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Sheet goods storage rack design, is this sturdy enough?

by Spikes
posted 12-11-2018 01:59 AM


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TungOil

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#1 posted 12-11-2018 04:22 AM

Don’t take this the wrong way, but why Not just lean them against the wall? Unless you make this mobile I don’t see the benefit.

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#2 posted 12-11-2018 04:51 AM

I agree with TungOil. As long as you keep the orientation like you’ve planned the rack with the sheets on their sides, rather than their ends (good way to get a huge bow in your plywood) you are pretty much doing the same exact thing. If you have any big boxes that weigh a few pounds, like framing nails, or similar, put them on something to be off the floor, and place them as a stop. When you are sorting through the sheets move it first to get access.

Murphys law always places that sheet you want, closest to the wall. DAMHIKT.

If I was going to build a structure for plywood it would be like this, so you could flip the sheets like pages in a big book. Much easier to remove what you want without wearing yourself out. Also the tight spacing keeps the sheets from sagging as they can just standing up against a wall.

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Spikes

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#3 posted 12-11-2018 08:23 PM

@TungOil (and @therealSteveN since you guys agree, which is interesting) no wrong way taken, appreciate the comment, it then raises the following question for me:

is it the case that when lying on their side sheet goods won’t sag/warp? because it’s not been my experience and that’s the only reason I was bothering with making that frame, the angled support. Without I’d expect at least the first sheet against the wall to sag under its own weight over time (don’t use that stuff often).

Do you have direct experience storing plywood/mdf that way and getting no sag? what’s the weather like where you are? my workshop is a WWII sheet metal shed… I have zero climate control and while CA ain’t so bad winters in the sticks still get pretty wet and cold.

thanks

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TungOil

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#4 posted 12-11-2018 09:39 PM

I think it depends on how long you intend to store your sheet goods and the environmental conditions. I’ve had plywood warp that was stored leaning against a damp block wall, but I would bet it was moisture related, not gravity related.

You might want to consider building a mobile plywood cart instead. I made mine from plywood and it’s only about 50” long x about 20” wide. By storing the ply in the center ‘V’ area, I can flip through sheets like pages of a book to pull out the piece I need. The sheets are stored almost vertically so minimum chance they will warp. If you decide to go this route use HB casters! Here’s a picture of mine, in front of my overloaded lumber rack.

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