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My Horizontal Material Storage Solution

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My Horizontal Material Storage Solution

Postby johnp » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:08 am

Not sure if this will help anyone else out, but maybe it will inspire some ideas at least.

I was faced with the same challenge many of us are with regards to the need to store large sheets of materials. I needed a way to store multiple sizes of sheets (16ga, 3/16th" 1/4", etc.) which would allow them to lay nice and flat, while also keeping sizes separate and facilitating the ability to load material onto my flatbed as needed.

What I really wanted was a BigSteelRack! Alas, God only knows how much those must cost.

So instead, I purchased a used super heavy duty set of single sided heavy duty cantilever storage rack, and then set out to fabricate heavy duty forklift-able steel pallets to store the sheet material on.

Here's what the steel pallet looks like. I'm actually going to add a couple more center cross braces on the bottom to help support the pallet when laying on the shelving. But otherwise it seems to work well.
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With thin material like 16ga, it obviously droops badly on the forklift but when I lay it on the pallet it just smooths right out quite nicely.
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Finally, I forklift the pallet onto the arms of the shelving and we're done!
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If anyone has any suggestions for improvement I'm all ears! Otherwise, hopefully it helps someone down the road.

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Re: My Horizontal Material Storage Solution

Postby MPN Signs » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:08 am

Great idea. Very clean looking shop as well!

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Re: My Horizontal Material Storage Solution

Postby bigcreek » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:29 am

Dang man that is one clean shop! Those racks are great for storing material

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Re: My Horizontal Material Storage Solution

Postby johnp » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:43 am

The shop is super clean because I just built it. :-)

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Re: My Horizontal Material Storage Solution

Postby abcofab » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:45 pm

Do you know what the weight capacity of the racks are?
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Re: My Horizontal Material Storage Solution

Postby johnp » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:57 pm

abcofab wrote:Do you know what the weight capacity of the racks are?


5,000lb per shelf. Of course that assumes it's all bolted into the floor correctly and stuff. Personally I'm never going to load it up that much, but there are 3,000 lbs of material on the rack at the moment and it doesn't give a.... :-)

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Re: My Horizontal Material Storage Solution

Postby bryancab » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:26 pm

gotta be the cleanest shop ever very nice set up
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Re: My Horizontal Material Storage Solution

Postby comeoutswingin » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:08 am

Who built the racks.. I'm looking for exactly that for my new building...
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Re: My Horizontal Material Storage Solution

Postby johnp » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:43 am

comeoutswingin wrote:Who built the racks.. I'm looking for exactly that for my new building...


I got them used. But check my link in the original post...


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