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Old 10-30-2017, 07:38 PM
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Default Short steel storage?

I made a very nice steel storage rack a while ago to hold 10' lengths of bar stock, tubing and sheet steel. (I buy all my stock in 20' pieces, then cut them in half for easier transport)
You can see this rack in the first pic.

On the next pic, you'll see that on the end, I can slide in full 4X8 sheets of steel from 18 guage up to 1/4" for my CNC plasma cutting table. Above that, I have spots for 10' sections of all my bar stock. Round stock, square stock, flat stock, angle iron, etc...

In the third pic, You'll see along the side, I have two levels of bars to seperate all my tubing. Round, and square. I can go as high as my ceiling height which is about 16'.

...but my short pieces all end up on the floor next to my work bench like the last pic...


How do you all store your short pieces, like 12"- 48"?
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:31 PM
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I use 55 gallon drums for the 3-4 foot pieces and 5 gallon buckets for the shorter stuff. Still end up having pieces laying around next to the saw though. Wall racks with expanded metal would be the way I would do it if I ever take the time to do so.
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:52 PM
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Looks like most of that is scrap, and I know that it is hard to part with.
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Old 10-31-2017, 05:44 AM
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At work I have 8 shelf racks with various size shelf’s that are organized by material type and size. Holds up to four foot stuff. The racks are about 30” deep and about 6” from the wall so with over hangs on both sides can get about four foot pieces on them without too much over hang in the front. All items are tried to put together, angle stacked according to leg size, and so on.

I just bought an old dairy milk bossy on casters that I plan on putting my shorts on in my home shop. That way it is mobile.


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Old 10-31-2017, 09:28 AM
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Some pictures of steel storage at work. 1st pic is full bar storage. 20- 25’ lengths. Except for the Stainless flats and Aluminum flats which are 12’. Aluminum is on the left side, and Stainless is on the far right.

2nd pic is heavy flat stock. Basically 1/4”x 6 up to 1”x 12” flats. We usually cut the bars to 12’ and 8’ when they come in to store on this rack. Was designed to be able to pick up entire shelf with forklift and pull out and then dig out the piece you want. Before I designed this rack, all this product used to be on the floor and we would walk over it to get stock from the main rack to the saw. Was a royal pain, and osha didn’t think much of that either . The other racks to the right are the medium size pieces, 4’ to 10’.

The third pic is our short racks. 1’ to 4’. Try to organize by item. But it gets messed up quickly with coworkers looking for something and not taking time to put everything back. Boss is really known for that, since he needs to get back to the customer waiting upstairs. On the far right is a light shelf that keep smaller 3”-8” pieces of angle and gussets pieces as we accumulate them. Unless it is less than 2” long, we hold on to it for too long. Every so often we need to cull the rack of excess multiple pieces, and the rack needs it now. We used to have a lot more customers that would come in looking a small piece, so we grew into the habit of saving everything. The trick is trying to keep it organized and not out growing the space.Click image for larger version

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..Some pictures of steel storage at work...
I've been doing this for a lot of years and over that time I've ventured into a ton of different fab shops and I gotta say that's some impressive steel storage. I don't think I've ever seen a storage rack of shorts that was better organized. Your team should take a bow for putting that together and keeping it that way...
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Thank you, and I will pass that on to my team. It is hard work to keep it organized, and very frustrating because it only take one person to mess it up and then no one cares again.


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I didn’t share my OCD on the DOM drop rack. Boss would get deals on cut off drops from our supplier. They would range from 3” to 36” in all different sizes. If we didn’t get them, they would usually go into the scrap bin. But, we used to get a lot of customers that would need a bushing and only want 2-3” anyways, so it was a good way to get a nice assortment of sizes. I made up a spreadsheet on my computer of each piece that had the OD, Wall thickness, ID, length, and which rack it was in, so when we had a customer come in looking for a certain size, I would check my inventory sheets first to see if it was worth my time to look for the actual piece. I know the inventory isn’t always updated by the other guys and the boss, but has saved a lot of my time not looking for a piece we never had in the first place.


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Old 11-05-2017, 04:10 AM
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That's some impressive OCD right there.

I'm in the process of trying to so something similar but on a smaller scale http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...&postcount=242

But my design is just a scaled down version of something I saw somewhere (possibly here) in the past.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:17 AM
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I have various piles of shorts that have further uses, one under the welding table, another total mess beside the Ironworker. That one cycles through quite often, and only gets smaller when it gets to the scrap barrels.

The short round stock by the lathe is the only things I have done right.
I had some lengths of 3/4" thick wall plastic pipe about 8" diameter. I chopped these into 2 ft lengths and used 1/4" bolts to bolt them together side by side and 3 in a row and then took these rows and bolted them one on top of the other. You just stick the DOM or short shafting into these pipes. Because mine is plastic, I put the 3"+ stuff down low as the plastic is still a bit flexible under weight.
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