Lumber Rack

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Project by doakster posted 01-05-2014 04:02 AM 3172 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this a couple of months ago. Everything above the bottom level was just lying on the floor and I have been tripping over for quite some time, so I decided it was time to do something about it. The cherry on the bottom level I got last week through kijiji.

I don’t remember where I first saw this design, but it is simple and quick to do, which is what I liked about it. This works best if you have a wall with exposed studs. My basement was made with styrofoam forms, which have plastic reinforcement into which sheet rock can be screwed. I screwed 2X4s on edge against the wall with several screws. I was concerned that this wouldn’t be enough to hold it to the wall, so I added another 2X4 across the top into the floor joists above to hold it against the wall (Picture 4).

The supports are simply a 24” piece of 2X4 sandwiched between to wedge shaped pieces of 1/2” plywood (Pictures 2 & 3). The plywood extends beyond the support by 3 1/4” and screwed into the vertical supports. The plywood is 3 1/2” wide at the front and angles back to 7” wide at the back. I tried pulling myself up on one of the supports and it held no trouble. So that means that each support can safely hold 220 lbs. There are four supports on each level which means each level can hold 880 lbs. There is 14” of space between levels, which means a maximum of 224 board feet can be stored on each level. Most domestic hardwoods can be stored no problem. If I had a large amount of very dense exotic hardwoods, it could be an issue, but that isn’t a problem I expect to have any time soon.

-- If it ain't broke, you're not trying. - Red Green

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 04:59 AM

Good simple design. Thanks for sharing!

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 02:14 PM

great design and a nice collection of wood!

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 02:26 PM

Nicely done.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#4 posted 01-05-2014 02:45 PM

Hey, it’s a lumber rack. What can you say? It’s the lumber on it that makes me drool.

-- Dave K.

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#5 posted 01-05-2014 05:40 PM

That’s going to be a nice addition to your shop. That’s a nice collection of lumber, BTW.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-05-2014 06:35 PM

Nice rack! Great collection of lumber! Now build something! ;)

-- - Martin

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#7 posted 01-05-2014 06:51 PM

Thanks guys. Most of the wood is cherry which I have for my kitchen cabinets. We built the house 3 years ago, and I just built the lower cabinets to get us by. I didn’t even make doors for them until recently. They just have to be finished. The plan is to start doing some more work on them this and next winter. I need to do some upper cabinets, an island, and a wall cabinet to complete the kitchen. Thankfully, my wife is patient. :)

-- If it ain't broke, you're not trying. - Red Green

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#8 posted 01-06-2014 12:11 AM

Really useful, great design. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 01-06-2014 02:21 AM

not sure whats more impressive the rack or the pile of wood

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#10 posted 01-06-2014 03:10 PM

I like this a lot. Much more affordable than the Lee Valley lumber rack that I’ve been coveting. Nice job.

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