Before I installed these rollers,
sliding plywood in and out of my storage
rack used to wear me out. It also damaged
the edges of the sheets. Now plywood
sheets glide in and out.
I cut the 2-1/2-in.-dia. rollers from 3/4-in. hard
maple on my drill press using a fly cutter. You could
also cut them on a bandsaw with a circle-cutting jig.
I drilled out the centers to 17/32 in., so they would
spin on the 1/2-in. hex-head bolts I use as spindles.
My rack consists of four evenly spaced blocks
attached to uprights and a 4-in.-wide x 6-ft.-long
solid-wood backboard. The backboard is screwed to
the wall; the uprights fasten to a
board mounted on the ceiling.
Before assembling the rack, I laid out and
drilled holes in the uprights and backboard for the
hex-head bolts. I counterbored the backboard’s
holes for the 1/2-in. nuts that the 7-in.-long bolts
screw into. After screwing the blocks to the backboard
and installing the nuts, I screwed the assembly
to the wall. Then I screwed each upright to the block
on the floor and the board on the ceiling. Installing
the rollers and their 1/2-in. washer spacers was the
last step. I slid them onto the bolts before screwing
the bolts into the backboard’s housed nuts.
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