Trade Secret 51: Build this storage rack for roll goods


Here's a great way to maximize your workspace and handle roll stock faster and more efficiently. 


Duffy Weiss, Sign Pro, Mandan, North Dakota, built this simple rack to hold roll goods at the end of a worktable. Application tape, banner fabric, paper, magnetic material or any roll stock is there, ready for you to pull out and use.


"It stores six rolls of material on 1-in. galvanized pipe," says Duffy. "I used 2x10 stock for the uprights because I wanted it to be really strong. It's very sturdy, and those full rolls of banner material are really heavy. It works great. Materials are easy to load and change, too."


Click here to download Duffy's scale drawing of the rack, and to see larger images. It's easy to build. It will make your work more efficient and help cut waste, too.


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