No sign shop ever seems to have enough workspace—or enough time to get everything done. Getting (and staying) organized is one way to cope with both of those issues. If you’re picking up rolls of the products you use every day to roll out on the worktable, you’ll appreciate the rack that Duffy Weiss, Sign Pro, Mandan, North Dakota, built for this task.
It holds six rolls of material, up to 54-in. wide, on sections of 1-in. galvanized pipe. It puts those materials that you use every day right at your fingertips: application tape, banner fabric, film, magnetic material or whatever.
“The rack has made it much easier to store as well as use the material,” 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. You can mount the rack to the end of
an existing bench, or use it as two of the legs for a new 4-ft.-wide bench.
Getting more organized—especially around things you do every day—can add up to a significant time savings. Those minutes add up. It also helps minimize the aggravation factor when you’re trying to turn work out in a
hurry. The time you save by working efficiently can then be invested in finding new clients or new ways to market your work—and maybe even kicking back and relaxing a bit.
If you have time-saving tips that help make your work more efficient, I’d like to hear from you. Click here to drop me a note and a photo or two. --Tom McIltrot