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

To: Jim Franklin <>, Shop-talk <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Cheap, strong, flat file storage?
From: Brian Kemp via Shop-talk <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:03:49 -0800
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Jim - If you are after storage for 8.5x11 paper, look at used office 
supply furniture places for a mail sorter.  They have ones with 
horizontal flat bins for copy paper.  Here is a sample from a quick search:

For a custom unit, make a similar thing from plywood or melamine for the 
vertical parts, plus top and bottom.  Cut dados in the verticals for 
1/8" hardboard shelves and add a back and you are set.  If you make it 
tall, you may want a fixed middle shelf to add rigidity.

For mobility, you could mount it on a dolly like


On 1/20/2019 5:38 PM, Jim Franklin via Shop-talk wrote:
> 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?
> thanks,
> jim
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