Plywood Storage System

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Project by Carbide posted 10-25-2013 07:09 PM 5295 views 37 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well you just bought 9 sheets of plywood because it was on sale and you have a few projects coming up and you plan on using it in the near future. Now what do you do with all of it? Well I guess you could stand it up on it’s edge and constantly move it around your shop. If you stand it up on it’s edge you take a chance of it warping too. If your shop is small like mine you need to make the best use of the space you have. Well I got tired of moving my sheets of plywood around every time I wanted to get to my stack of oak boards behind it. So I built a plywood storage system. The first thing I did was built supports in my rafters to withstand the weight concentrated in one area. I suspended 2X4 boards down and drilled a 5/8” hole near the bottom end to accept 1/2” PVC pipe and a 1/2” bolt through the center for a pivot point. I then built the rest of the frame and when it is raised up all the way I pin the opposing end with 1/2” bolts. I bought a 12v winch made for a 4-wheeler, mounted it, and attached a couple of chains and hooks. Turn the winch on and pull the stack up and pin it. The plywood is now stored securely and flat above allowing for head clearance below it. My stack of oak boards are now easily accessed.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#1 posted 10-25-2013 07:11 PM

This is freaking awesome. Love it and now it’s on my favorites

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#2 posted 10-25-2013 07:24 PM

LOL thanks Drew! Love your videos. Keep up the good work!

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#3 posted 10-25-2013 10:55 PM

This is such a great idea! I’m tagging it too!!

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#4 posted 10-25-2013 11:41 PM

Impressive storage solution….nice build carbide

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 10-26-2013 01:17 AM

That’s really clever. If my shop had a higher ceiling and fewer lights I would do that.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#6 posted 10-26-2013 01:59 AM

That’s a pretty slick system!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#7 posted 10-26-2013 02:52 AM

Great idea

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#8 posted 10-26-2013 03:00 AM

took me a minute to figure this out, dang thats good

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#9 posted 10-26-2013 03:17 AM

This is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 10-26-2013 04:22 AM

I like that idea you have shared here.,very neat to see it in action, great build !

Does it have a name? I’m thinking the SUPERMAN LIFT, up up and away ! You know what I mean. ;-)

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#11 posted 10-26-2013 06:08 AM

Really clever idea. I might have to copy it someday.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#12 posted 10-26-2013 11:15 AM

Very nice storage rack for your ply… it sure is holding up some big weight, but it looks like it can handle the load…great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#13 posted 10-26-2013 11:30 AM

Clever… you would have to know that you were going to be constantly storing ply to make it worthwhile, and have the headroom, but it’s a great concept!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#14 posted 10-26-2013 12:46 PM

GOOD IDEA may haft to copy it nice job

-- Punk in PA

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#15 posted 10-26-2013 02:01 PM

Thanks everybody. Maybe one of these days I will have a big enough shop that I won’t need to have it. But it really is nice having the sheets at the right height just to pick up and move where I want them. You know what a struggle it is to pick a sheet of ply off of the floor. This system leaves them at the perfect height to just slide off the rack and carry.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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