Lumber Rack

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Project by Kirk_T posted 03-26-2015 01:06 AM 2577 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Lumber rack project, consisting of 4×4s with holes drilled at a 10 deg angle, 3/4 black pipe cut to 18” long for the bottom 5 rows and a little shorter for the top 2 rows. To cover the black pipe, I’m trying out both foam pipe covers and plastic shower rod cover to see which works better. The 4×4’s sit on a 2×4 PT bottom plate that is screwed to the cement floor using tapcon screws. The top of each 4×4 is lag bolted to the ceiling joist.

Since I could not find a drill bit that would match the exact OD for 3/4” pipe, (1.050) I ordered a 26mm Forstner bit which was slightly undersized. As it turned out “slightly undersized” was a bit too much for a sledge hammer, especially after the 4×4s were in place. Without another option or a metal lathe, I took to the bench grinder and using a 36 grit wheel I reduced the OD at the end of each pipe enough that I could tap the pipe into the 4×4 with a 3lb sledge.

So far it’s working quite well and hold a lot of weight!

-- -Kirk

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Scott Oldre

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#1 posted 03-26-2015 12:29 PM

It’s so sad how fast these lumber racks fill up. Very nicely done. Wish I had a place to put something that large.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 03-26-2015 01:22 PM

THat looks really nice. The location you chOse with the stone in the background really is appealling to the eye. Now i have to ask because i am a mason, whats the concrete mix for?? Lol

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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#3 posted 03-26-2015 01:24 PM

It’s a very nice lumber rack.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 03-26-2015 01:56 PM

that will do the trick for sure!

-- Greg Simon

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#5 posted 03-26-2015 04:39 PM

Have you thought of adding some cross bracing between the 4×4’s? I had some lumber in my basement that twisted some since the humidity in the basement changes with the seasons a bit. a small bow or twist might make your pipes un-level. Just a thought, I tend to over do things though :)

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#6 posted 03-26-2015 09:23 PM

Hey Nice Rack!!!

I usually get slapped when I say that out loud

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 12:53 AM

Thanks for the feedback all! Hadn’t thought about cross bracing that is a good idea! I’m all about overkill!

Kooldecker – The cement was originally purchased to pure post supports for my son’s tree house. Though I’m not sure if I’m now going to end up needing the posts, so I may need to find another use for the cement. I’ve got a stack of type s mason mix as well that I use for re-pointing the basement walls. Actually, I should have taken the time to re-point the wall behind the lumber rack before I put the rack up! Always good to have cement and mortar mix on hand!

-- -Kirk

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#8 posted 03-27-2015 01:49 AM

Well done!!!
It will work like a charm.

Looks a little familiar….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 03-27-2015 02:25 AM

PVC makes good pipe covers, just a thought

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#10 posted 03-27-2015 07:31 AM

Built the same thing years ago. Just modified it last year to hold even more lumber. I used salvaged black iron pipe and have no staining on any of the boards. I do hear though that oak will react to galvanized pipe, so avoid that. Nice rack!

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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