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Any suggestions for A-frame racks for storing sheet material

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by equippaint, May 18, 2019.

  1. equippaint

    equippaint Very Active Member

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    We were going to build a 10' rolling A-frame but never seem to have the time. How is everyone else storing panels? Any pictures of shop built racks or suggestions on where to purchase pre-made? We don't have the room for more pallet racking or we would just go that route.
    About the best I could come up with were glass and granite racks but they are over built for this and pretty expensive.
     
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    Shop I used to work for had a rolling thing that our welder made. It was kinda like the A frame except not an "A".. the vertical square tubes were straight up and there were like 4 slots that we could put substrates in. It was nice to roll around the shop or roll it to the door so Glantz could load it.
     
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    Ours wasn't much bigger...we had 4x8 and 5x10 sheets on it and they both hung outside the rack by a few feet either side.
     
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    I have a couple of drywall carts that I use. They have large wheels that make them easy to roll
     
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    We use A-Frame carts we bought at Uline, you can get:

    Adjustable Panel Carts - https://www.uline.com/BL_790/Adjustable-Panel-Trucks
    Standard A-Frame Carts - https://www.uline.com/BL_1886/A-Frame-Panel-Trucks

    Check them out - it's typically cheaper IF you value your time to buy a mass-produced cart than to build one of equal quality on your own.

    For flimsy media (like thin styrene, PVC, cardstock, etc.) we use a "lift cart" (https://www.uline.com/Product/Detai...anual-Lift-Table-Standard-1100-lb-63-x-31-1-2) with a wood top and sideboard we made and attached to it. I don't have photos since I'm at home, but here is a video of something similar (looks like they don't have an adjustable height up or down on their cart but the same idea). https://www.signs365.com/static/video/background/coro/background.m4v (look at 14 seconds in until 18 seconds).

    Hope that helps!
     
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    We started the shelves on one of our pallet rack sections at 8-1/2 ft and built a base and vertical dividers to hold substrates vertically. It works well and is right by our panel saw. We also have a shorter section for drops.
     
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    If you put ACM sheets on it, do they start to get a bow in them with the ends hanging off? This was the best pre-made option I have found so far.
     
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    No bow at all. They are high quality and we use it everyday.
     
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    We built this a couple months ago.. took about 2-2.5 hours and $175 at Home Depot. Full sheets go on the bottom and cut sheets/misc up top. Rolls around the warehouse well, might put a hitch on it so the fork lift can pull it around
     

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