I’ve spent time over the last few days making sure that the paperwork for the business was in order, sweeping and cleaning, and picking out some Walnut for the USFA trophy bases. I’ve also been spending some time thinking about how I can make the shop more efficient, and I know one way is to get the pile of sheet goods out of the corner and up onto a proper rack with wheels. The concept is that the more things I have on wheels, the more flexible and usable the space will be. My first project will be to build a great sheet goods rack.
Designing the Sheet Goods Rack
I searched online for plans and although most were inspiring there just wasn’t a plan that I wanted to build as-is. So I decided to design my own rack and put my thoughts down on paper and in Sketchup.
Here’s my list of requirements:
- Store sheet goods (typically 4’ x 8’) and sheet scraps
- Store clamps
- Store short lumber cut offs
- Break down sheets
Sketchup Design of Sheet Goods Rack
Below is the sheet side of the rack. First let me point out that the sides come down at too severe of a slope. I definitely need sides to hold the back on securely, but they can’t be at that angle.
Here are the key elements of this side:
- Lip along the front keeps them from sliding off the rack
- Storage underneath for shorts cut-offs, circular saws, etc.
- Sheets are lifted up off the rack, but supported along their length. This would allow the topmost sheet to be cut in position on the rack if a foam insulation sheet was placed behind it.
And here’s the back, which is essentially flat except for the storage area at the bottom. The flat back would be used for clamp storage.
Of course, the entire unit would be mounted on some nice casters for mobility.
I’m not in love with this one yet, there are some revisions that need to be made:
- I think the storage at the bottom may be more useful if I open up each cubby to both sides of the rack.
- The design of the side brace definitely needs improvement.
- A system that allows you to flip through the pieces without them all falling toward you would be nice.
- The casters may need to be lockable, otherwise when you try to pull a sheet out, you’ll just be pulling the rack.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think, if there are requirements I overlooked, or if you have a sheet goods rack that you love.