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    sheet goods storage

    Hi everyone.
    Is there a best way to store sheet goods?
    I have a 3/4" plywood sheet and some melamine that is showing signs of warpage.
    I dont have any type of cabinet built for them and have them leaning up as close to vertical as possible against a plastic storage shelf unit.
    Not sure if the warpage is something I did or it just naturally happens.
    I am concerned since I will use this plywood for jigs and such in my shop.
    I really dont see any other way to store these other than cutting them into smaller pieces to avoid this.
    We put the "k" in "kwality."

    The above picture is not me!!

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    This is the way I store my sheet goods as well as scrap lumber from various projects. It is modeled after Norm's storage system. Since I have 10' ceilings I added a little extra to the 4x8 sheets to accommodate full plywood sheets. I just built a frame and added some strips of ply.
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    me too ,mine is 26" wide and full height plus..put clamps on the supporting wall side.
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    http://img65.exs.cx/img65/3005/9c-Rollinglumberrack.jpg

    I used a rack like this I built from this picture.the far side is where you store sheets, ofcourse you can modify it and use both sides

    (If Im not allowed to show this link, Id understand it getting zapped, somewhere at home I have a picture of what Ibuilt)
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    So is the issue having support for the sheet at about the halfway point?
    Since I have it just leaning against a shelving unit there is no support in the middle thus creating the warping?
    We put the "k" in "kwality."

    The above picture is not me!!

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    storing them flat will keep them that way to some degree but the truth is that when they come to the supplier they are gonna do as they want.. you have seen them in the borgs and they curl like a dried up nite crawler.. the room issue is the problem that most of us have and allens methode is one way to keep them flat as well.. keep them as straight up and down as you can or flat to stay flat or like allen.
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    allen,
    that link was fine, but you could have posted the photo too! nice lookring unit there!
    -Ned

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    I made a rack at 20 degrees from vertical and use a piece of mdf to support the plywood the full length. I remember reading somewhere that the maximum angle from vertical is 10 degrees. My plywood stays in decent shape. I cant post a picture right now because this computer doesnt have the picture.

    My ceiling is only 8 ft and it is difficult postioning the sheet on the rack. I am going to make a cart to store my plywood and store it horizontal like Allen's link shows. Then I can store the plywood in my cold storage area and it leaves some more floor space for something else.

    Is it OK to store plywood in the cold and use it right away? Or does it have to aclimate like lumber?
    Rich (the Yooper)

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    the only picture I have of the one I built before I took it apart and used the ply and wheels for the second work bench.

    It could hold 4-5 full sheets I remember, but was very heavy when loaded with sheets and filled with 8 foot pieces of lumber in the center.
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    Allen-
    I like that idea.
    My only problem is I dont have much space in the garage/shop for one of those.
    Guess maybe Ill have to fit it in.
    We put the "k" in "kwality."

    The above picture is not me!!

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