Jason, Dadoo and I have similar method for storing sheet goods. If you look at Dadoo's shop picture 4 gives a pretty good idea of the plywood cart that he has put in his shop. I use something similar but instead of fixing it to the studs I have made mine free standing. It can hold 30 sheets but is almost impossible to move if I have it loaded with more than 10 full sheets. We both have sized our lumber racks so that the plywood cart will fit underneath the lumber storage area. As a bonus since the studs making up the supports on the lumber rack are exposed there is additional storage space available between the studs for offcuts.
In my shop the lumber and plywood storage project out 2' into the shop's footprint and I have extended it about 16' along the outside shop wall in order to be able to store molding and long boards.
I have a vertical storage area in the corner of my shop. I built a raised platforn 4"high where I stand the sheets up and slide them in. It is very easy to pick one and remove it. I don't worry about warpage because I keep the bin full including smaller pieces. Check out my shop pictures, it is left of the overhead door in image #4. This method has worked well for me.
Nothing slick, but I stack sheets on edge right inside of the door. Keep the area clean in front of the stack. Have a 7 piece 4×8 grid, made of 2" plywood strips that fit together with half-lap joints. Construct the grid, drop plywood on it and cut to rough size. If I need a sheet in the back, just drop them till I get to it. Nothing fancy, just useful. K.I.S.S. methodoligy.
Wow! Thanks for the kudos Scott! I'm getting ready to make mine wider actually, to accommodate more. Jason, the plywood will eventually start to warp regardless of what you do, especially if it's some cheap grade (Chinese) or thin stock. The best thing to do is buy and use what you need as soon as you can. If ya got any questions or need more, feel free to PM me here.
Here's how I stack my plywood. I made a "riser" about 4" off the floor, and about 12" wide, and 8' long.
I put supports every 12 " apart for strength. It works really good, and the ply just slides right out.
The best way to store Ply is to lay it flat up off the floor but most folks don't have enough to room to do that so they find a way on edge ether upright or or horizontally if you do it that way you need to minimize bowing
by some type of compression to keep it as flat as possible.
My shop is about 250 square feet with minimal clear wall space. I built a mobile rack that stores up to 5 sheets of 3/4" ply on one side and smaller pieces on the other. My Saw is on a mobile base and I have a folding workbench as well as a ShopSmith Mark V with casters and DC3300 dust collector. The rack goes against one of my two long walls and the aforementioned items get pushed up against it. It's not optimal, but it works for me. The biggest issue is that the thing is incredible heavy when loaded and takes muscle to maneuver it around.
Mine doesn't take up any floor space, zero, nil, nada. It's in the garage hanging from the rafters, I built two of them and I can store about 30+ 3/4" 4'x8' sheets. I used 1/2" galvanized pipe to construct it. (Just ran out the garage to take the picture, in shorts. It's 24 degrees out. A bit cold I realized.)
Well, that's a good question and the answer is I don't know and I don't want to find out the hard way. I do have the room though but I really can't see the need to have that many on hand.
I did beef up the rafter supports before I put the racks up though. If you notice the two vertical supports on the right side, the one with the metal plate and the one behind it. And at the other end and in the middle also, so I wasn't just relying on the cross joists from side to side for carrying the load. So far the roof hasn't sagged.
The rack on the left which is the one shown has the plywood, the rack on the right (not shown) has dimensional lumber stored on it which I don't think is as heavy.
maybe not the most useful - but I let the store store it for me (pun intended). I don't keep extra full sheets around, as I really don't have the space for it. I get my sheets per project, and keep the cutoffs for misc. projects.
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