Basement Wood Rack

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Project by ShopTinker posted 01-06-2011 05:37 AM 4709 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago I completed this wood rack as I need somewhere to put about 400 bd ft. of red oak that I had setting in my son’s trailer. I didn’t think to take any pictures of it until afterwards. I had looked at several of the great wood racks that some of you LJs had posted. I didn’t have room to build one like those. I only have 16” between the edge of the door and the wall going into this storage room.

I shopped around and decided that the best option for me was the heavy duty shelf brackets from Menards. This system was the heaviest rated and most reasonably priced that I could find. The top rails are lag bolted about every 6” to the top plate of the wall and the 75” wall standards hang from the rails. I installed five of the wall standards at 32” spacing. I used five – 5/16”x 4 ½” lag bolts in each wall standard to fasten it to the 2”x 6” constructed support wall. These 14’ shelf brackets are rated at 250 lbs. at the outer edge. I used 24” shelf brackets for the top row as I planned to store a bunch of left over cedar on it.

The only negative I foresaw was that the brackets were stamped out so that they are open on the top side. I figured that would be a problem as the sharp edges would bite into the lumber. I solved this by ripping a bunch of 24” and 16” 2”x4” pieces in half and cutting a dado in the edge of each piece to fit snuggly over the shelf brackets. These pieces aren’t fastened to the brackets as they have to be taken off to move the brackets. This should hold more wood than I will need to store. There are 5 rows of brackets and the bottom stack of oak is sitting on 2”x2” blocks on the floor.

Let me tell you, I was working moving all of this wood from the trailer, into the garage down the stairs, into the storage room. I think that must qualify it as a wood working project. :)

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#1 posted 01-06-2011 06:37 AM

Nice lumber rack. I like the idea of the wood protectors on the shelf arms. Before I read your description, I thought you add them to keep that black mark that galvanized can leave on oak, but I see why you did it. Looks like it will hold up well.
take care.

-- Gary D.

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#2 posted 01-06-2011 07:15 AM

Good looking wood rack, but I agree you need a Metal of some type for the moving and restacking job alone. It will be great having material at hand from now on. Good job.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#3 posted 01-06-2011 08:30 AM

Well done. Its always best to have a good supply of lumber at hand you know the quality and condition of. Looks like you got that covered very well.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 01-06-2011 03:47 PM

Thanks Guys!
Dan: I hadn’t thought about the black mark. I guess I lucked out.
Bill: I have to admit that my son helped me that afternoon. When I couldn’t make another trip on the stairs we stacked the other half of the load, another 400 bd. Ft., in the front of my garage.
Skylark: I’ve excited about having the lumber handy. That bottom stack is all about 12” wide boards all 12’ long. It’s a mix, but mostly Rift sawn, from what I could tell.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#5 posted 01-06-2011 04:08 PM

Looks like a nice storage area.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#6 posted 01-06-2011 05:17 PM

Well done, always nice to have a solid storage area for that oak you scored!

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

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#7 posted 01-06-2011 07:11 PM

Looks like you’ve got a good setup going here. I can barely get anything that’s 12’ long into my basement!

So it sounds like this is pretty much full then already, with the other 400BF of oak?

I ended up building a much smaller rack than this over my drum sander table, and it was pretty much immediately full. It only holds a bit more than 100-150BF though, depending on the lengths of the boards. Now I have to figure out where to put everything else. It sure is a pain moving stuff overhead, but a necessary evil, at this point.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 01-06-2011 08:33 PM

Jonathan: The stairs from the garage into the shop was one of my very few requests when we had this house built. The 400 BF in the garage is staying there until needed. I’ve got a bunch of misc. trim and other boards, mostly pine, on my old wood rack in another part of the basement. I have to move that first. The old wood rack has to come down as part of my shop re-organization.

It seems that we build racks and storage twice as big as we need and before we know it we’ve filled them up.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#9 posted 01-07-2011 04:15 AM

Nice looking pile of wood ya got there..


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#10 posted 01-07-2011 04:38 AM

Great Lookin Rack Now You Need a Project

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 04-05-2011 04:14 PM

Dan, that’s a nice looking pile of wood.
I can think of all kinds of projects you can do with all this wood.
Pity you don’t have the time to process it.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#12 posted 05-06-2011 01:27 PM

Dan, A great looking rack. Those brackets were like I first saw about 40 years ago in the Tel. Company. They were used as cable racks to hold telephone cable in manholes etc.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#13 posted 12-27-2011 08:36 AM

Nice wood rack Dan. You can never have enough wood at hand!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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