Lumber Storage Rack

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Project by twobyfour16 posted 11-26-2010 07:05 PM 31929 views 50 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The work on the shop continues. I found myself stumbling over a bunch of lumber, which was making it impossible to get anything done. So, I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone. I panelled one wall of my shop with some T&G knotty cedar I had laying around(free find, by the way). Then used some pine boards I had hanging around to build a wall storage rack for (some of) my lumber.

I planed some 1×6 pine boards & face laminated 2 pieces together. I used this to bandsaw my “Shelves”. I borrowed the basic design from a recent article in one of the woodworking magazines (I would reference the actual article, but I can’t seem to find it!). Then I ripped some 1x material down to around 4” wide, sandwiched blocks made from the same material as my shelves – creating ‘slots’ to put my shelves in. Although it was probably not necessary, I drilled a 3/4” hole through the uprights & the shelves to put dowels through for added strength. I also angled the shelves up by a couple degrees to help prevent the lumber from slipping off under load.

I lag bolted the whole thing (5 shelf standards total) to the wall, into the studs of course. Before I loaded it with lumber, I tested it by hanging off the end of one shelf – and it didn’t budge under 180 lbs. I’m certain that I can’t possibly load enough lumber on this to make it break. As you can see, I am working around the rails of my garage door, but there wasn’t a reasonable way around that.

I didn’t take it all the way to the floor, because I have a miter-saw station / secondary work bench slated for the space under the rack.

Anyway, it works great, and I like how it looks. I used up some troublesome lumber, and was able to get a bunch of wood off of my floor. Hope you like it.

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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#1 posted 11-26-2010 07:42 PM

Looks great! I marked it as a favorite – I think I’m going to copy this!

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#2 posted 11-26-2010 08:00 PM

Excellent Shelve stand

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 08:51 PM

Nice project. Well done! Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 11-26-2010 08:53 PM

Very nice job and solution to a common problem.

Every time I go out to the garage (workshop), I am immediately faced with a mess of tools and wood and swear that the next project is going to be me taking the time to fix all my nagging problems and storage issues.

Of course, i never do because I’m working on the next thing so I again promise myself that after THIS project, I’m going to fix…...etc. sigh

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#5 posted 11-26-2010 09:22 PM

Great detail on the description. I like how you have put this all together. Like CL810, i think I have finally found a lumber storage rack that i like.

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#6 posted 11-27-2010 02:29 AM

Great Idea, the brackets will work for the same wall in my garage!

-- Smitty

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#7 posted 11-27-2010 02:21 PM

Yea, I really like this set up. Looks well built, solid, and 10 times better than the metal shelves I have hanging now. Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 11-27-2010 06:29 PM

Great job, looking good!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 02-18-2011 05:31 PM

Thats the one I’ve been waiting to see! Great job, I’ll be building one like this for sure.

-- - Martin

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#10 posted 07-16-2016 12:39 PM

Nicely done! I was just wondering how to use that same “dead space” in my garage. Thanks for sharing your design.


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#11 posted 07-16-2016 01:37 PM

Looks like that’ll certainly do the job. Nice build.

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