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Old 02-17-2014, 05:51 AM
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Mobile Storage Rack for Drops and Cut-offs

I have gone out in the shop a half dozen times to clean up my drop pile but, once I get out there and look at all of it, I stop.
This is just part of the "monster"...

I have no where to put it that is easily accessible and orderly so I was getting a little frustrated...
I got to thinking about all of the buckets (8 of them!) I am using right now as containers and decided to design a mobile rack to use those buckets.
I measured up a couple of buckets (I have a few different sizes) and modeled up an average size in UG. I had an idea already in my head so I ran with it on the computer. Once the bucket was modeled the rest was easy.
This is a side view. The rack is 24 inches wide.

Here is a front view. It is 42 inches long and about 48 inches high. Six buckets fit comfortably with room for three more in the middle if I decide to go that way. Right now I am thinking I will make this middle bay a vertical rack for longer drops.

The buckets set in, and on, 3/4 x 3/4 angle at about a 30deg tip.



A close up of the casters. You can see I am also building in a lot of narrow racks for long lengths, whether sheet metal or tubing, Should work very well. I plan to put steel on the bottom and aluminum higher up to keep it from getting top heavy but this should be pretty stable anyway.

I did the details last Monday night to build my stock list and ordered the steel Tuesday afternoon. It was in Wednesday so I picked it up and had it in the shop by 5.

Got started on the build Saturday morning about 8. I used some reclaimed 2 x 2 x 1/8 wall tubing to build the lower frame. Spent a few minutes cleaning that up with a flap wheel on my HF angle grinder.

Lower frame pieces cut and ready to weld

With the lower frame done we started making the caster brackets. Cut these out of some 1/4" plate. Drilled out to match the caster bolt pattern and put a 45 deg bend on them.


Welding on the caster plates.

While my friend Mel was working on the caster plates I was cutting steel for the actual rack part of the build.
Mel drilling the plates.

Some of the steel I cut. These are 3/4 x 3/4 angle which make up most of the horizontals. The length of the rack proper is 39.75 inches. This let me get three pieces out of a 10' long piece. That little chunk in front is what was left from each piece as "scrap"...

The vertical pieces going together. These are 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 48" long. The rack isn't all that big 24" wide x about 42" long and 51" tall. It will have a lot of storage in it though.

With the lower frame done, 4 vertical frame done and most of the horizontals cut we will get this thing welded together tomorrow.


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Finished up the build yesterday The rack went together very well. I will be getting it ready for paint in the next few days (evenings I guess).

I think it turned out great!




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nice... but I'd have made the spots for buckets the size of 5gal ones as those kitter containers are disco'd
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You do really nice fab work!!!
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nice... but I'd have made the spots for buckets the size of 5gal ones as those kitter containers are disco'd
Not to worry... I have enough to last two lifetimes...
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We all need something like this in our shops. Very nice work and a great idea. Even if we don't build one just like yours it's started me thinking.

I might use the 5 gal bucket idea that gearheadslife mentioned. Either way, it'll sure clean up that area of the shop.

Thanks for posting this up.


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I used the same principal on a much smaller scale ,coffee cans to organize all my nuts & bolts. Those Fulgers plastic coffee cans are an endless supply. So why didn't I think of that, my steel is spread all over the shop.

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Got the rack painted the weekend before last. I brushed it on. Would have went through three cans of spray paint if I had gone that route and I didn't want all of that overspray in the shop.

I used Rustoleum's clean metal primer. It is white so the red paint should be pretty brite over the top of that.

While the paint was drying I was working in the house changing out the old hollow core bathroom door with a new oak 3 panel door that I stained and finished a while back. New door frame and all.
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This is Safety Red I get at Ace hardware. It's oil based and very tough when it dries.

Got a first coat on most of it and worked on the door install while it was drying.

Once the rack was mostly dry my wife helped flip it over so I could finish the paint.

Had a good weekend. Got the rack all painted and that door finally installed.
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The rack turned out real nice and I finally got the time to get that pile of scraps cleaned up last Saturday. I started by dumping a bucket on the table so I had something to start sorting into.

There was a LOT of junk in the buckets. I started tossing all of the unusable stuff into a tote bin. 75% of what I sorted through went into the tote...

After I had been through four or five buckets this is where I was at. All of the heavy stuff, tubing and anything over an 1/8th inch is in the bottom buckets. Sheet metal up to 14ga is in the middle two and the lighter stuff and aluminum or up top. The drawer unit I had laying around and it seemed like a good storage unit for plate and tube aluminum.

This a pic of the SECOND tote I filled with stuff to go to the recycler.

Getting the pile gone.

With everything cleaned up I am left with this. Everything is in it's place and there is plenty of room for more.

The back shelves hold a lot of shorts. I am already coming up with some ideas to modify the cart....

This was good project. I am glad it's done and can be utilized now.
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think I'll be building a smaller one.. and it'll also help me get better at welding.. as I'm still in boogerville
remembering to turn the gas on before you get halfway down a project most likely helps
I blame to many years of using a boat battery and coat hanger..
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I would buy a set of blue prints if there is any !!!
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I would buy a set of blue prints if there is any !!!
I have rudimentary prints I made to lay everything out. If you are serious I will clean them up and build a stock list to go with them. Let me know.
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yes sir, I am very interested, I would try and build one for my son. he has three bmx stunt teams and he builds his own ramps. when we are done you should see the mess. kids will be kids, well hes 29! yeah kids will be kids thanks, ron
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I have rudimentary prints I made to lay everything out. If you are serious I will clean them up and build a stock list to go with them. Let me know.
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post them in this thread if it's not to time consuming.. as it'll be wealth to all that read this thread now and down the line..
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