Lumber Shelves

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Project by Brian S posted 05-16-2011 11:07 PM 4008 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi everyone, for the first day of my Workshop Renovation Week, I made these simple shelves for storing lumber.

The struts are 2×4, and each bracket is a 2×4 sandwiched between 1/2” plywood and screwed together. The shelves give about 10” to the struts, so that I can store up to 10” wide lumber without overhang. The brackets are given about a 5 degree angle, so that stuff isn’t likely to fall off the front. The shelves are spaced wide enough that I can easily fit 8’ boards on them. That works for me, since transporting anything larger than 8’ is a hassle anyway.

Right now, the shelves are just plain brackets, on which I rest my lumber, but I was thinking about putting some actual shelves on top of them – maybe 8’ long 12”-14” wide plywood? What do you think? If I cut out grooves for the struts, then the shelves could go all the way to the wall, which might be handy for smaller pieces. But it might just be a lot of work for nothing. Has anybody else done this before? Suggestions?

Thanks for looking, and check back tomorrow for (hopefully) another storage project.

-- Brian

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 11:25 PM

Welcome to LJs Brain. Your project looks well built. Hope that those are beefy enough lag screws holding up the struts. I recently did a similar shelf project and was considering some of the same things you mention. I did go ahead and use plywood to make the shelves so I could store smaller pieces.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 05:31 AM

Very sharp looking lumber rack, I did something very similar in my storage closet and it has served well ! Welcome to L J ’s and looking forward to future posts !!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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