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Wood-storage easel in the shop

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The wood-storage easel in the shop is mounted to the wall above the south side of the chop table.  Two kinds of materials are stored on it:  Moudlings and sheets.  The mouldings are arranged on wire shelves attached to the face of the ribs of the easel.  Medium and large sheets of plywood, hardboard, and other materials (removed for this photo) rest on the ledge of the easel and lean against the wire shelves for the mouldings.

For the purpose of this post, the sheeting that rests on the face of the easel has been removed to r...
For the purpose of this post, the sheeting that rests on the face of the easel has been removed to reveal the structure of the easel and the moulding storage that would otherwise be hidden.  This wide shot also shows the east wall of the shop, where the wire scrap-shelves are mounted on the wall above the north side of the chop table, and the wood-storage easel is mounted above the southern half of the chop table.  In the following photograph, the row of wall brackets holding the top of the ribs of the easel are visible just beyond the garage door track.  The horizontal ribs of the shelf of the easel are secured to studs at the wall and are held horizontal by the bottom of each upright rib of the easel.  Note that the easel shelf is equipped not only with stops at its edge, to keep stacked material from slipping off, but that running down the middle of the length of the shelf is a half-inch ridge (secured to the top of the shelf).  This ridge acts as a secondary stop so that material on the shelf can be searched more safely and conveniently.
Wire threaded through the shelf fronts in this photo keeps the moulding in place whether or not the ...
Wire threaded through the shelf fronts in this photo keeps the moulding in place whether or not the sheeting is in place.  Experience taught us that it is unwise to rely on sheeting, leaning against the face of the easel, to keep the mouldings in place.  Behind the upright ribs of the easel, the exposed area above the easel's horizontal ribs is also used to store mouldings and other long materials.  The weight of any storage associated with the easel may be considerable.  Great care must be taken in terms of the stock and joinery involved in its construction.  Great care must also be taken in terms of what is stored there, and how to safeguard anyone searching through the materials.

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