ago

Mine are folded and put in the top drawer :))

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1040 days ago

I made a rather crude little cart out of scraps (all our scraps are belong to me at our house) and it’s on casters; there’s a railing to hold lumber scraps on one side, and a lip on the other to hold sheet scraps. It has to be portable because DH wants to turn the workshop into a part-time ping pong parlor, so everything has to move out of the way when that happens.

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#6 posted 1040 days ago


Here’s a “shorts” bin I built about 8 years ago. It works great, and is on casters to move about easily. Don’t worry about putting dividers in one….there is no need to. The more room you have to store material, the better off you are…’s a couple of pixs of mine. One is also my plywood rack I built…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#7 posted 1040 days ago

mine are all under the benchand out of hand…..the longer shorts are up in the trusses in the roof …actually i have them stuffed anywhere i can find a space so i think it is time i had a thin out

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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#8 posted 1040 days ago

I use a plastic 30 gal garbage can for the long ones and plastic milk crates for the short ones.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 1040 days ago

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

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#10 posted 1039 days ago

i just accepted a trailer load of recycled rimu this evening and most of it is shorts but it is all heart and i just couldn’t let it go to firewood…looks llike i might have to start making boxes to try and use it up

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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#11 posted 1039 days ago

I have a couple of 20 gallon trash bins I use for shorts. I also have a couple of small waste baskets for the really short scraps, but these usually only get used for stop blocks and test pieces.

I would love to have one of those nice carts (like Charlie’s or Rick’s), but I’m in a one-car garage and space is very limited.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 1039 days ago

Mine go in 5 gal buckets or milk crates. If they don’t get used for a few months, they go to the dump during one of my occasional cleaning frenzies.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#13 posted 1038 days ago

Thanks for all the replies. I do like the looks of Rick and Charlie’s designs in general and think storing them vertically is probably the way to go as mention by others. I just had picked up some 5×9 x ¾’’ particle board for $5 a sheet so making a wood bin is very cost effective in this case.

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#14 posted 1028 days ago

i have mine in a pile on the other side of my garage. i’d love to have a bin like Rick’s, and the sheet storage looks like a great idea, but i just don’t have the room just like Brandon. Even though i just built a new workbench, now that i see the stuff around here, it makes me want to reorganize my whole garage.

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#15 posted 1020 days ago

I read in a “set up your shop” book not too long ago. They had built a rack out of PVC fence posts. The posts were cut around 12-15 inches long, with a 45 degree cut at the base. They were mounted in rows of four wide and stacked three tall, with the angle end screwed into some plywood with L brackets, and the rest supported with pipe strap. Then mounted to a wall. If I can find the book at the library again i will post the name

-- I'd rather be making sawdust.....

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