cull pack projects - lumber rack

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Project by Michael Hacker posted 06-30-2008 03:53 AM 5939 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

made entirely from cull pack lumber! this rack has been assembled to safely store my lumber, both dimensional and sheet goods! and more!

  • Updated Pictures & Details Below

i borrowed a few ideas from other lumber rack designs, mine came together quickly using a double arm design and triple rack span. it is a completely freestanding rack joined using screws and some glue. its way strong!

each rack is comprised of four main arms, increasing in size from top to bottom (2×4, 2×6, 2×6, 2×8) and two 2×6 support beams. the support beams are notched 1” on each side to receive the arms. each arm is glued and screwed straight into the support beams square, this is where i needed some big pipe clamps!

after assembling all three racks i cut 8 cross member supports out of 2×6 stock and joined the racks together. i pocket holed each 2” (rough dimension) cross member at a depth of 3/4” on both sides! you may have noticed that i cut some corners and used a limited amount of 3” kreg screws, and the rest were 3” drywall screws. always drive the real pocket hole screw home first, then use the others as insurance.

it was at this time that i realized that positioning these supports allowed me to store flat goods within a very obvious wasted space, the height of each arm! properly positioning each cross member at the bottom of each arm allows you to place flat goods across the cross members!

i got excited and loaded some lumber to test its strength, then took some photos. in the early photos i was only using 8 cross members, and it was VERY STRONG. later i added the other 8 (the middle) cross members and lots more lumber! this was not a problem, my lumber rack is a BEAST!

additional photos are available on my website in my woodworking section!

  • UPDATED PROJECT 3/29/2010

I have moved into a new home, and… a NEW BASEMENT SHOP! the lumber rack and all its goodies

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#1 posted 06-30-2008 04:22 AM

That is one great rack, great design. very good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 06-30-2008 04:31 AM

nice rack! great design. thats a lot of wood you’ve got there. thanks for the post

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 06-30-2008 05:08 AM

If my lumber rack was that organized I would always have to buy lumber for each project. This way I wouldn’t mess up the rack. lol

Great job!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 06-30-2008 05:21 AM

Nice rack, no offense. I got to do that. Ive got the stuff all over heck.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 06-30-2008 01:12 PM

Nice rack, but if I had a rack like that, I wouldn’t have any room to do my woodworking.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 06-30-2008 01:20 PM

Mike, looks great! Love to see the rest of your shop ;)

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 06-30-2008 02:07 PM

This is a nice lumber rack. It does appear to be strong and capable of holding enough wood to keep you busy for awhile. :)

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Greg Wurst

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#8 posted 06-30-2008 02:23 PM

I wish I had the room for one of those, as well as your stack of lumber! Nice job!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#9 posted 06-30-2008 07:29 PM

You will use that rack for many project to come.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#10 posted 06-30-2008 11:53 PM

Very nice solution. I need something similar to this. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 07-01-2008 12:13 AM

Looks great. I’ve just always noticed that no matter what kind of rack you have, the board hardest to get to is the one you need.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 07-03-2008 02:34 AM

The rack will too small before you are done loading it, where are you putting the next rack…lol.

Thanks for sharing.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#13 posted 07-05-2008 12:44 AM

Very Nice

-- Jerry

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#14 posted 08-08-2008 10:23 PM

great idea! ! ! this configuration can work in any shop !!!

-- NW wood worker

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