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I have been meaning to do this for quite a while but just got around to it. If you are like me and most model builders I know there is just no piece of wood that is truly scrap. So I made this today, a quick and dirty wood storage solution. It is made from some 3" cardboard shipping tube that we get SS tubing in at work and a couple of pieces of plywood that I had laying around (not scrap!).


Cost of Materials $0.00  And it made the Admiral very happy, Priceless!

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4 hours ago, Bob Blarney said:

That's a neat solution.  PVC pipe also works, but cutting it is somewhat more difficult.

Hi Bob this is exactly what I do - I use 4" PVC waste pipe with a stop on the end.  Having said that I think that Arts solution is the same but far cheaper and easier too.

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A nice and easy way to store the strips if we have limited space. Only one thing - the tube does not prevent the wood from warping or bowing. I suppose the best option would be by stacking them horizontally like in the lumber yard. Not so easy in a small scale.

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If you don't have the space for horizontal storage, you can also tie the thin strips together with a piece of string or a rubber band - together they will not bend.


I made myself a narrow open rack with shallow shelves and some vertical battens along the length to keep the stuff in. That allows me to store the stuff according to material, while being able to retrieve shorter pieces that have been pushed in by accident.


Another option would be to make the tubes, as in Mark's picture, detachable so that you can shake them in order to get small pieces out.


For some years I kept narrow (ca. 5 cm diameter) paper tubes loose in a box upright - the narrow tubes prevented the bending and I could take them out to rattle them for retrieving short pieces. Apart from lack of floor-space it was difficult to handle those tubes, in which I kept my steel and brass stock, hence the other solution.

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Here is a pic of my storage rack. Drawer slides from the Home Depot, one quarter inch pegboard and some quarter inch dowels!

The dividers are held down by short pieces of dowels glued in their bottoms and are adjustable to accommodate the quantity of each 

dimension. It's a little more costly and time consuming to make, but its location is perfect and the strips store flat. I also spread those moisture absorbent packages around and I have never had a warping problem.


Pythagoras (Tom)            Hello Art


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Good idea, but you need a space at least 1 m deep, considering the common lenght of stock. In the next incarnation of my workshop I may place something like this behind cupboards next to the door, to be accessed from the narrow side. Or, store the stuff in a wide, but narrow cupboard with such drawers ...

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When building my first wooden ship kit, I realized a needed a way to organize the scale lumber by size.  I decided on a lumber tray to store the stock horizontally to prevent warpage, to allow easy access to less than full length pieces, and to minimize the space required.  As I was unable to find anything commercially that met my requirements, I designed this lumber tray out of inexpensive chipboard (a type of dense thick cardboard).




This can be made to any size, but I chose 10"x25"x1" so it would fit inside the box that the ship kit came in to make it easy to store.  The attached pdf file is a measured drawing of the tray.  


Lumber Tray.pdf



I used 30 ply All-Purpose Chipboard (0.10 inches thick) for rigidity.  The source I used was Blick Art Materials (dickblick.com).  The chipboard was cut with a straight edge and a hobby knife.  The pieces were glued with PVA.  Be sure to glue the divider strips to the base as well as to the ends of the tray.  A label strip is added to one side to identify the lumber sizes.



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