Quick & Dirty Lumber Storage

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Project by AngieO posted 01-12-2014 04:20 AM 3817 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I needed to create a quick solution for storing my lumber. I’ve been storing it vertically… which I actually like. But I have a lot of wood. And it seems like it kept wanting to migrate into the middle of the floor.

This pic was after some cleaning. While cleaning the pile I found there is water coming in around the edge. So I decided it was time to change things around.

So… if you know me at all… You know I started out with pallet wood. Lots of pallet wood. I also reclaim a lot of lumber from places around town including a business that makes barges.

SO….. LOL… I started by… making a pallet. Sorry… I couldn’t help it. I made this and the first thing that popped in my mind was that these boards were probably waiting to be something and they ended up right back as a pallet… I had a good laugh. :)

Then I made… another pallet… and another pallet. LOL

You’ll have to forgive the poor pictures. I used my phone and I had safety glasses so I guess I didn’t notice that they were blurry.

The first pic is the base. I then attached the other two to the sides.

After that I added pieces to the ends.

When I started I had something in mind. But it became something else. The sizes were decided by me grabbing three 2×4’s from the pile that were about the same size. The three that I actually grabbed… ended up being all the same size.. 20”. So that became the depth. Grabbed another one… that became the height, 24”. Then I just decided to make it 36” long. I did enjoy the build and not having to have things a certain way.

And now I have a much nicer place to store my wood. And you can never have too much wood :)

Here’s my new storage… all put back together. I also added a couple trash cans and a bucket for storage as well. Once I get these moved I can actually open the garage door again. :)

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#1 posted 01-12-2014 04:40 AM

Very stinkin awesome. You have a nice lumber stash too!

-- Jay -

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#2 posted 01-12-2014 04:50 AM

Sure keeps em off a possible wet floor. Gr8 idea Ang

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#3 posted 01-12-2014 04:50 AM

ORGANIZATION!!! Angie, you sure made quick work of a really nice storage area and have certainly improved on your work area, beside saving good wood from water. Incidentally, if the water is seeping through your walls and onto the floor a product, “DamTite”, which comes as a powder and is mixed to about the consistency of melted ice cream and painted onto the walls on the inside will STOP that leakage forever. It dries bright white. Great stuff.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#4 posted 01-12-2014 04:50 AM

This is what it’s all about, making wood storage to fit your needs. Well done Angie.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 01-12-2014 05:40 AM

Very good use of some of your scraps. Your shop is much more organized now.

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#6 posted 01-12-2014 06:16 AM

Good work Angie!!!! I had the same problem awhile back and could not bear to part with one stick of timber to make space… I kept every stick of timber and like you I found a solution. My solution was steel and wire shelves and racks off the ground….... Your idea is great!!!!! It suits you and makes you feel good when the jobs done….....Now, go and relax with a cup of coffee and feel pleased with a job well done.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#7 posted 01-12-2014 02:44 PM

Looks like yesterday worked out pretty well. Good organization. I may think about something similar for my smaller cut offs.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 01-12-2014 02:54 PM

I wanna see it in use! Did it solve the problem?

I have the same trouble is why I ask. All my wood is piled up everywhere. I can’t get to anything because of it. I keep thinking I should just throw it all out….

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#9 posted 01-12-2014 02:56 PM

You must have posted that last picture just as I posted my request…

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#10 posted 01-12-2014 03:56 PM

Underdog… It certainly did. And… So well that it has inspired me to build some more things like this. I think I’m going to build a couple if small boxes that can slide under my bench for small scraps and waste

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#11 posted 01-12-2014 08:15 PM

At least you will not have to finish the cleanup and organizing until it warms up enough next spring to open
the door for warmth. You are going to have build something with that wood besides more places to store
more wood. If you are going to start keeping smaller pieces you might have to try something like Martyn,s
Humbug box.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 01-12-2014 08:55 PM

You have some great timber,also well done with the storage rack. And of course as always have safe fun. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 01-12-2014 10:58 PM

There you go, looks awesomelicious.

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#14 posted 01-13-2014 02:07 AM

Great storage solution- pallets from pallets!!!!!!!!!!.........Jim

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

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#15 posted 01-13-2014 01:52 PM

Nice going Angie,
Every shop need some kind of storage for their lumber. I put wheels my wood box so I can move it around the shop when I need to get at other “stuff”....
Seems every project requires a new arrangement of my machines, which are also on wheels.
Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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