Simple Lumber Rack

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Project by Eric Teitelbaum posted 01-24-2014 03:33 PM 2434 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve wanted a lumber rack for a while, but seems like the simple ones are hard to come by. I had the idea to make one myself with 2×4 beams and runners and 4×4 posts. The posts are angled at 10 degrees and carriage-bolted to mahogany 4×4s that were cut to fit the holes in the bed sides. (I had some mahogany left over from a deck project.) The most challenging part was mitering the top, to remove the 10 degree tilt, making the region above the beam perfectly vertical again.

I was worried there would be too much wiggle room and it would not be sturdy, however once everything was fastened together the resulting structure was very rigid. We’ll see how it holds up, and if I like how it feels maybe I’ll make the entire thing out of a more durable wood.

-- Eric, NJ,

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#1 posted 01-24-2014 03:46 PM

Nice rack! Slather it in oil preservative and you’ll not have to make another one for a long time!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 01-24-2014 04:39 PM

agree on the nice rack. might have to borrow if you don’t mind.

-- jeff robinson, panama city, fl

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#3 posted 01-24-2014 05:36 PM

Great idea. Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 01-24-2014 11:13 PM

Great idea. Like the kayak a lot!!!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 01-26-2014 04:42 PM

Great rack. It will serve you well over the years. I did build one like that a while back before buying a camper shell and sometimes, I still regret not having kept the wooden version.

I discovered you can also use this structure for camping: just throw a tarp over it and use bungee cords to secure it. I learned the hard way that if it rains, you definitely want to put a sheet of plywood under the tarp because no amount of tension on the bungee cords can compensate the weight of the water and it makes for an unpleasant wet wakeup (but a fun memory anyway)...

I like your project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#6 posted 09-13-2019 06:08 PM


the truck rack outlasted the truck. traded the ram in, RIP, and will be rebuilding this rack exactly the same for the next truck.

-- Eric, NJ,

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