For a shop, what's a good kind of storage system for odd pieces of sheet
goods: plywood, particle board, paneling, etc.? In other words, what
kind of rack would be a good system? I suppose we have about 20 linear
feet of wall space to use, and we'll store along the wall in the rack
Well of course it depends on what you want to store. IF the dimensions of
the sheet material is no longer than eight feet and no wider than five feet
then a mobile rack(s) similar to what I built for myself should work well
for you. My rack is eight feet long, 35 inches deep and 12 inches wide. It
is open on both ends so material can be slid in from either end and if the
material is not too wide it can also be loaded/unloaded from the top. It is
on casters so one end can be pulled out from the wall for easier access. My
space is limited so when working on a large project I roll the rack clear
out of the shop. The floor is a couple of 2 x 6's the sides were made from 2
sheets of OSB. Would post a picture or two if anyone is interested.
Agree flat storage is best for the material but flat storage requires a lot
of floor space which is often just not available. Narrow vertical racks
(that are usually full) keep material in a vertical position and bowing is
not a problem.
Okay for an old man. Found an additional source for salvage material. It
is a Co. that builds roof and floor trusses. They generate huge amounts of
2 x 4 cut-offs. They have pointy ends and are not very long, after the
point is trimmed off, but long enough to make drawers and such. Some are
good enough that I can re-saw them down and get book matched material that
is over 5/8" thick. After a few passes through the old Kuster drum sander I
have good looking stock that is a strong 9/16" which is the thickness I like
to use for most drawer boxes. Projects like this keep me as busy as I want
I store my plywood on edge in the corner of my shop. I built a stud wall
about 2 feet from the side wall, then stand my plywood sheets on end
between the two walls (I have 9-1/2' ceilings). They rest on PT 2x6's laid
flat on the floor to keep the edges off the concrete.
This system only takes up about 2'x4' of floor space, and I can easily flip
though the various sheets to find the one I need. Then it's easy to take a
single sheet out without moving the others.
I have several sheets of material, so everything is held vertically. And, I
don't usually have full sheets around very long to worry about warping.
I have a wheeled cart I store in front of the plywood sheets, so the space
doesn't go to waste. When I need a sheet of plywood, I simply wheel out the
cart, then pull out the sheet I need.
I've been real happy with this system.
Hey, that's an EXCELLENT variation of what I built. I may have to
disassemble my stud wall and build something similar. It looks a much
better option for the smaller pieces of plywood.
Thanks for posting that!
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