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Discussion in 'QUESTIONS & ANSWERS (Get Help Fast Here!)' started by cs900, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. cs900

    cs900 United States maker of chips Active Member

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    So I guess I'm not sure where this fits in the whole format of this forum, but I'm in the process of cleaning up the my metal shop, and one thing I've never been happy about is material storage. I have a small shop and space is at a premium so I'm looking for good ways to store material in a compact and organized fashion. So how do you guys organize and store your bar stock, cut-offs, and other general materials?
     
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    I used to keep it all (about 15-20 bars, from 1"-15" lengths) piled in a corner of the work bench. Last weekend I moved it all into a small tool box, as seen below (the 4-drawer box in the middle of the three):

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    I also have a few longer lengths (about 3') and they're just sitting on the floor until some else responds to this thread with a good idea that I'll steal...
     
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    cs900 United States maker of chips Active Member

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    some great ideas already! I'm currently doing the PVC organizer trick, but generally find it to be terrible. Or probably more accurate, my implementation of it. haha.
     
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    I made this rack that holds milk crates , although 6 gallon crates are getting hard to find,
    works good for small stock , parts , paint cans, supplies
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    It holds six crates , I put the heavy things in the bottom two slots
     
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    Hey UD, from that angle in your picture it doesn't look like the garage door and stock rack like each other. You sure you have enough clearance to open that door?
     
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    Hi Randy, Yes sir there is about an inch clearance between the door and the unistrut
    here is a picture with the door up!

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    It just looks more deceptive in that first pic. It's nice to use space that normally goes wasted. Nice job.
     
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    Hey UD, what's the weight reading for your design?
     
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    Hi GoceKu
    I have about 350 lbs of materials resting on the unistrut, there are 3 supports
     
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    Thank you very much Randy
     
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    Ulma Doctor, that's very respectable, not sure if i would like that much hanging above my car with all the vibrations of my diesel car under it. Cool design, nevertheless, thanks for sharing it.
     
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    I haven't been able to park a car in my garage in 20 years. I have too much stuff occupying the space
     
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    Is a garage for cars, or our fun stuff. Well, I will take that back my wife has our freezer in the garage as well. But like UD have not been able to park a car in it in almost 20 years, but I only started doing lathe about 3 years ago. Welding, Wood work, also in a one car garage.
     
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    "until some else responds to this thread with a good idea that I'll steal..."


    Shamelessly, that's how it's done....Shamelessly.:D
     
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    Which one, There are a lot of good ideas in this thread, In fact I have some old rack slides for mounting servers, that I was thinking of redoing to make some slide trays, to go on the metal table I made to go under my lathe, That way I can put stock on it. as well as my chucks. etc. Other than that I 'm thinking the PVC pipe to make holders.
     
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    Mike I have wasted space above the g door , thanks
     
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    yeah, that's a great idea. Lots of these post are! Thanks guys, and keep'm coming.
     
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    Just a small garage shop here, but using about 12-feet of 4" PVC pipe, scrap wood and an $11 Harbor Freight dolly (bought on sale for $8), I built this little cart to organize some of my metal stock.

    The HF dolly is rated at 1,000 pounds, so even if you down-rate that to a more conservative 500 pounds, there's still plenty of capacity. The rig rolls really easily -- even over shop mats -- and there's no tendency to tip.

    What's really nice is how much material you can store when it's vertical, and how easily you can locate what you need. It's been a handy addition to the shop.

    Ken

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    organization :dunno:
     
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    If you can't go out, u gotta go up.:rolleyes:
     
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    I finally built some racking to get my longer lengths off the floor a few months ago.
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    Cheap and lazy metal storage:

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    Seeing this thread I decided to do something about the various stacks of materials I've got laying around the shop. The long stuff I leave on the floor behind the lathe. Other random lengths get stacked in the corner next to my welding and grinding tables. Usually I throw the short random pieces into a box , mostly to never reappear again. So decided at least, to have a go at organizing my short to medium length materials - all thread, round stock, and some flat bar stock - up to 6" to 24" long.

    So, welded up a simple frame to horizontally stack 24" lengths of six inch PVC pipe. I made the frame to sit on a shelf on one of my storage cabinets. Here's the result. So far so good. (P.S. The frame could sit atop a small square steel storage rack, if I ever get that far down my Project list.)

    Here are the raw pieces for the frame, before cutting and welding - lengths of square and twisted bar stock from our old front door railing.

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    End result - 5 pieces of 6" PVC pipe loose stacked in the frame. Filled with various round stock.
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    Here's the frame. 18"x14" with 9" uprights to hold the pipe sections
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    Close up of the frame construction - still needs to be cleaned up and painted.

    I figure I could stack more pipe sections to make a third and forth row if needed - by sliping lengths of 3/4" square tubing over the uprights, and adding more layers of pipes. So far, don't have a need to do so.

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    And one more view with materials
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