Steel Material Rack

Steel Material Rack

July 2014

I had previously had steel stock located on a rack that was hard to get to, and hard to get material on and off.  I had just bought some more steel for a new project that I wasn’t going to start on right away, so it needed to be stored.  Since I currently have the bandsaw located below the wall of mezzanine and it seems like a good location, I wanted to put material above it on a rack.  The rack arms needed to be high enough that I wouldn’t bump my head on stuff, but not too high that it interferes with the access door on the mezzanine for forklifting stuff up there.

Since my brother was out visiting, I figured this was a good little project to have him help me with…. Plus, he could help me re-arrange material after it was done!

I had some surplus 3×3 sq tubing, so that was the start of the verticals.  We also needed to figure out a design for the horizontal arms… I was aiming towards something simple, my brother was envisioning something more complicated.  So I let him go to town on the arms, executing a more complicated design, but one that looks nice when finished.


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The verticals are screwed to wall at the top to stabilize them nicely.  The weight of the steel is transferred down to the bottom, and out to front leg.




With the rack parallel to the main drive in area, it was easy to back the trailer with steel into shop, lift it off with the forklift, and then the forklift was all lined up to the rack.


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Then I had my brother help me move some large square tube tubing, and some other miscellaneous tubing, angle and flat.   Much easier to to now move material down and onto the roller tables and bandsaw.