|Shop plan: storage
Now that I've managed to get my shop cleaned and organized (see my
), it's time to start thinking about the future. By this, I
mean that I need to analyze what I need out of my workshop and how I
plan to achieve it. First step is storage
Since I recently purchased a large load
lumber (and I already have a pretty good supply for the projects I've
got in the works) I am in desperate need of lumber storage.
|At the moment I have a rack behind my workbench (corner 1 in the tour),
which will hold
roughly 100bf in 8' lengths. It will also hold 30-50bf of
36" or shorter. I also have a small space that will hold ~10 2x4
plywood sheets (not visible). There is space under the stairs, but it
is poorly utilized. It has 200bf laying on the floor, but the rest
of the space is unused. I could stack a lot
of stock in there, but getting to the stuff on the bottom would be
tiresome. In the storeroom (upper right corner) I store sheet goods and
other stock of various lengths- leaning against a wall. It is fairly
difficult to get at the back sheets and a lot of space is wasted
(corner 3 in the tour).
|My first step will be to add some racks to the storeroom for more efficient stock storage.
1) left wall: a floor-to-ceiling rack for holding boards up to 8 feet
long. My estimate is that this will hold ~450bf with optimal
usage...probably 300bf in practice.
2) right wall: a two-part sheet-goods rack. The front part will hold
large sheets (up to 4x8'). It will swing out to allow the sheets to
slide out from the end into the working area of the shop. This will
allow instant access to each sheet without moving the others.
Inspiration for this rack came from a magazine, but I can't recall
which one - possibly ShopNotes. Behind this swinging section there will
be two areas for 2x4' sheets stored on end between 2x6" studs. There
would be one more area...but I have to work around the electrical
distribution box. It will hold 7 4x8' sheets and 14 2x4' sheets.
3) right wall: above the sheet-goods rack I will add more racks for
board stock up to 6 feet in length. I think it will hold about 120bf,
4) under stairs: A series of racks, accessible from the door under the
stairs, will allow storage of stock of various lengths. The
bottom will hold longer stock (up to 8'). Each section above will hold
progressively shorter stock. On the downside, only the ends of the
boards will be visible. On the upside, it should provide an excellent
storage are for scraps, since different lengths can easily be sorted