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How to Make a Sheet Goods Rack

David Thiel explains how to make a storage rack for tall sheet goods. This is a handy storage unit for any workshop.

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making a storage rack for tall sheet goods
  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Highlights:

Step 1: Assemble a 'U' Shape

The sheet good rack has a tilt stop at the top (Image 1) that keeps the sheet goods from falling forward while sorting.

The bottom of the storage rack (Image 2) lifts the sheet goods off the ground to keep them away from moisture. A stop at the bottom of the unit keeps the sheet goods from tipping forward and a piece of melamine on the bottom allows the sheet goods to slide out easily when they're needed.

First, assemble the boards in a 'U' shape and secure them with screws.

Make another 'U' shape the same size as the first one. These two pieces will be attached to the wall later to form the top of the storage unit; one for each side of the unit.

Make another 'U' shape the same size as the first one. These two pieces will be attached to the wall later to form the top of the storage unit; one for each side of the unit.

Step 2: Make Corner Braces

Next, make corner braces to give the 'U' shape support. Use a miter saw to cut 45-degree bevels on either end of each corner brace, then attach one into each corner of the 'U' shape.

Attach a board to the front of each of the 'U' shapes. This piece holds the two 'U' shapes together and serves as the tilt stop.

make corner braces to give U shape support

Step 3: Cut the Melamine and Supports

Cut a piece of melamine to serve as the bottom of the storage rack.

Next, cut supports for the bottom of the unit. Cut three boards the width of the melamine, then cut one board to the length of the melamine.

For the front stop, cut another board the length of the melamine, making it taller than the other pieces so it can act as a stop.

Step 4: Attach the Pieces, and Mount the Unit

Set the melamine on top of the supports (not including the stop), then use a brad nailer to attach them. Draw a line down the center of the melamine to indicate where to attach the center support.

Tilt the unit on its side to attach the stop.

Finally, carefully mount the unit to the wall.

set melamine on top of supports and attach

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