Long Board & Sheet Storage + Maslow CNC Frame

I built this rolling triangle shaped frame as a multi-purpose piece of shop furniture. It’s primary function will be as the frame for my maslow CNC router, which is why the front face is at a 15 degree angle and it has the 10′ unistrut beam at the top to mount the chain drive motors on.

But, if I’m going to have a frame to hold a 4’x8′ sheet in my garage, I wanted the back of the frame to serve a useful purpose, so I integrated sheet and board storage into the rolling frame. I can store multiple 4’x8′ sheets inside, along with many long boards in the top. It also stores various pieces of flat plastic and glass I’m saving for important future uses. 

Construction was relatively straightforward except for the fact that I had to cut a lot of 15 degree angles on one end of each of my frame boards. I made three triangular frames out of 2×4’s. The three boards that make up my triangle(ish) frame are 31.5″, 73.5″ and 68.75″ on the long side. They each have one 90 degree angle end, and one 75 degree (15 degree cut) end. The top of the “triangle” is flattened and the outside ends of the 2×4’s are ~13″ apart (12.392 according to calculations, closer to 13 in reality), later to be supported in place by a cantilevered piece of unistrut/superstrut that will hold up the 10′ piece of superstrut to support my X/Y axis chain motors.


Then I used two pieces of 4×8 chipboard left over from the last hurricane as the front and back, and a 30″ piece of nice plywood notched around the 2×4’s for the bottom. I put an 8′ 2×4 stud along the bottom of the front board to be used as a ledge to hold up my work piece. I also cut three 17″ long pieces of 2×2 with a 15 degree cut at one end which I mounted with the bottom 50″ above the flat bottom 2×4. These helped hold the system together before I mounted the unitstrut on the top, and also serve as shelf supports for long board storage above my main area for sheet storage.

I bought two 10′ lengths of “SuperStrut” (Lowe’s version of Unistrut) and cut one down into three 26″ long sections that I lag bolted to the top of the 2×4 uprights. These cantilevered pieces  support a 10′ length of superstrut which will support my maslow’s X/Y chain drive motors.

 

This is a welcome improvement over my previous sheet/board storage solution.

24 thoughts on “Long Board & Sheet Storage + Maslow CNC Frame

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  2. I like your design and how you made the storage space between the front and b ack. The detail of the build was very good. Thanks for taking the time to explain the details and the excellent pictures

  3. Great design, especially with the wood storage. Would you mind checking the triangle measurements? I did a quick mock-up of one of the triangles and those dimensions here don’t match the picture you have of the flattened triangle. The front leg of my triangle is about 2 1/2” too short. Thanks!

    • You are right, I did flub those measurements somehow, sorry. (I think I recorded the “short” length on two of them but reported them as the long length). I have updated the post to reflect the correct measurements (31.5, 68.75 and 73.5″). Keep in mind that the bottom board overlaps the two uprights when I screw them together.

  4. Just ordered my Maslow CNC from Makermade and I love your frame! The storage factor is genious! Do you have directions posted anywhere or how you set up the machine on the frame?

  5. First of all, thanks for sharing your design in such detail. I got my kit recently but have been putting off building the frame as I reviewed what other people have had success with. Could you share what kind of accuracy you’ve managed to get consistently & any other comments you have about your frame design & Maslow configuration?

  6. Hi that looks pretty neat, I’m going to try some of those design elements in my Maslow and post the result! Do you mind if I cite you as the creator?

    • That was the longest length that would fit under my garage door. They generally don’t need to be that long to support the top beam, but I had a full piece of Unistrut to cut up, so I decided to make them long enough that I could move the top bean out a ways if I ever put something thick on the stand and needed the extra clearance. So far that hasn’t happened, but I did take advantage of the extra length to hang a roll of fiberglass off of two of them, which worked out well….

    • Afraid I don’t have a set cutlist, but I believe I have listed all of the measurements for the triangular pieces of wood. Everything between them is basically just 8′ sheet goods or boards.The exact spacing isn’t critical as long as the center triangle is near the middle.

  7. This is perfect for my needs! Thank you so much for sharing this. How far out from the 73.5″ support did you secure the 10′ beam? I know the struts were cut at 26 but you put the beam somewhere halfway.

    Thank you again!

    • From the front of the 2×4 to the inside of the unistrut beam is about 3″, 5 and 1/4″ to the gear on the Maslow motor. Because the 10′ beam is a piece of unistrut, mounted on 3 pieces of unistrut, you can just unbolt and slide it forward/backwards to clear low openings or adjust for different thicknesses of wood.

  8. Hey Jay,
    Nice build and thanks for sharing! Quick question what size casters did you use? Are all the casters swivel?
    Thanks again!

    • I used 4″ castors (3″ dia wheels, 4″ total height) and they all swivel. Once I got it loaded up with wood, it was hard to move around (my garage floor has some cracks and slopes) so I’m considering upgrading to 5″ heavy duty castors (4″ dia wheels) but am a bit worried that I might have to chop an inch off the top of the wooden uprights to be able to get it under the garage door. On the plus side, I don’t need to move it around very much, so it’s been on the back burner.

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