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[Shop-talk] Cheap, strong, flat file storage?

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Subject: [Shop-talk] Cheap, strong, flat file storage?
From: Jim Franklin via Shop-talk <>
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:38:26 -0500
An artist friend needs a way to store a lot of flat paper material but on many 
different shelves; essentially a drafting storage unit but at an artist's 
price. Safco has stackable plastic units similar to desktop units that hold 
8.5x11 paper, but they're 42 x 30 or so. Problem is they cost about $60 per 
tray. Used drafting storage units are still many $100s. 

We're trying to come up with a thin, strong material that can be slid into 
slots in a frame, kind of like baking sheets on a rolling cart. The frame needs 
to roll and be strong enough not to rack when moved. 

I've made bookshelves and entertainment centers with 3/4 melamine and threaded 
rod, but that's heavy and wobbly.  Even 1/4 plywood tends to buckle and needs 
to have a finished edge. 

Any ideas on what to use or repurpose? 


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