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Tony Ennis
02-24-2013, 12:22 AM
Have we had one of these lately?

Some time ago I bought several 5-gallon buckets full of acetal, delrin, nylon, etc drops, along with longer pieces.

I tried to put this stuff on some new shelves and found very quickly it was no more organized and accessible than it was when it was in the buckets.

How would the collective wisdom of the HSM recommend I organize a good number of randomly sized items? Most are bars and rounds under 15" long.

Paul Alciatore
02-24-2013, 04:28 AM
I had an idea. Farm supply places like TSC and Orschelns sell fence sections with grids of fairly stiff, welded wire. One such section should supply enough to cut several matching pieces. A frame (wood or more of the fence section) holds these pieces horizontally above each other, one a few inches above the floor and the next at about a foot. Then a shortened one at about 2 feet and a more shortened one at say, 4 feet. Different lengths of stock could be inserted vertically into the holes in the fencing: short ones out front and longer ones in the rear. All should be fairly visible and easy to reach as needed.

I haven't tried it yet, but it would seem that a fairly small floor area could hold a lot of stock. If you want to keep the stock off the floor you could add a plywood or other wood platform at the bottom.

02-24-2013, 04:07 PM
The problem with shelves is that the material is stacked on top of the piece that you need. I do a couple of things to overcome this. I have a lot of light weight 2" PVC. this is nested and stacked into the shelf and secured. The material is stored in these tubes. I also have a lot of short pieces of 4" and 6" C purlin. This is used in a similar manner.
For outside storage of larger material in less than full lengths, I do this.

02-24-2013, 04:21 PM
I had an idea. Farm supply places like TSC and Orschelns sell fence sections with grids of fairly stiff, welded wire.

Paul, could you post a link? I'm search TSC but can't find what you're describing? Sounds like a great idea!

03-01-2013, 03:02 PM
Found it: "Feedlot Panels". Cool idea Paul!


Black Forest
03-01-2013, 04:03 PM
I have a few bunk beds. The bed frames where the mattress lays is made form 2x4 or 2x2 inch 1/4" grid like the stock panels. Quick work with a cutoff blade on a angle grinder and I would have what you are talking about. I could weld additional bed frames at several heights. I use some now for stock but I lay the stock down horizontally. Standing it up would be much better I think. Good hint, Danke.

daryl bane
03-01-2013, 05:18 PM
I always like to post this ,here's how the Swiss do it. I like how everything is color coded with the legend key mounted to the side of the shelf for reference. Nice to have this kind of room.

03-01-2013, 08:01 PM
Wow, Wouldn't that be a treasure to find?? !!

Ron of Va
03-02-2013, 08:06 AM
I modified a Rockler wood clamp rack to hold my metal stock.
I use colored electrical tape to keep things organized.

03-02-2013, 10:53 AM
Here is my solution. It would be prettier if I had painted it prior to loading it with material. Even so, it allows me to store a large amount of material in a small rack that rolls around. The design allows me to organize to some extent and see what is there so I can pick through what I have.



Dan Dubeau
03-02-2013, 01:31 PM
Looking at Boucher's picture makes me laugh. I've got a solid 2' of snow in my back yard right now so his outdoor storage just wouldn't work. That swiss shop's stoarage racks are bigger than my garage. Material storage is something I've got to tackle this spring, as I've got stuff all over the place. I started with milk crates. They're full. Now I've got chunks of bar, tube, and plate all over the place. I'm thinking roll around like the two posted above, but with bigger wheels so I can roll outside (when there's no snow). I'll be paying attention to this thread for ideas too.