Overhead Veneer Storage

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Project by jmartel posted 07-13-2014 03:02 AM 2483 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I’ve started to stock up on veneer, I quickly realized I didn’t really have anywhere good to put it all. Additionally, the place I normally order my veneer from usually ships things in 8-12 foot long pieces, meant that the veneer pieces had to stay rolled up in the box they shipped in. Since that can interfere with glue-ups when they are not flat, I figured I had to come up with another system.

In my 17’x19’ shop, there’s not really many places to put something 12 feet long, so I decided to modify Shipwright’s storage system a bit. I didn’t want the extra complexity and cost of a pulley system, so I decided to use 4 lag hooks in the ceiling and 4 eye hooks on the tray. I can move one end of the tray off the hooks and lower it down so that I have full access to the veneer inside.

Construction is extremely simple. I used 4 1×4”s from the BORG, ripped a 1/4” sheet of plywood down to 24” wide, and added a 4’ section of 1/4” ply to the end of the 8’ piece to give myself a full 12 feet. Added some extra 1×4” bracing where I had to extend them. By happy coincidence, it ended up hanging down from the ceiling at about the same distance as the bottom of the bumpout that I put it next to. Totally unplanned. I will be adding some safety wire to the rear hooks so that the tray cannot jump out of them in the next day or two.

Certainly not fine furniture work, but not bad for an hour in the garage, and it provides me much needed storage.

On a side note, if anyone is looking for veneer, I would highly recommend that you check out I was referred to them from this site, and am quite impressed with their service. Prices are very good as well.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 12:33 PM

what a great idea

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 02:52 PM

My shop space has dwindled over the years of home ownership so I use this technique to hang my ladders.

I’m thinking, with a couple of pulleys, one could store all your lumber this way.

Thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 03:16 PM

Looks like a good way to keep it safe, and out of the way. Useful stuff.

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 03:46 PM

Great idea for protecting and storing a valuable resource.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 07:58 PM

More storage is good, congrats

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 07-13-2014 09:54 PM

Timber, I have my ladder hanging on the other side of the drop down portion as well. There’s really no other good way to store long things in a smaller garage.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 10:22 PM

Looks good and simpler than mine, but then my ceiling is ten feet and although I am tall …. not that tall.

Nice work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 07-21-2014 12:23 AM

Funny I was thinking of something very close to this for my off cuts and longer timber….how did you secure your pivot end

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#9 posted 07-21-2014 12:49 AM

NZ, I used the same bolts that I did at the forward end. I plan on safety wiring them though so there’s no risk of it coming out.

I wouldn’t use it for solid wood, however. That’s a lot of weight acting on a long lever arm to lift up and down. It’s heavy enough when loaded with veneer. I would use something more like shipwright’s solution with a pulley system.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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