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Project by Tom Goodman posted 09-15-2009 05:00 AM 13851 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This lumber rack desperately needed to be painted. Because 90% of the wood on this project is on it’s third go-around. (used to be a shelving unit for hardware and before that it was a work/miter saw bench). And I had to get rid of some old spray cans of paint. So of course I didn’t have enough paint to finish.

My garage is 24’ X 21’ but I only have about 14’ X 21’ to use as a shop. So being limited on space I had to get rid of the steel drum of clamps, the two trash cans & three small buckets of scrap wood that I keep kicking around. as well as all the full size lumber standing up at the back of the shop.
So along with the lumber rack I incorporated a bar clamp rack and a fold down glue up table.
The size is 6’ long X 5’ tall X 32” wide. And on casters. The fold up table is 6 1/2’ by 5 foot. Made from two sliding closet doors. The cardboard tubes I use to put strips of inlay, dowels and strips of wood of different lengths. It holds all my exotic wood scraps as well as the full size boards. And of course it holds plywood.

The red paint lines are at pre-measured heights for a quick glance for the right size piece that I may I need.
In the third pic you’ll see that I added pegboard, I needed a place to put my veneer away from the other wood that could damage the veneer.

With it all loaded up it looks oversized but it’s takes up only about half the space. It also lookin like I maybe changing the rack for the clamps at a later date. But for right now this is a done project. Because I got ten . . .that’s 10 birthday gifts and I don’t know how many Christmas presents to get done in the next couple of months.
Any comments or suggestions is always welcome.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA. [email protected]

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#1 posted 09-15-2009 05:33 AM

I can feel you my friend with limited space I to have to be very creative in my garage. But it seams that over time these limitation make you very efficient with space and time management. It a nice storage unit and well organized. Good luck and work safe. Thanks for posting…Blkcherry

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#2 posted 09-15-2009 06:00 AM

I have this same problem of limited storage and I have 20’by 40’ and a 20’by 20’ wood area.. still not enough space…lol I really need a shed twice as big as Karson’s but without the jacuzzi.

-- Be safe.

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#4 posted 09-15-2009 01:44 PM

A major WOW!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 09-15-2009 03:07 PM

What a practical project, I like the lines that let you know length at a glance. Also like the fact that you’re using recycled stuff. All my shop cabinet are recycled kitchen cabinets. I’ve also used doors for varoius projects. Good job!!!

-- Roy L, Arizona

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#6 posted 09-15-2009 03:57 PM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-18-2009 03:32 PM

Now that is one versitile and useful Lumber rack. Nicely Done!


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 09-18-2009 03:43 PM

great rack ,
simple , but very effective !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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