Shop organization and improvement is a never ending process. I’ve got my lumber rack wall and miter saw station wall pretty well organized so this week I tackled last wall remaining. I have a lot of ideas to play around with this wall but my main objective for this week was to make a plywood storage rack and get this corner organized. There are tons of designs out there for rolling racks but I wanted something to get closer to the wall and out of the way. I also wanted to store my plywood vertically to take up less floor space.
As you walk through the garage door to my shop the immediate corner to the right is what I have always used as a junk corner. I’ve never had anything dedicated to go there so everything that doesn’t have a home ends up there. Half of it is actual shop stuff but the other half is lawn tools that really need to find a new home anyway. I’m going to get a shed delivered in a few weeks (sorry, I have no desire to build a shed) so that will take care of the lawn tools. The rest of the stuff I’ll sort through and either put in the plywood rack or find a new home for it. But first I had to clean out the corner.
Here’s the cleaned corner with the design I had in mind. Nothing fancy, quick and easy joinery, elevated to prevent damage from the garage flooding and tucked away into the corner.
Inexpensive materials as well. Four 9′ studs for the vertical pieces. This will give enough room for a full 96” long sheet of plywood to stand up in the rack.
Hands down the best thing I have ever done to this shop or any of my previous shops was build this miter saw station. It’s incredibly convenient and the storage is a dream. All of the horizontal pieces were cut next.
Quick and easy joinery also means pocket holes. It’s hard to beat for shop projects and they are plenty strong enough for this application.
Each horizontal piece is spaced evenly and each joint uses two 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. Very quick and very easy.
To attach the top and bottom pieces I stood the assemblies on their side and clamped on a few scrap boards to hold everything in place. Working outside was such a good idea as well. It was a beautiful day when I put this together.
And finally the top and bottom pieces are installed. The bottom has four pieces to reduce snagging when sliding the plywood across. The top only has two as they are only used to space the vertical assemblies away from the wall and secure them in place.
With the rack built it needs to be moved inside. This actually wasn’t that bad. I thought it would be the worst part of the project but it was really easy to move. Luckily pine is light.
My garage has an elevated foundation around the perimeter. On top of the concrete foundation is a piece of treated lumber to attach the wall to. I used this as the base height for the plywood rack to keep the plywood from getting wet from below. During heavy rains a small amount of water likes to puddle up in that corner.
The bottom is secured with a 3” screw at all of the horizontal piece locations.
This actually ended up being the hardest part of the project. I didn’t take into consideration how I would secure the top to the wall as I didn’t measure for the wall stud locations when I installed the top two horizontal pieces. So what I did was I secured a 48” piece of 2×4 to the wall making sure to drive screws through the studs in the wall and was able to secure the top horizontal pieces of the rack to the bottom of that 2×4.
Finally, to support the bottom I used a piece of 2×6 and some hardwood spacers to get the correct height. Then secured the 2×6 with screws from above.
I know this project is somewhat specific to my shop but hopefully you were able to take away a few ideas for your own plywood storage. I buy my sheet goods in bulk to reduce the number of trips driving so having a place to store them now is a relief. If you enjoyed this project perhaps you would like some of my other projects. Feel free to browse around the more than 400 articles on this site and sign up for my email newsletters so you don’t miss any new content. Take care, be productive, and thanks for stopping by!