Lumber Rack & Storage Bins

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Project by KnotCurser posted 02-21-2010 03:04 AM 13531 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This could be called “Make the most of a really tiny space – Part One” if it were a movie – of course it would be a VERY boring flick….......

So, I had all my lumber just stacked randomly along the far short wall in my garage, which is attached to my shop. The problem with that was that it was right next to where my wife parks her car and the stack just kept getting thicker and thicker until she couldn’t open her car door any more! Doh! I am CERTAIN nobody else has heard a spouse complain about “cleaning up this pile of wood so I can park”, right? ;-)

Here’s what I came up with – A lumber rack that can store a LOT of lumber as well as plenty of storage for offcuts, scraps and smaller pieces, with room to add a sheet goods rack soon!

There is 48 square feet of lumber storage – 20 hangers which means 40 half-laps! I had a HUGE pile of sawdust when these were done! I fastened it all with 4 inch lag screws and a ton of glue – luckily the top was able to tuck in between the two 2×12’s of my garage header – very sturdy! I was able to hang over 200lbs of weight off of a single hanger so I’m not too concerned about weight.

Also I was able to add the 4×8 locker on the right to hold my air compressor, cut-offs and six scrap bins – they just hang from 2×4 railings. Under the rack I made use of the space and added a place for shorter lumber.

The next plan is to add a wheeled sheet goods rack that is hinged to the left-side of the lumber rack and will pivot out to allow me to access the sheet goods as well as get behind it.

Now, once the snow melts I can get to my lumber stack and start hauling some nicer lumber inside for easy access!!!!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 02-21-2010 03:06 AM

Good storage.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#2 posted 02-21-2010 03:08 AM

Nice work.

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Rick George

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#3 posted 02-21-2010 03:17 AM

Nice use of space.

-- Rick

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#4 posted 02-21-2010 04:56 AM

I’m all about organization in the shop, that’s a nice set up.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#5 posted 02-21-2010 07:27 AM

I really like the scrap bin idea. I may have to add a similar setup to my lumber storage. Thanks for posting.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#6 posted 02-21-2010 04:20 PM

Very nice, I need to consider something like this, my lumber is kind of scattered between the basement and shed. Great design.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#7 posted 02-21-2010 04:36 PM

I am jealous, this is a great storage solution. now all i need to do is find and clean up some wall space to make something like this happen. fantastic work!


-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#8 posted 02-21-2010 05:19 PM

Great use of space! You can never have enough. One thing you might do is drill a blind hole in the end of all your lumber supports and insert a loose dowel that can be removed. This will keep an avalanche of wood from rolling off the rack. Don,t ask me how I know. I really like the bin storage.

-- Gotwood1962, If sawdust were valuable... I'd be a millionaire

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#9 posted 02-26-2010 03:11 PM

Great use of space, but if you want to see the definition of a tiny space check out my shed. That is sheer luxury mate, wot u got.


-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#10 posted 02-27-2010 12:21 AM


First let me state that I have never complained about the lack of space as I am truly blessed with a great shop! Now let me state that after looking at YOUR shop I doubt ANYONE could complain! My hat is off to you mate! I compliment you on being able to turn out the fantastic projects that you do in the space that you have! Keep up the great work!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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