Garage Shelf from Reclaimed Fencing

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Project by SawdustTX posted 11-18-2021 04:51 PM 723 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son needed garage shelves that could hold some heavy items. We had just recovered huge piles of fences blown over by Hurricane Ivan, so I made a shelf using the lumber “raw” (last two pics). I didn’t like how rough and ugly it was, so for the second shelf I did a quick jointing and planing of the lumber first, came out much better.

First one took me all of about 5 hours to make, second one was only about 7 hours even with milling the lumber, partially because it went together so much easier with nice square lumber.

After milling, the posts are 3” x 3” the rails are 1” x 3”, and the decking is 1/2” x 5”
Raw lumber shelf is 4’ wide by 18” deep by 6’ tall. Last picture is the load testing. :)
Milled lumber shelf is 4’ wide by 18” deep by 7’ tall.
All structural joints were done with coated deck screws, also recovered from the downed fences
The shelves “decking” is milled down reclaimed fence pickets, popped on with a 16ga. nail gun.

These things are super heavy, hard to move, but will definitely stand up to the loads he’s stacking on them – spools of wire, heavy boxes, etc.

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-18-2021 08:22 PM

Those are some real strong shelving units. Nice work on them. The best part is getting the reclaimed wood.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 11-18-2021 09:57 PM

Looks like the clearance warehouse for a bench manufacturer. STRONG shelves, built like BULL

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 11-18-2021 10:25 PM

Huricane Ivan was in 2004. What took you so long?

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#4 posted 11-18-2021 10:37 PM

Thanks @Jim & @therealSteveN
@Ocelot – you’re right! idk what I was thinking, it was Hurricane Nicholas in Sep.

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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#5 posted 11-19-2021 02:12 AM

Looks sturdy.

-- Galootish log blog,

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