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I love casters and vertical storage!  Recently when cruising samsclub.com, they had the perfect combo of both.  Pegboard was arranged in a teepee fashion on top of a dolly.  Theirs was horrendously expensive since it was poly pegboard and an aluminum frame but the same could be accomplished with a sheet of 4x8 hardboard pegboard cut in half, some 1x2's, a scrap of plywood for a shelf/support for the casters and 4 casters.  

 

And as an alternative rather than pegboard with individual hooks you can use plain plywood (use 3/4" and you probably don't need the 1x2's) with wire shelf grid (or even wire fencing) installed on 1 inch standoffs.  The standoffs allow you to insert your tools into the grid.  

 

This is perfect for me to wheel next to where I'm working then push back out of the way.  32 sqft of tool storage, easily accessible.

 

 

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That looks great! I use one of those narrow shelf laundry carts on wheels to put smaller tools near me, using glass jars (like for canning) to hold brushes and trimming tools and small plastic food containers for ribs, sponges etc. Love anything on wheels. I use a kitchen turntable to set up a selection of glazes (commercial size) for when I work outside on a table.  

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I love casters and vertical storage!  Recently when cruising samsclub.com, they had the perfect combo of both.  Pegboard was arranged in a teepee fashion on top of a dolly.  Theirs was horrendously expensive since it was poly pegboard and an aluminum frame but the same could be accomplished with a sheet of 4x8 hardboard pegboard cut in half, some 1x2's, a scrap of plywood for a shelf/support for the casters and 4 casters.

 

I was searching for "tool storage" here on the forums and found this post (I must have been asleep in June). Casters are a life-saver in my garagio and just about everything (except the wheel) is on a cart of some sort.  Heavy duty casters from Home Depot are my favorites...and I am working on a new ware cart right now that features a yard-sale-find shelf unit.  Pegboard goes anywhere there is a blank space, especially the back sides of these rolling shelf cart/units.

 

I do have some advice (let's just call it Lessons from the School of Hard Knocks):

  • Unless you plan for your rolling storage to be a real pain to move (or a permanent installation) make sure it isn't taller than your doorway.
  • If your rolling shelf is on a cart make sure that the base is wide enough to keep it from being unstable/top-heavy, with pull points/handles in a low position...and again, no wider than the doorway that it might have to pass through sometime.
  • If...you have a tall cart that might end up (even temporarily) in the path of an upward bound, overhead garage-type door.  Placing tall greenware items on top of the cart and then opening the door is a really BAD idea...just trust me on this one :wacko:
  • Adding pegboard to cabinet doors is an OK idea, but make sure that your door hinges are strong enough to carry the extra weight of the pegboard PLUS whatever you might hang there.

I'm looking for a good idea for drying/storing Speedball bats...Yes, I wash mine...and yes, I capture the excess clay in a first-rinse bucket...and yes, I know they don't have to be perfectly clean to use, but, but, but...oh, nevermind :rolleyes:

 

-Paul

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Paul,

 

My teepee/leanto is almost a reality!  It's built and awaiting the drilling of holes to attach some tool holders made from plastic freezer containers (resembles Chinese takeout carton).  I ended up making the cart from just a half piece of 3/4" plywood making it 2' wide by 4 ' tall.  I braced the top and bottom ends to keep it from racking and the top is where I put my screen door handle ... waiting to see if it causes problems with the "pull point" being too high.  I'm thinking that the leanto design makes the center of gravity lower ... it seems very stable but is empty so we'll see!

 

On your bat storage ... I have a library cart that I got in a school surplus sale (along with 2 bakery racks and a couple of a/v carts!).  If you take the same concept of angled shelves it would hold your round bats...difference being angle 2 shelves towards the middle leaving a gap in the center that allows the curve of the bat to hang free.  Hope this makes sense.  A purchased alternative would be the racks used for vertical storage of plates, cookie sheets, etc.

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I love casters and vertical storage!  Recently when cruising samsclub.com, they had the perfect combo of both.  Pegboard was arranged in a teepee fashion on top of a dolly.  Theirs was horrendously expensive since it was poly pegboard and an aluminum frame but the same could be accomplished with a sheet of 4x8 hardboard pegboard cut in half, some 1x2's, a scrap of plywood for a shelf/support for the casters and 4 casters.

 

 

I was searching for "tool storage" here on the forums and found this post (I must have been asleep in June). Casters are a life-saver in my garagio and just about everything (except the wheel) is on a cart of some sort.  Heavy duty casters from Home Depot are my favorites...and I am working on a new ware cart right now that features a yard-sale-find shelf unit.  Pegboard goes anywhere there is a blank space, especially the back sides of these rolling shelf cart/units.

I do have some advice (let's just call it Lessons from the School of Hard Knocks):

 

  • Unless you plan for your rolling storage to be a real pain to move (or a permanent installation) make sure it isn't taller than your doorway.
  • If your rolling shelf is on a cart make sure that the base is wide enough to keep it from being unstable/top-heavy, with pull points/handles in a low position...and again, no wider than the doorway that it might have to pass through sometime.
  • If...you have a tall cart that might end up (even temporarily) in the path of an upward bound, overhead garage-type door.  Placing tall greenware items on top of the cart and then opening the door is a really BAD idea...just trust me on this one :wacko:
  • Adding pegboard to cabinet doors is an OK idea, but make sure that your door hinges are strong enough to carry the extra weight of the pegboard PLUS whatever you might hang there.
I'm looking for a good idea for drying/storing Speedball bats...Yes, I wash mine...and yes, I capture the excess clay in a first-rinse bucket...and yes, I know they don't have to be perfectly clean to use, but, but, but...oh, nevermind :rolleyes:

 

-Paul

Thanks for letting us learn from your mistakes. It's nice that we have a place where we're not ashamed to admit them ;)

 

Not sure of the size/shape of Speedball bats, but I find myself collecting kitchen dish-drainers and old dishwasher racks to store large bisqued tile molds and other unwieldy stuff. They can be cut down and modified for specific uses.

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just got a tall rack from a thrift shop that was made for music on discs.  whatever they are called,the rack is 6 feet high and the slots are perfect for my big round and 5 inch square bats.  takes a foot of floor space and the bats are separated and air dry perfectly.  this rack can hold about 75 bats.  too bad i rarely throw anymore.

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I love building shop things! I bought 36 casters on eBay for wheels on glaze and chemical storage, carts and wheeled tables and my lovely Work benches with the Tuscan oil cloth. I have a lot of peg board in my shop and garage. I am thinking of one of those magnet strips near my wheel for some tools. Many of my throwing tools are wood. Maybe more peg board.

Glad to hear you are constructing useful shop equipment , Judy. Paul, thanks for your insights.

 

 

Marcia

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Does anyone have a good way to store the Giffen Grip and its fiddly accessories? I have a piece of 2x4 drilled with holes for the posts and a little box for the pads, but they could be improved upon, I think.

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Does anyone have a good way to store the Giffen Grip and its fiddly accessories? I have a piece of 2x4 drilled with holes for the posts and a little box for the pads, but they could be improved upon, I think.

You can make a wall rack that it sits in on the wall. I have the accessories in a plastic block with holes like your 2x4 but I found it washed up on the beach.

Mark

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