Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Full time cruising on my boat. Currently on the Tenn. River in NW Alabama in Jo
Except for my first shop in a spare bedroom, all of my other shops were in rental locations. At every rental location, I always used vertical storage. Two shops had both vertical and horizontal storage and thatís because I had forklifts in the shop to handle the plywood.
Why I choose vertical storage:
1.) The boards are always flat against the rack and so no chance of warping or twisting from not laying flat. Whenever I move boards around, solid lumber or plywood, I just kick the bottom of the stack to ensure all is flat against each other and the rack.
2). I can better see what I have
3). It is much easier and faster to move a board in the vertical position than in a horizontal lifting and moving.
4). Plywood moving is a snap. Just back up to a sheet of plywood and tilt it forward till it leans on your back. Then barely bend you knees. Then spread your arms behind you and grab the ply at a comfortable low angle and stand up straight and lift the plywood. Now you can comfortably walk and carry at the same time.
Here comes the comical part. I suggest you do this in privacy: Walk the board up to your table saw then slowly bend forward and down to your knees until the plywood is making contact with the table saw. hen crawl out from under the plywood. Turn the table saw on, lift the ply from the other end and run through the saw.
Looking at the photos, you can see that the rack slopes slightly backwards and is a few inches off the floor. It was made entirely of MDF. The arms at the ends of the lumber rack were made of 1x4 pine. I wouldnít trust MDF to handle the stresses on the sides from banging the boards around. The lumber racks can be added to at any time. The framework truss behind the face-boards were glued and screwed together, and the face boards themselves were simply screwed to the trussís. Easy assembly and disassembly if you decide to move them.
This one here was in a 12 X 32 Mini-storage building. the electricity was poor at best, so I had to buy a generator for the air compressor. This started out as my hobby shop. I would say that about half the units were rented out to businesses. Some were active shops such as cabinet making, machine shop, awnings, etc.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, and now full time cruising the waterways on my boat.