I built a swing away bin just for ply sheets. It was made from one
sheet of ply wood cut into two triangles, two 2x6, two hinges and one
rubber wheel. This storage keeps the ply up off the floor, yet allows
easy selection/loading/unloading. This uses very little space, but it
is ideal to store ply flat if you have the space.
shop is small so I wanted something that would take up little space.
It's a lot like the previous poster described. One feature I really
like is that I created some rollers in the bottom that the plywood
rides on that make it EZ to get single sheets in and out. You might
consider something similar. Once you start filling up whatever you
build, the trick is getting a sheet out easily without having to
unload half the rack. The major downside to my design (that you wont
encounter if stationary) is that once loaded up it is very heavy and
doesn't like to roll very well. Have a look at some photos on my site.
What ever you do come up with let us know how it works out.
I built a floor to ceiling rack that occupies a foot print large enough
to handle 49 x 97 sheets placed horizontally. I have about 12 separate
compartments for sheet goods. The supports are 2x3s at each of four
corners and 4 additional 2x3s, 2 spaced equally along each side between
each corner for a total of 4 supports along each 97" side.
Starting at floor level I placed a short 2x3 piece (6 inches long
vertically) against each long vertical support 2x3. Above each pair of
these 6" pieces a 2x3 is placed that runs the width of the rack. There
are four of these cross pieces for each compartment. I then repeated
the process with 6" 2x3s oriented vertically resting on the cross
members and running along the initial long vertical support members. On
top of these are four more cross members. This sequence repeats for the
height of the rack.
The objective is to have the load carried by vertical 2x3s in
compression. The purpose of the long vertical members is to hold the
short load bearing 2x3 pieces in place.
I placed a sheet of Masonite at each level to facilitate sliding sheets
in but it is not absolutely needed.
I've been using this rack for almost 10 years with no problem but one.
I wish I had made it wide enough to accommodate 60" sheets of Baltic birch.
Kevin Baker wrote:
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