Swing-away cutoff storage ladders

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Project by Phil B. posted 03-17-2018 01:55 PM 2910 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Out of mind, but not out of site ! I built hanging ladders for cutoff storage between the joists in the 9’ loft. The rungs are 12 ” apart , so I can easily tell how long the pieces of wood are. Even when they’re between the joists, all I do is look up and can see the stock and the length at a quick glance. The length dividers are screwed in for adjustment if needed.
I plan on leaving them hanging 80% of the time, as garage door is never open during the winter, and they don’t block my passage. The one 8’er will push back enough, so I can open the bench drawers. The 4×4 is on wheels and moves to allow the 8’er on this end to go up.
Since the bolts are located at the front of the ladders, they hang out on a slight angle, but the removable dowels are there to stop anything from falling forward.
Heavier lumber is stored above in the loft. Sheet goods will be out in the garage. Two of the 2×4 metal drawers have chair parts and small hardwood pieces. As I clear crap out of other drawers, I will have room for more small pieces and will make dividers for the drawers…..some day !
More new shop progress pics at if interested

-- Phil, DWG files at

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#1 posted 03-17-2018 03:49 PM

That is a pretty cool idea. Great use of space….....nice job!!

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#3 posted 03-18-2018 01:36 AM

Very creative idea. I agree squeezing the most out of limited space is a never ending task.

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#5 posted 03-19-2018 01:12 PM

Great out of the box thinking!

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#7 posted 03-20-2018 02:53 AM

That’s a slick idea, really thinking outside the box!

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#8 posted 03-25-2018 01:35 AM

Excellent! I don’t have the available length to do that in my shop (pipes, duct work etc.) but this is a great idea. I did the same although I like your method better. I think people overlooked this post… this should have been in the daily top 3.

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#9 posted 03-26-2018 01:12 PM

Thanks…the ladders are now full of recent cutoffs to get the real effect. Perhaps I should have waited to take my pics…lol.
It’s sure easy to find what I need…but I still have 2 2×4 drawers full of wood as well !

-- Phil, DWG files at

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