Replace shelves in metal storage racks, by Rob

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2 minutes


In our garage are three linked metal storage racks, which we once bought in the hardware store and which are still for sale. These are supplied with chipboard (or MDF) shelves (0.9 cm thick, 91.0 cm x 45.0 cm). The rack itself is very strong and does not even rust. The shelves, on the other hand, sag very quickly after purchase without being too heavily loaded in the middle and have a tendency to crumble a bit at the edges. Time to look for a material that won't sag and can withstand damp areas: Plywood Okoume Waterproof. We have chosen 1.8 cm as the thickness because we have good experiences with this in other applications. Because it is currently very busy in the hardware store (and the sawing work is not always accurate), we ordered on The shelves are exactly to size and of very good quality sheet material (too beautiful for a garage, actually). Result: beautiful, strong and quick upgrade of our storage rack system. Photo 1 = old and new; photo 2 = chipboard edge; photo 3 = deeply bent shelf; photo 4 = the new custom sheet material; photo 5 = the result

Replacing shelves

Implementation was very easy. Since we have connected three storage racks with bolts, washers and nuts, only the bolts in the middle section (bolts on both sides) had to be removed first to be able to remove the old shelves and place the new ones. I doubted for a long time about the type of material to be used. The choice ultimately fell on Multiplex Okoume Waterproof. Not the cheapest solution, but certainly in combination with a thickness of 1.8 cm it is a sustainable solution, also considering the reuse of the existing rack.

Custom wooden shelves

15 shelves 0.9 cm thick, 91.0 cm long x 45.0 cm wide

How next?

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