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11-16-2004, 08:25 PM
Well I finaly got around to it. A rack to hold the metal in my tiny shop. No more digging around the stacked metal in corners! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif
It is 24x18 inches and the back three rows go all the way though, the front ones are for short stock (8" to about 18")



Metal content: screws are metal and it holds metal. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Paul in NE Ohio

Michael Az
11-16-2004, 09:46 PM
Good job. I need one badly! I keep thinking about it but so many projects!

11-17-2004, 01:46 AM
I've been using cut off portions of the heavy cardboard tubes that many vendors use for shipping the stock as a storage container. These go in wooden crates to keep them upright.


11-17-2004, 02:49 PM
Thank you for posting that. I've been on an all out decluttering, and organizing crusade since the beginning of October in my shop. Truck loads of stuff going to the dump, on ebay, donating etc. I want this place decluttered and organized by December 30th. I'm sick and tired of having to move two things to get to the one thing I need. Included in this crusade is putting almost everything in the shop on casters.

A metal short's rack is on the list as my current method (5 gallon buckets) sucks. I've been vacillating on a design, wanting to possible use the overhead area's between the joist on my mezzanine. That's not going to work - too hard to get to, too hard to see what is there etc.

So, I'm going to make a rack like yours and be done with it. I like having an open rack vs the tube style as you can see what you have without lifting the piece out of the tube.

If one were to make a rack like this, and did not have either the necessary wood or metal on hand. Would it be better to make it out of wood, or metal?

Now that you are done with it, is there anything you would do differently if you were to build one again?


11-17-2004, 03:02 PM
"Metal content: screws are metal and it holds metal."

Darn! You beat me to it.

I was going to harass you about posting a woodworking project on a metalworking site. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Oh yeah, nice job! How about making one for me? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

[This message has been edited by pgmrdan (edited 11-17-2004).]

11-17-2004, 04:36 PM
Thanks for turning on my lightbulb! I've been on a clean up and throw out mission myself for the past month. I've got the cardboard shipping tubes and some old milk crates. This will be ideal for my 3' lengths of drill rod and 01.


11-17-2004, 09:00 PM
Thanks for the kind words guys.
Wayneo2, metal would of course work just as well but probably weigh a lot more. This is the second one I built the first one was the same basic design but smaller.This one has much heavier casters, the weight really mounts up. Now this one won't be too small for....well..maybe 6 months! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Paul in NE Ohio

11-18-2004, 05:50 PM
Ha Ha pgmrdan I seen you coming!! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
(got to cover your bases with the metal content or pgmrdan will get you sure)

Paul in NE Ohio

11-18-2004, 08:03 PM
Orginization is the sign of a sick mind. -------------- Suddenly I'm feeling sick. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

11-19-2004, 09:19 AM
Great Idea and it does get the rest of "US" thinking of putting things in order. I do think we need to stress neatness,because we all most always put off that aspect of the projects we do. Dick Stack-Hillsdale Art Metal