Lumberrack progress

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Blog entry by Jeremy Greiner posted 07-02-2012 12:52 AM 10958 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made some great progress with my lumber rack this weekend, I didn’t get much woodworking in last weekend but I made up for it this weekend and I’m paying for it, my back is way sore right now. But that’s ok I got a lot done so I’m happy :)

The bottom half of the lumber rack will hold plywood, and it’s divided by 5 levels. Each level consist of a yellow pine frame with an OSB top. I made these frames a while ago, they are from 2×10 SYP material from lowes that I’ve milled flat and down to 1 1/4’’ and 2 1/2’’ wide. I used halflaps glue and brads to connect the frame together.

A few days ago I picked up the OSB I needed and I didn’t use any glue, just a plethora of brad nails which seem to hold very well. I had to do this to all 5 frames to create the flag surface that would be the different levels of the lumber rack.

While I was cutting the OSB to size, I noticed something odd about one of the sheets of OSB, it had a very odd shaped bump in it. At first I had thought someone had dropped a bolt into the wood or something. But it was way to big for the thickness of the wood you’d see some metal. The only thing I can think of is that someone dropped a large bolt into the mold that’s used to press the OSB sheets, and so I got one with a bolt indent in it. Still was pretty cool and I decided to keep that scrap piece and save it for show.

Next I needed the spacers that will hold up each level, originally I planned on using just butt joints and glue but since I have the pocket hole jig I figured some extra screws couldn’t hurt. So I had to drill out all the pocket holes in all the spacer blocks (this is just 1 level’s worth of spacers).

Here is a picture after the first layer of spacers where added, then the next sheet flat surface was added on top.

Rinse and repeat that process a few more times and I get the final bottom portion of my lumber rack. A few things to note, the wheels where actually a last minute addition which bumps the rack a little higher than I wanted but I’ll survive. I don’t expect to be able to wheel the rack around while it’s loaded, I just wanted to be able to move it easily enough to get it into position. If they become a problem (cause sagging or something) I may have to remove them.

Today I needed to work on the top portion of the lumber rack that will hold the actual wood. The tricky part was figuring out how to drill the holes in the same spot in all 15 of the studs. When I ended up doing was using the holes drilled in the first one as a guide and using my hand drill and the 1’’ forsner bit I was able to drill deep enough to have a starter hole that I could finish up on the drill press.

After I drilled the starter holes and removed the original template piece, now it’s ready to go over to the drill press and rinse and repeat 13 more times.

My back was starting to bother me when I was almost done drilling all the holes, I had 2 studs left so I stuck it out and finished drilling all the holes for the 3/4’’ conduit pipe that will be used to support the wood. This is me testing the holes with a cut off piece of conduit.

Now it’s time to go lay down on the couch and play some skyrim on my xbox :)


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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 07-02-2012 02:37 AM

Looks like it’s coming together for you Jeremy…

But you under 40 guys are supposed to reserve all the back ache complaints to us … Ahem… More mature guys :^)

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#2 posted 07-02-2012 02:49 AM

I may have missed it, but what size lumber can this hold? It looks awesome.

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Jeremy Greiner

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#3 posted 07-02-2012 03:04 AM

In the sheet section it will hold half sheets of plywood (4’ by 4’) .. currently I always get plywood cut down into 3rd’s (32’’ x 48’‘) .. because that’s what will fit into the back of my mini. But I plan on getting a trailer hitch put on the back so I can haul longer stuff when needed so I designed it to hold half a sheet of plywood. I find full sheets really cumbersome for me to use so I don’t unless that specific project requires it. If that is the case though I don’t imagine I’d be storing the sheet goods for very long so I don’t think I need a special place to store it.

The top 2 shelves are 7 3/4’’ tall .. so it could store 5 sheets (10 pieces) of 3/4’’ plywood or 7.5 sheets (15 pieces) of half inch plywood .. the third shelf is only 4 1/2’’ tall it’s meant to hold the 1/4’’ material. The bottom portion is not meant to hold any sheet goods at all, I don’t know what I’ll do with the space just yet I’m sure I’ll think of something.

The top portion will contain 4 shelves, 7 inches apart .. with 3 sections .. The lumber storage is pretty compact and should store a lot. It won’t all be the easiest to get too the idea is the areas in the back are for woods that I can let air dry or site for several months while the front open area is for wood that is ready to use right now.

Here is an early picture before I extended the back from 32’’ to 48’’ which gave me another row of lumber in the back.

If there is enough interested when I’m done I’ll update my sketchup model and post it online.


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#4 posted 07-02-2012 03:58 PM

Heavy Duty, Dude. :)

Gonna’ keep watchin’ this one. Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 07-03-2012 07:28 PM

Here’s an idea FWIW….

stash the plywood low and keep the top shelf for your miscelanious stuff….

you want the COG to be as low as possible to make the cart stable when you roll it around.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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