View Full Version : Sheet Metal Storage Ideas

10-27-2009, 02:14 PM
I am looking for ideas as to how to efficiently store sheet metal.

How have you done it?

Pictures of your storage would be great.



Mike P
10-27-2009, 03:58 PM

There's a WOOD magazine shop techniques magazine that I got last year that shows a movable panel storage "cabinet" with different sized compartments for 4'x8', 4'x4', 2'x4' and even smaller chunks. The overall footprint is about 2'x4' and it's a little over 8' tall.


(Click on the photo on the right of the webpage for a larger shot)

I'm going to build one soon and store both plywood AND sheet aluminum in it.

10-27-2009, 04:31 PM
I am looking for ideas as to how to efficiently store sheet metal.

How have you done it?

Pictures of your storage would be great.


In my shop I had a large layout table on heavy steel casters with 3 shelves underneath and open at the back and end. The delivery truck from the metal supplier would back up to the door and I would position the table so that I could slide the sheets off the back of the truck and onto the shelf without any lifting. Lighter sheets like 28 gage could be transferred 4 or 6 at a time. The bench had the capacity to hold about a ton of metal. Sheets were 3 or 4 x 8. The idea was to handle the sheets with the least effort and safely. Space could be saved storing sheets vertically but is more difficult to handle. Sorry no pics.

10-27-2009, 04:38 PM
I'm plumb out of shop space so am about to build a lean to and move my steel rack and others stuff outside, I will add a foot to the back side of my current rack for vertical storage..........

10-28-2009, 06:00 AM
I built a giant rack out in the greenhouse for my plywood/sheet metal storage needs.. 5 shelfs 1' apart verticaly, each shelf is 4x8' and has cross braces every 2' along the 8' span. I think it worked out to like $80 in 2x4's and a couple hours beween 2 people to build.

10-28-2009, 08:52 AM
If you're storing steels outside be sure to invest in a sprayer for preservative oil, or be prepared for a rusty pile. ;)

10-28-2009, 09:17 AM
i store all my metal in my shop as small at the shop is 8x12 shed lol it works very well for me i have metal stored every where even from the celing but hey it works when i run out of room the basement is the next place to be storing my metals, one of these days ill put up a shed for storning metal in then ill have it made in the shade lol

anyhow build more shelfs hang it form the celing where ever you can find space make use if it,

10-28-2009, 11:46 AM
Here is my sheet goods and short stock storage, the center section with the chip board and drywall will hold 4x8 sheets. On the right side I have 4 sections that hold copper sheet, brass, aluminum and assorted. Also in the center I have a 2x4' sheet storage section and one about 4x4' section. On the left end I have more gas rod storage,and small stock at the top with shelves for the short stock storage.


Is the short stuff storage up to 5 foot long if you don't mind it hanging out the front.

It is made out of the heavy duty shelve rails and brackets that they sell.

10-28-2009, 12:05 PM
This is the small stock in PVC tube with acrylic sheet dividers so the tube is in 4 sections

Is the shelves on the left side with the shorts storage. It is a free standing attached to the second floor joists and the floor. all of the shelves are adjustable. So it can be reconfigured if needed with little work. Home Despot no longer sells this brand of shelve rail and brackets.http://www.leevalley.com (http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/page.aspx?c=2&p=32144&cat=3,43648,43650)

It seems they no longer carry the 80" long rails

This is the metal shelve wall. The ceilings in the shop are 10' and the wall 24' long floor to ceiling is for wood,metal long stock storage. Along with a radial arm saw in the center. the rest is for wood.
Carpet tube also works well for containing small stock and is generally free at most carpet stores. I had somebody that gave me a PU bed almost full of PVC shorts under 6 feet

10-28-2009, 01:50 PM
I've worked in a steel warehouse and in production shops that had a rack near the shears for storage of offal. The pieces were stored on edge, with four or five slots to stick metal in with the larger pieces in the rear and smaller pieces in front. Rack was just some steel channel on the floor with tubing uprights to support the sheets.

10-28-2009, 05:13 PM
anyone notice plywood deforming when left on side for long periods of time?

I don't have any rust problems in my greenhouse.. because nothing lives there and its a dirt/peat moss floor thats dry as bones, and its allways 'warmer' in there. If anything I have a dust problem.
Of course, thats also only thin sheet metal and such. Large iron will take much longer to warm up and be of a bigger rusting risk -_-;

Well, One tree lives there in the corner.. dispite my efforts to kill it. its got roots going outside for water -_-;

12-25-2009, 11:27 AM
Well, One tree lives there in the corner.. dispite my efforts to kill it. its got roots going outside for water -_-;
I have been told that copper spikes will kill a tree. Some short pieces of #4 ground wire driven into holes drilled into the tree may work.

12-25-2009, 11:37 AM
ke-rap Glen, how long have you been accumulating metal? I would love to have just half of the stock you've got stored there.:D :D

Your Old Dog
12-25-2009, 02:49 PM
I need your address and vacation schedule.