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Hey All,

I'm curious what you all do to organize your machining stock. I have lots of little odds and ends - bar stock, tube, and so on, that I seem to deposit in the least useful places possible. I just moved into a studio space for my metalworking (see attached) - hoping to implement a solution and turn over a new leaf with keeping my stock under control. I'm sure I'm not the only one who faces the problem of what to do with cutoffs - what kinds of solutions are out there?

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Hey All,

I'm curious what you all do to organize your machining stock. I have lots of little odds and ends - bar stock, tube, and so on, that I seem to deposit in the least useful places possible. I just moved into a studio space for my metalworking (see attached) - hoping to implement a solution and turn over a new leaf with keeping my stock under control. I'm sure I'm not the only one who faces the problem of what to do with cutoffs - what kinds of solutions are out there?

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Man, I would LOVE to have a place like that for shop. Is it an old warehouse? Hopefully with a super heavy duty lift?
 

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Man, I would LOVE to have a place like that for shop. Is it an old warehouse? Hopefully with a super heavy duty lift?
Yup! It's an old industrial building. The closest lift is good for 3000lbs, so not too crazy - but good enough for my needs.
 

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like the angle on that - easy to store different length stock. I think I might try something similar.
Yeah, it was based on having some salvaged 3x3 grid panels from a retail display. If you have one bottom grid horizontal and angle the top grid at 60degrees, removing every second bar on the top grid allows vertical compartments of the same 3x3 grid. That way the bottom ends stay in place and the bars stand straight up.

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If you're located in Baltimore , I now know where my extra stock will go ! :big grin:

Hard to tell by the picture what location you are in , but it looks nice .
 

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Yup! It's an old industrial building. The closest lift is good for 3000lbs, so not too crazy - but good enough for my needs.
Here where I live there is just no old industrial history like back east. Whenever is see stuff on tv series where everybody seems to have access to these great old industrial buildings I'm jealous. It does beg the question I'd never thought of before, how's the floor? I love and prefer natural light and all the pics of the old industrial buildings all had tons of windows.
 

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This storage cart was my first build, I love it and it is full now, place for flat stock has been very handy. This pick is from when I first made the cart. I did end up changing the castors to steel, they roll much easier with the heavy weight compared to the plastic I tried at first. IMG_1507.jpg


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I have a lean to I built on the outside back wall of my garage It serves a multitude of uses. My back up gen set lives there so does my band saw I will be setting up my air compressor there this coming summer. On one side I built some racks that hold my bar stock. the lean to also stores all my split firewood. My chainsaws live of top of the racks, and a few old buckets hold all the off cuts that are too short to sit in the racks. It's not very well organised but it's all I've got room for.
 

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I built a small welded steel shelf and parked it an otherwise wasted space behind my mill. Small shop, small projects, small shelf. :)

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I do like vertical storage for long stuff, but short remnants can get lost in the pile.

I made this to store my plastic and small metal stock on my model bench. Something similar wouldn't be hard to make on a larger scale for bigger material.

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Lathe stock laying against walls. Alum plate and bar in a stack by the bead blaster. Steel plate and bar in another pile behind the TIG. Sheet steel piled against another wall. Plastic stock in a cabinet. Mixed shorty lathe stock in a couple of boxed behind the Bridgeport. Brass stock on a shelf. Steel shorty cut offs in a pile next to the forge. Angle iron, plate and bar stock in a pile outside.
Believe it or not I pretty much know where everything is. More or less.............Bob
 

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Here where I live there is just no old industrial history like back east. Whenever is see stuff on tv series where everybody seems to have access to these great old industrial buildings I'm jealous. It does beg the question I'd never thought of before, how's the floor? I love and prefer natural light and all the pics of the old industrial buildings all had tons of windows.
The floor is pretty uneven concrete (it's an early 1900's building) - the building is generally somewhat sketchy, but I love the big windows and "industrial" feel of the place. The windows are definitely the selling point for me, too!
 

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The other thing that is important for me is fresh air and in your pic I see one of the widows open. Do the tops of the windows open? That would a be a huge plus besides the high ceilings. Being a left coast guy I'm not really up on what you would have to do to keep that place comfortable temp wise if you are circulating fresh air. Machining with smoke that comes off when you use lube is some nasty stuff not to mention welding and all the other processes you do in working metal. I work in my garage which faces south and always have the door open when I'm working.

I have to say I've been inspired by the tidy racks guys have posted. I love the PVC pipe idea for drops and it dawns on me a good place for that is under my 4x6 saw. Right now most of the really small stuff is in a tray under the saw right now that I dig through when needed. My whole shop has to be on castors so the saw is on a HF furniture dolly.
 
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