Lumber Rack

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Project by HickoryHill posted 08-23-2015 06:30 PM 3495 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I’ve been laying low the past few months with a back and an associated Achilles problem. Still not there yet, but I had enough lying around so I decided to get up off the couch and build a lumber rack to get the pile of cherry lumber up off the floor.

This is the basement portion of a pretty good sized 3 season porch. Makes for great storage, easy access to a hallway leading to the shop through the door on the right. To the far right is a set of french doors to the outside for easy loading and unloading of materials.

Lumber rack is 2”x4”x8’ pine with 3/4” x 16” EMT Conduit. I did rip the 2×4’s down to 3” thick for no particular reason other than I didn’t want that extra 1/2”. Holes for the EMT were bored with a 1” forstner bit at a 5° angle, 2 5/8” deep. Probably should of gone with a bit steeper angle as with a 1” hole you do loose a little of that 5° with a sloppy fit. Top of the 2×4 is lagged into the header above and 3 lags with lead wedges hold it onto the cinder block wall.

Picture #2 (sorry for the quality, just taken with my phone) shows all the cherry lumber in the rack. Our company has a sister company that does tree work. Occasionally I get to pick thru some nice logs that come in, thus a lot of cherry lumber.

Picture #3 so mostly everything in it’s place. I need a few more EMT pieces to fill out the rack so I can throw some other odd ball pieces up on the rack as well.

I have extra pieces already milled/drilled to add onto the left side, if the log pile ever gets used or moved. As it sits right now, I have roughly 14’ of wall space to use and another 2’ or so to add on some day.

Materials cost me around $140. (Another $10 or so some day when I finish the rest to the left).

-- Jim, Michigan

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#1 posted 08-23-2015 11:26 PM

Great looking lumber rack.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 08-24-2015 01:29 AM

Good looking rack and some nice cherry to fill it .
I like the EMT idea .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 08-24-2015 02:42 AM

I had to do a double take. Your rack looks exactly like mine. Mmmm…that doesn’t sound right. I did the same thing and love it. you can pull the pipes out to adjust as needed. I drilled a bunch of extra holes for flexibility.

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#4 posted 08-25-2015 01:58 AM

Nice work Jim, this should be a real hardworking area. How long is this wall? Are the vertical supports on 24” centers? Looks like a good bit of work, but, done right, this should be very efficient for many years. I have a similar area that I would like to make more efficient and you plan may be it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 08-25-2015 02:58 AM


Their is roughly 14’ of open wall space right now, with a couple more eatin up by the wood pile on the left. Supports are about 18” center (not gonna say why though…..doh).

-- Jim, Michigan

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#6 posted 08-25-2015 10:05 PM


I just moved and put in a very similar rack last week. I put mine up in my new garage, which is framed with 16” centers. I was planning on my rack spanning 12’ but due to some miscalculations over how much pipe to buy I ended up skipping one stud in the middle. I planned on going back and adding it when I had time to pick up more material but I don’t think I need to.

The project actually went very fast. I took the most time measuring and marking everything out. After that I just set my DP at 5-ish degrees. I set a fence to drill on center and zipped through the rest very quickly. I found a 15/16” spade bit at HD for a few bucks that really cut down on the slop in the hole.

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