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  • OT: Sheet-good storage rack

    I haven't posted any speaker builds lately because I've been focused on getting my shop cleaned up and organized. While these posts aren't speaker builds, I think we can all relate to projects that make our workspace cleaner and more efficient, so I figured I'd share.

    I've always struggled with storage of sheet goods. Before I built my pole barn workshop, I shared workspace with the cars in our garage so space was a premium. I would store them upright and I crafted a clamping system to try and keep them from warping. For a couple years now I've struggled to give up the floor space, but finally broke down and built this storage rack. I finally realized that storing 15+ sheets upright, I was giving up almost as much floor space and my sheets (especially the thinner ones) were beginning to warp. Plus, I had to constantly move them around to get to the sheets that I needed.

    I looked up what a commercially available rack like this would cost me and they were in the $1200-$1600 range. Luckily, there's a steel supply yard near me that specializes in seconds and I was able to get all the steel I needed for about $160.

    A local school was getting rid of some tools and I snagged this awesome power hacksaw. It's not the fastest thing, but it provides really smooth cuts and you can set it up for a cut and go work on other things for a few minutes. Since I was cutting 24+ foot long pieces of square tube, I needed some supports. My saw horses were too tall, so I used a piece of scrap tubing to whip up these simple little supports which worked out great.

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    After a few evenings of cutting steel, I had a stack of tubing ready for welding.

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    And with careful material management, these were the only scraps left over.
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    The first shelf laid out and ready for tacking into place:
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    After tacking each shelf, I did the full welds and I had all 4 shelves ready to be assembled. I used 2" square tubing for the 3 upper shelves and 1" square for the shelf that would be laying on the ground.
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    I used 2.5" angle for the corners. I made wooden blocks to set the spacing between and zip-tied them in place during assembly. I debated bolting the shelves to the legs, but then I would have required cross-bracing to keep it steady. Plus, once this thing is assembled, I'm not planning on moving it... It weighs about 350 lbs!
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    After welding the shelves in place, I flipped it over and welded 1/8" plates to the bottom of each joint. This provided some "feet" for it to rest on and keep the tubing from laying on the concrete.
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    I then used some Rustoleum "tractor and implement" paint to give it a nice finish and hopefully keep it from rusting.
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    • #3
      I used a couple furniture dollies to wheel it into the wood shop and get it as close to final position as I could. Due to the wall mounted shelves I had in place, I couldn't wheel it all the way into place. However, the 3rd shelf was just the right height that I could stand in the middle of it, squat about 1" and grab a hold of the cross braces. I was then able to squat it enough and shuffle my feet to get it into place.
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      I placed a sheet of 1/8" HDF on each shelf so that I could easily slide sheet goods in and out of each shelf. I used a scrap piece of 7/16" OSB on the top. I will build a small ladder so I can climb up on top and access all my lumber rack.

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      And then I loaded all my sheet goods onto it! Now, I need to go buy some more and load it up so it doesn't look so empty!

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      • #4
        That is very nice, but flipped it over to weld on the feet sounds like a pretty good trick.
        John H

        Synergy Horn, SLS-85, BMR-3L, Mini-TL, BR-2, Titan OB, B452, Udique, Vultus, Latus1, Seriatim, Aperivox,Pencil Tower

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        • #5
          Very nice! I wish I had the space for a work area that you do.
          Don't worry, if your parachute fails, you have the rest of your life to fix it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jhollander View Post
            That is very nice, but flipped it over to weld on the feet sounds like a pretty good trick.
            LOL, it really wasn't too bad. I rolled it over to its side and put a furniture dolly underneath it. Then I moved it over and did another 1/4 roll. Getting it into its final resting place was the biggest challenge.

            Originally posted by thekorvers View Post
            Very nice! I wish I had the space for a work area that you do.
            Thanks. After years of shuffling machines around on mobile bases to get cars in/out of the garage, it's nice to be able to finally have a dedicated, well insulated/heated shop! As part of my shop clean-up and organizing, I'm actually getting a few machines off the mobile bases.

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            • #7
              That is a serious solution for storing sheet goods. I like it!

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              • #8
                Awesome

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                • #9
                  That looks great!

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                  • #10
                    Looks roomy enough to hold sheets of veneer too if you're into that... sandwiched between a few sheets of whatever.
                    That is just cool. Nice welding too. Gotta get me some metal to play with on my welder now.
                    TomZ
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                    • #11
                      What a superb job.

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                      • #12
                        Nice. clean work

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