Jay Bates Lumber Rack

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Project by Chris McDowell posted 02-12-2014 10:09 PM 5507 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Credit for this project goes to Jay Bates. Watch his video here:

I’ve needed to have a way to organize all of my lumber. Most of it is long cut offs or pallet wood and even some scrap pieces that “maybe I’ll use one day…” I can’t afford to do most of the plans I’ve seen, but when I saw Jay Bates do his I knew it was what I have been looking for.

I bought an 8 foot 2×4 to make these 3 brackets.

I started by cutting everything to size and trimming the 2×4s to 3 inches by cutting off the rounded edges.

Then I began cutting out the half lap joints. I did it like Jay does in his video where you take a few passes and break off the remaining wood (see pictures below), then clean it up.

Then I glued and screwed everything together, drew out a pattern, cut it out with the jig saw, then sanded to my line on the drum sander.

Then I pre-drilled the 2 holes in the front and put the pocket hole in the top and attached them to the wall.

Easy, affordable project. Thanks, Jay, for the inspiration.

I plan on making 6 more so that I can add above and below what you see in the pictures. I also had to buy some 3” screws, which will last me well beyond the next 6 I plan on building (I bought a 100-pack).

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 02-12-2014 10:40 PM

I’m so glad you put in that last paragraph, Chris. All I could think when reading was” he’s already got it filled, better get started on some more!” Well, they look nice and I know they’re useful.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 11:16 PM

I’ve made several, they’re stupid strong considering how easy they are to make.

Jay has some great stuff at his site if you’ve not been there before!

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Chris McDowell

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#3 posted 02-12-2014 11:28 PM

nailbanger2: You know it. Didn’t take me long to figure out I needed more.

bigfoot11: I’ve been following Jay for a few months now on YouTube. His videos are always interesting.

Thanks for the comments!

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 03:49 PM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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Chris McDowell

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 04:27 PM

Hoss: thank you

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 05:30 PM

Well done! These have been on my short list of shop projects for a while now!

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 07:03 PM

You don’t have any snow! Not fair.

And sometimes simple is the best way to accomplish a task.

-- Fr. Thomas,

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Chris McDowell

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 08:31 PM

BPatterson: thanks!

Fr. Thomas: oh, we had lots of snow here in north Georgia! It was because of the snow and me not being at work that I was able to finish these! It was freezing in the garage, but I got it done. The pictures at the beginning of this post were from last weekend when I got started.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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