Simple shelving and lumber rack idea

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Project by JAGWAH posted 01-25-2010 06:53 PM 5816 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This shelving idea I was shown about 30 years ago when I worked here in Tulsa installing a Walden Book store.
The idea may have been shown here before, with over 15,000 members how not. But for those that haven’t seen it…

It’s basicly a ladder. Rip a few good 2”x4”s by what ever length you need in half. Cut several approx. 12 1/4” long. Decide your needed shelf height and mark for a 1/4” deep dado to recieve the ends of the 12 1/4”- 2x’s. I gang several of my verticles together and rabbit either with a skill saw or router. I use construction adhesive when I assemble,predrill and screw together with 3-4” screws.

As to attaching to the wall, simply locate and place over studs and screw to wall using 4” screws.

A variation for me was to extend the back leg higher than the front, see pic, and drill holes to recieve 1/2’ conduit. This creates a most excellent upper storage for long lengths od lumber.

Hope this has been helpful.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 07:02 PM

Great storage shelf, boy can we pick up stuff fast then we cannot find a place to store it all.
I hate to through stuff away, if I do soon after I need it.

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 07:18 PM

A neighbor of yours Measure2x I just noticed has a similar ladder shelving look as well as about the same mess as mine, no offense M2X.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 09:35 PM

Simple and effective. Couldn’t be better.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 02:10 AM

Neat idea!

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#5 posted 01-29-2010 05:37 PM

Good idea….............


-- Robin Renee'

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#6 posted 01-29-2010 07:54 PM

Just an old simple thing like cutting the bottoms off of 2-litre soda bottles for paint or stain buckets. The other end makes quick easy funnels.

Stuff, ya know, not worth much but handy.

Like Red Green sez,” If women don’t find ya handsome at least they should find ya handy.”

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#7 posted 01-30-2010 06:26 AM

Simple is as simple does Bob, If it works it works


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#8 posted 02-03-2010 08:36 PM

Sturdy looking shelves, I spy a coleman Lantern, My father is trying to find old lanterns to Convert to electric lighting for his driveway. I have already collected approx 8-10 at garage sales & auctions for him.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#9 posted 02-03-2010 08:55 PM

Great shelving. I see you have the DeWalt DW723 mitre stand too, great piece of kit

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#10 posted 02-03-2010 11:22 PM

Use my DW723 to hold my honkin Dewalt planer too.

DaddyZ Coleman lanterns are handy to have about, they draw tasty flies and critters.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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