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Hi all 

I am looking for a good small size sheet good rack on wheels for a small workshop. I can resize if I can find the right looking one.

Thanks

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Garage Storage Projects: Plywood Rack

Latest issue of Finewoodworking "Tools and Shops" has a nice rack on wheels for sheet goods.

I'll be watching this, I too have a small shop that needs a good rack system to corral scraps to good to toss. I have all of my tools on wheels so i can get them out of the way until they are needed.  Then when their service is required its back inside & back to work.  I keep them covered with plastic because it rains alot in the Willamette Valley (don't need rust on them). I use mostly 3" to 5" wheels because they roll better on asphalt.

 Free wood working.com has a lot of free plans for workshops and other stuff.  Also Wood Magazine has some plans you could look at also. Try to google it on the computer or check books out at the local library  under woodworking.

 

saw several good plans:  google: shop cart by Handyman club, and: Woodsmith Tips sheet goods cart.   two other interesting plans: google: Working alone with Plywood, American Woodworker, and: sheet goods cart, Handyman club.  All four free and interesting.  The one that looks best to fit my small shop is the Handyman club shop cart; but all four show interesting features for consideration as possible  modifications, and all four show detailed drawings and construction notes.  Best regards

Question: Shouldn't wood be stored flat? I was under the impression that storing wood vertically could cause warping.

The lumber racks, described above, are generally used for short term storage.

It's best to store lumber, boards and sheet goods, in the flat, to minimize warpage.

There are a couple home centers that store their boards vertically.

I find they have lots of warped material---I have to sort thru a lot, to find straight boards.

Menards does a nice job---they store all their boards and sheet goods in the flat. 

Pressure treated material, stored in the flat, will warp---that's just the nature of the beast.

The ''experts'' recommend, ''get in down'' while its still wet.  But, when it dries, it shrinks, warps and cracks occur. 

Ah. Thanks for the clarification Ken. :) -- Cheers!

When storing boards or sheet goods, for extended periods, in an out building, 

place spacers (furring strips) at 90 degrees between the layers, so as to allow air flow---

this will assist in keeping the materials from trapping moisture between the layers.

Natural convection air currents will assist in evaporating the moisture---

(stripping the moisture from the surfaces of the wood).

This is a must in high moisture regions.

Fans may be needed in larger storage facilities, to increase the airflow.

Sheet goods (plywood) are subject to separating---

the plys warp and crack---

it is especially important to use the spacers between these materials.

A tarp is helpful, covering the top-side of a stack of lumber, when stored in an out building.

Ken, I store boards vertically all the time, making sure the back side is supported.  Home centers always store on the flat, and some of their boards are the most curled.

My conclusion is that quality goods will not warp and cheap stuff will.  The deciding factor is whether or not the plies within were dried to the same moisture content when assembled. 

Btw, I recently noticed that both Depot and Lowes have dropped their cheap Chinese birch ply with that razor thin top veneer, and that's a good thing!

Ken Darga said:

The lumber racks, described above, are generally used for short term storage.

It's best to store lumber, boards and sheet goods, in the flat, to minimize warpage.

There are a couple home centers that store their boards vertically.

I find they have lots of warped material---I have to sort thru a lot, to find straight boards.

Rick,

How  ''long'' are the boards, that you store vertically?

---3-4ft long boards or 8-12ft boards.

Not all home centers, in my region, store their boards in the flat.

When I need quality boards or sheet goods, I only get them from facilities, that store them in the flat.

Rick said:

Ken, I store boards vertically all the time, making sure the back side is supported.  Home centers always store on the flat, and some of their boards are the most curled.

My conclusion is that quality goods will not warp and cheap stuff will.  The deciding factor is whether or not the plies within were dried to the same moisture content when assembled. 

Btw, I recently noticed that both Depot and Lowes have dropped their cheap Chinese birch ply with that razor thin top veneer, and that's a good thing!

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