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    Shorts Storage build

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    No, not THAT kind!

    This kind.
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    My storage area is bleeding over into my work area and I need to get things a bit more organized. I put up shelf brackets some time ago which work great for longer boards, but using them for shorts (under 3') just clutters them up and things tend to make loud crashing sounds when I try to remove the 'one' little board I need.
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    So, I was thinking about something like this, mounted on casters it would store beneath the long board storage and in front of the sheet goods.
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    It would hold anything 3' and under in bins sized 36", 18" and 12" deep. Which gets us to another question - how short is too short? Since it is said you can't safely machine boards less than 12" long, I'm thinking anything less hits the burn pile (except highly figured or expensive - like ebony).

    What say ye? I don't have room under any tools or cabinets, so the roll-a-round box seems like the way to go, but I could be wrong. It has happened once or twice.
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    Rennie, your collection of "shorts" is better than my total anemic collection of wood period. Wish I had your "problem".

    That aside, it looks like you intend to treat your shorts with the care they deserve and the storage crate looks like a good solution. One thing that did cross my mind though (thought about this before, but haven'y gotten to it yet) would be a 20/30 gallon galvanived trash (sorry - meant to say shorts) can with a lid, handles & casters. A slightly conical inner matrix of vertical 1/4" hardboard compartments (slotted to fit), could store the shorts adequately perhaps & save some construction. Just a thought.
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    Sigh

    I have multiple plastic tubs stacked by the garage door. Its far far FAR from optimal. I think less than 12" is probably a good start for trash, although I do keep some "larger" pieces of interesting wood that are less than 12" long (i.e. I have some walnut gunstock off cuts - and no I don't remember where I got them - that are maybe only 6" long but 4x4" square). I also have a largish collection of boards that are probably to thin and should go away... maybe less than 1x1" square.

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    the floor, stacked on the long boards, leaned against the walls, on top of the tools, thrown in my shed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    the floor, stacked on the long boards, leaned against the walls, on top of the tools, thrown in my shed.
    Oh, that's the same method I was using!
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    This horizontal unit holds items slightly over 40", 36", 24" and 18". Large panels store on end to the right and small panel pieces get stashed above. Medium panel pieces go in a vertical unit across the room.

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    Pieces around 12" or so go under the TS outfeed table and little chunks go on a cleat hung unit that gets moved around. The really small stuff may end up going in the stove as I very, very rarely dig into it and the fixture is taking up wall space.

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    I have around 6 or 7 plastic bins lined up on one wall. Each one holds a different species of wood.
    Not very pretty but it works ok as I tend to save almost everything
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    This started out to be a 'Shorts Organizer.' Over time (and it didn't really take too long ) it sorta got out of hand.
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    Rennie, what you have designed is what I have always envisioned to build. Far as keeping the wood types separated, I write on the end, what type and if it comes from a custom piece. I also want to build in a place to store dowel rods in this cabinet as well.
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    I used to have bins, but bins take up room, and room is something my small garage doesn't have.

    as soon as I tripped over a bin and almost broke my neck, the bins were gone, and anything I found that was just too short or too thin, went into the outdoor firepit next door.

    I just close my eyes and toss it. only hurts a few minutes.
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