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Steel stock rack

Post by Dirtytires » January 14th, 2020, 12:52 am

So, I’ve got a problem. I spent some time this weekend and have come across a problem. I have small piles of steel literally piled all over my shop and it’s just plain in the way of everything. I quit counting at 50 sections. Most of my stock is small flats, angles and square tubing and not much over 2”. Obviously some rounds, solid bar stock and miscellaneous pieces as well but it’s all in 10 foot lengths.

It is a fairly small shop so I can’t justify a whole wall for a horizontal rack. However, the shop has 10 foot ceilings so I was thinking a vertical rack would be perfect. Roughly thinking about 3’ wide and 2’ deep at the base and then tapered back to the wall at the top. Should give me enough space to put some sheet/plate goods behind and a few small shelves in the back portion for cut-offs and odd-balls.

Anybody have any experience with one of these? Is a 2 foot lean-back enough? Any recommendations on sizes or features I may want to add? Better yet, anybody have one and be willing to send me a few pictures and dimensions? Safety is important due to the weight of everything so I’d like to do this right the first time.

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Re: Steel stock rack

Post by JKalchik » January 14th, 2020, 11:09 am

That sounds a lot like the pipe rack in my local Ace hardware.


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Re: Steel stock rack

Post by McBroom » January 14th, 2020, 2:20 pm

I think you have the right idea. I'd make something to secure it to the wall though. I also wouldn't go any taller than 6' simply because the higher it is the harder it is to get materials down.
And to keep it low enough to be completely usable I'd think about making 2 racks.

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Re: Steel stock rack

Post by ajfoxy » January 14th, 2020, 4:29 pm

Or you could go high-tech and have a revolving steel rack going up one wall. Two garage door openers, one each end. When you want something rotate it until you get to the pieces you want... Might take a bit of thunk as to how to keep the stuff going over the top from falling out, but I'm sure you're up to it...
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Re: Steel stock rack

Post by Dirtytires » January 14th, 2020, 11:24 pm

=)) I’m thinking all that wild-fire smoke has clouded your judgment, Ajfoxy.

You have blown both the project AND my fabrication skills way out of proportion.

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Post by McBroom » January 15th, 2020, 10:55 am

Dirtytires wrote:=)) I’m thinking all that wild-fire smoke has clouded your judgment, Ajfoxy.

You have blown both the project AND my fabrication skills way out of proportion.

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Post by ajfoxy » January 19th, 2020, 6:32 pm

And just in case you are still stuck for ideas, here's a solution... sort of.
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Post by Dirtytires » January 20th, 2020, 12:39 pm

Thanks...that is the general idea I’m going for. I’m looking for a pretty small footprint and think the 10 foot sections will be a bit unsafe on a movable cart so have already ruled that out. Too bad cause I really like the idea of it being mobile.

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Post by JKalchik » January 20th, 2020, 1:45 pm

Bungee straps across the stock........


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Post by Dirtytires » January 21st, 2020, 11:19 pm

Definitely a strap. Was thinking of a cable/clip system so I can open up a few ‘bays’ and leave the rest strapped in. I figure it will stay vertical as long as a whole lotta mass doesn’t decide to shift all at the same time.

I started to draw it up last night and the sad thing is that I will have to go buy more steel cause I can’t find, get to, or figure out what I have in stock. Guess I waited a bit too long for this project......



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Re: Steel stock rack

Post by ajfoxy » January 22nd, 2020, 4:20 pm

Bugger... catch 22. Can't build a rack to hold all the remnant steel because you can't get to all the remnant steel to assess what you have... =))

However DT, look on the bright side. Once you have built your remnant storage rack you will always be able to see at a glance (mostly) what you have.


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Post by McBroom » January 22nd, 2020, 8:14 pm

Dirtytires wrote:Thanks...that is the general idea I’m going for. I’m looking for a pretty small footprint and think the 10 foot sections will be a bit unsafe on a movable cart so have already ruled that out. Too bad cause I really like the idea of it being mobile.

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Re: Steel stock rack

Post by ajfoxy » January 23rd, 2020, 12:04 am

I'd just put chain between the cross pieces with a hook on each cross piece. Open up each individually or all at the same time. Two chains across each side should be enough to stop anything from wanting to tip out.


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Re: Steel stock rack

Post by Dirtytires » January 23rd, 2020, 10:33 am

All good ideas.....thanks guys.



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