I’ve been collecting sheets of material. Acrylic sheets, plywood, insulating foam, etc. Currently the garage doesn’t have any place good to store large sheets of material, so I decided to build something up in the attic.
I started with two upright boards (made from scrap wood I had laying around).
Then I added “shelves” about 17″ wide, 56 inches up, with side walls.
I can’t easily move anything wider than 3′ up the stairway to the attic, so the bottom part of the shelves were designed such that I can store 3’x6′ sheets sideways under them (36″) and longer boards / trim / pipes on top.
They are six feet apart, with some room at the end, and the space between them is open. This means that I can put in smaller sheets from either end or the middle, store two 4′ long sheets (one in each bay) or a single 8′ sheet. (Although typically I don’t store full 3×8′ sheets, as I’ve usually cut something larger than 1×8 out of it before storing it.)
I made the tops 56″ high because that is the height that left about a foot above them for the long boards, but since I really only need 37″ for the 3′ sheets, I added a six foot long by 16″ wide shelf between the two bays to allow me to store sheets that are less than 16″ wide horizontally.
So now I can get all of these guys out from in front of my downstairs shelves….