Converting a Garage into a Wood Shop + #3: Adding Wood Storage to Garage!

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Blog entry by CaptainKlutz posted 11-30-2019 06:03 AM 515 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Converting Wasted Garage Space into a Storage Attic with Hyloft Racks Part 3 of Converting a Garage into a Wood Shop + series Part 4: Power! for Woodworking Tools in Garage »

Today’s blog is about storing wood in garage with limited space. I completed this work about a week ago.

Since area above the garage doors is already designated as ‘attic’ space for house hold items in blog post #2, that space is gone. Only option is to use a wall rack.

Bought a pair of 48” tall 6 shelf lumber racks from Woodcraft on sale ~15 years ago, and like everything else that old in my shop; they have been used in 3 different homes, and now get installed in garage #4.

The racks are simple 1” square tube, with 6 shelves. They look like the same version made by Bora today, but are different. Mine have the shelves welded to back rail with higher weight limit, the current ones are bolt together.

Which wall?
Decided to use a location that minimized the amount of wall space needed, above where car might park, and above the garage to home door.
~60% of rough lumber I bring home is 8-9’ long. The rest is 10-12’. I decided to mount lumber racks to allow the 12’ boards to extend over the door between the garage and house, again utilizing typically wasted space. Previously, all my long boards were stored on different 24” adjustable racks, then standard boards. But then my last shop also had more wall space in a separate 1 car garage
To make this work, I needed one more 48” unit, plus a 24” unit for above the door. Was not able to find same type sold today, and my adjustable racks weren’t long enough; so I had to make some.

It took me 2 days to get it done. Had to play musical chairs to get the 240v mig welder out of the tool parking lot mess in garage. After digging in boxes/totes for an hour+, found my 30ft long 10/4 SOOW dryer plug extension cord. Made a trip to Industrial Metals Supply for (2) 10’ sticks of 13AWG 1” sq tube for $18. Then I tripped over my 10” abrasive wheel saw, and got started.

After some trial and error with my Stanley #18 Bevel Square:

Was able replicate the slight up angle on the welded shelves, and make 2 needed parts.

Like all Klutz spray paint projects, always seems we have rain when I want to spray paint. YES, rain in desert. This was weather in front of my garage door when I was ready to paint the racks:

Despite the rain, after a quick coat of rattle can gloss black paint, and adding some plastic end plugs; they almost look professionally made?

Now it’s time to mount them on wall, using my trusty laser level (best toy ever for this kind of work!):

After all this hard work, suddenly realize the bad news:
Some one has lift 400bdft of lumber onto the new racks! :-(
Most of the 4/4 lumber is easy. But the 9’ 8/4 Tigerwood and the 12’ long 8/4 hard maple was a serious challenge. But this Klutz has determination, and got it done!

Getting the lumber off the floor, cleared up a huge amount of floor space in garage! I can almost see where the Table Saw station will be sitting. :-0)

Once the Thanksgiving holiday has passed, will begin work on adding some power to garage.

See you next time, and thanks for reading!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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