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Forum topic by RickDel posted 06-23-2020 03:53 AM 925 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RickDel

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06-23-2020 03:53 AM

Hello, I have VERY, VERY limited space in my 2 car garage. I have all my plywood and mdf 4×8 sheets leaning against a metal shelf. I need to make a change so I can access the items on the shelf (if I remove anything from the shelf now the weight of the sheets will knock my shelf over). I really can’t move the sheets anywhere else in my garage because all the space is already taken, so I guess I need to design something so they can stand on there own. I just can’t figure out how to do this!!!

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. – Rick

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Bill_Steele

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#1 posted 06-23-2020 04:28 AM

Sounds like you need something you can move around. Just google lumber cart or mobile sheet good storage and look at the pictures. You can figure it out from there.

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bmerrill

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#2 posted 06-23-2020 02:00 PM

Woodcraft Magazine Oct/Nov 2011 has a mobile miter station/ plywood storage that you could modify which would replace your storage shelves and tool stands. This edition covers a garage shop makeover. You may find many other useful ideas in this edition as well. Download/purchase $7.99 from Woodcraft.

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#3 posted 06-23-2020 02:37 PM

looks to me like you need a small shed for overflow :<)))

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HerringImpaired

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#4 posted 06-23-2020 03:58 PM

Something that makes your plywood storage mobile may be just the ticket. I found this on the web…..
https://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-plans/shop-organization/roll-around-plywood-sheet-cart

I use something similar but on a larger scale. Plywood storage on one side, panel saw on the other, and lumber storage in the middle….

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#5 posted 06-23-2020 05:39 PM

I need to do the same but may opt to reduce the length a couple of feet. I rarely keep a full sheet around for long and it could hang of the ends a foot when whole. The rest of the time it would be a better size for me. Be careful what rollers you get and the terrain they are on. A fully loaded cart could get a little top heavy and squash someone it a wheel stops moving while in motion.

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RickDel

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#6 posted 06-23-2020 06:20 PM



looks to me like you need a small shed for overflow :<)))

- GR8HUNTER

My HOA won’t allow it.

HerringImpaired, that looks great. Any idea how many sheets or the weight capacity that would hold? Like Controlfreak said, I’m mostly worried about a top-heavy situation. I need to keep it as narrow as possible but don’t want it to be too top heavy either.

Thanks!

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#7 posted 06-23-2020 07:21 PM

I can see you’ve got quite a stash there. I too have limited space for storing sheet goods. I do have a small foyer in as the shop entrance and I can stand a few sheets upright. But, I found a solution that really worked out and took up almost no space in that area.

Don’t buy any…. no kidding
I only purchase sheet materials when I need them. Then as I cut it up I’ll always have sections left over. They are smaller so usually not much of a problem.

Looking out your garage door in the picture It looks like you’re in a suburban area. Usually the stores aren’t a huge distance away in those situations.

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RickDel

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#8 posted 06-23-2020 07:37 PM


Don t buy any…. no kidding
I only purchase sheet materials when I need them.

Ok…. Well, I don’t have a truck either, so I stock up when I get the opportunity. (I’ve got a comeback for everything… haha). Seriously though, I’d like to just buy a steel cart, but need to find someone who has one they can recommend. I need it to sturdy, not too wide at the bottom, and able to hold about a dozen sheets (may 500lbs).

This one looks nice. A little expensive, but if it did what I needed it to, it would be worth it. https://www.mscdirect.com/browse/tnpla/69516409?cid=ppc-google-New+%E2%80%93+Zero+Traffic+%E2%80%93+PLA_sNZzujccF___291133167099_c_S&mkwid=sNZzujccF%7cdc&pcrid=291133167099&rd=k&product_id=69516409&gclid=Cj0KCQjw0Mb3BRCaARIsAPSNGpWUctYHOBeYW2NE9MLngCBSR6cDLcFA2ChBBPoM-wpwjUjXzJTji3gaAmjJEALw_wcB

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HerringImpaired

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#9 posted 06-24-2020 01:01 AM

I don’t know about the capacity, but I’m the kind of person that uses plans for a base, and adjust accordingly to suit my needs. I think I’d want the wheels as far apart as possible for stability. Looks simple enough…. I too work in a two car garage, so I know the struggle with space…..

This is something I built about 30 years ago, and it has about that many years accumulation, so Don’t judge, LOL!
I have a panel saw attached to the other side….

HerringImpaired, that looks great. Any idea how many sheets or the weight capacity that would hold? Like Controlfreak said, I m mostly worried about a top-heavy situation. I need to keep it as narrow as possible but don t want it to be too top heavy either.

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#10 posted 06-24-2020 03:55 AM

+1 for Craftsman on the lake. I don’t use sheet goods. Best to buy as you need it. Everytime I take advantage on a sale for boards, I end up just storing it for months on end, cause it’s the wrong type of board that I need. I Also have friends letting me know of people selling their extra hardwoods at a deal. It’s not a deal if your not using it.

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WoodenDreams

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#11 posted 06-24-2020 04:08 AM

You could use some of that to make a Plywood storage cart. To get some Ideas check bingimages.com https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Plywood+Storage+Cart+Plans&form=RESTAB&first=1&scenario=ImageBasicHover or lean it against the wall behind the tool chest

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#12 posted 06-24-2020 04:31 AM

Check out maj's effort...

Though I’d recommend bigger wheels. Ensure you engineer the wheels to the side rather than underneath to lower COG,

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CaptainKlutz

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#13 posted 06-24-2020 04:42 AM

+1 Lack of space in shop is best reason for NOT storing excess lumber, ESPECIALLY on the floor of shop.

Don’t forget that a large sheet goods cart takes up a lot more space than stuff leaning against wall? Doesn’t matter where if it can roll around.
Highly suggest you get some large card board boxes, tape them to be same size as a loaded lumber cart; and place it in your shop. Now push it around, to places it will sit when in use, and not in use.
Do you really have the room for this monster all the time?

IMHO – If I lacked a truck (which I did when I was young), before I would spend hundreds on large sheet goods cart that was always in my way; would buy another $350 folding trailer from HF. Then can pick up one sheet anytime you want, using any car with hitch and don’t need to store a pile of large sheets. Those trailers fold up, and go vertical taking minimal space. They happily fit though standard side gates when placed on a moving dolly, and hide behind your walls so the HOA Nazi leave you alone.

One time when I was making a house full of cabinets, keep stack of sheets on the HF trailer in side yard with tarp covering it, while I used them all. Yes, was PIA: unloading the trailer, folding it for vertical fit thru man sized gate, and reloading it; but it worked and kept all my sheet stock out of my way!

BTW – HOA can not ban ‘all’ storage sheds. Will believe they ban the larger kind you want to build? hehe

Having an HOA just means you have to get creative. They can not stop you having a shed as long as it stays below the height of outside walls. Can easily build a 3ft deep, 9ft wide, by 4.5ft high box with slant roof and neighbors will never see it. Would use same box for pool/patio furniture, bicycles, or as lumber storage. I know this as I just built another one for rental I currently occupy.

Storing lumber is major problem for any serious wood worker. Creativity is always required.

Best Luck finding you solution!

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therealSteveN

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#14 posted 06-24-2020 04:51 AM

Depends how many sheets you are talking about. If around 5, I’d just sling it up to the ceiling above the overhead door. Won’t interfere with lighting, and around the big door, you lose that space anyhow.

Hang up something like this, just put the arms on the sides of the shelf, so you have access to the entire front.

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RickDel

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#15 posted 06-24-2020 05:02 AM

Thanks for the responses.

Captain Klutz, I can’t have any out buildings or structures. My wife is an attorney and also on the HOA board. I’m also not allowed trailers, campers, boats, ect… ect…

I don’t normally keep excess sheet goods; however, I recently got a CNC router so I plan to go through them. And like I said, I don’t have a truck, so I have to get my lumber when I have access.

I agree a cart seems to take up a lot of space. But that’s why I asked, I thought maybe I’m overlooking a simpler solution.

The outside walls are not an option either.

And I’m know the way they’re stored now isn’t ideal, but I do have them on a piece of plywood, not on the concrete. So hopefully that helps.

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