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Posted on Is this a Dumb Idea: A Scissor Lift Cart for Lumber Rack

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#1 posted 05-25-2020 03:10 PM

I store all sheet goods vertically, using what essentially looks like a clamp rack. If fact, I was making a clamp rack with forks that extended out about a foot from the wall, when it occurred to me that plywood could just slide into the slots and solve a huge storage problem. This 26” wide rack can hold 10-15 full sheets of plywood and lots of cutoffs. I can pull out any sheet or cutoff without having to move any other sheet.

For this system to work, you must have 8’ ceiling, which I just have. Oversized melamine (97”) won’t fit, so I cut it down before sliding into place. Also, you need 4’ of clearance in front of the plywood rack to be able to pull sheets in and out. The floor should be smooth and slippery where you store the plywood, else you can’t slide it in place and the edge will get bunged up. In my commercial shop, we had a 1/4” piece of melamine on the floor, but in my home shop, don’t have room for that, so have 1/8 vinyl tiles which are pretty slippery, especially with a thin coating of sawdust.

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