The age old question of lumber storage

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Project by EarlS posted 04-08-2014 12:34 AM 2737 views 11 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always stored my lumber on horizontal shelves hung high up on the wall of my shop. Getting wood on/off the stacks was always a long, involved process. Usually, the perfect board was on the bottom of the pile and it took half the day to dig it out and put all of the boards back.

Keeping that in mind, I decided to build a vertical storage area in the new shop. It is 4 ft wide and 3 ft deep with 16” of pitch. I can store 10 ft boards without destroying the ceiling and there is room for roughly 300 BF of lumber.

The base of the unit has a 2×6 on the front to act as a stop to keep the boards from sliding out. In order to keep the wood off the floor and prevent moisture from wicking into the wood I used 2×4’s spaced 3” apart as the base. The back and diagonal supports are secured at the top with a cross support piece. The 2×4 supports are spaced 2 ft apart on the back to provide support to the lumber so it won’t bow. I also installed arms at 4 ft and 6 ft to keep the lumber from shifting and falling off the sides, as well as providing extra stiffening to the frame. Lastly, I added chains to the front of the arms in case a board tips to the front. The entire structure is secured to the wall with lag bolts.

As you can see, the arms also serve double duty as clamp storage. I’m also going to add a shelf behind the diagonal support to store shorts. The entire project cost $55 including the lumber and the screws, bolts, chain, and such.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#1 posted 04-08-2014 12:44 AM

You can’t do that!!! Now cut it out and put those boards back the way they were!!! :)

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 01:08 AM

What a great idea. I might have to do something like this

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 05:48 AM

funny, i have something similar i rigged up in my shop about 6 months ago. I love your clamps idea, im gonna have to add that. and the chains are a nice touch.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 04:25 PM

Very nice.

-- --Tom - Saint Francis, WI

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 07:15 PM

That’s a great way to store wood! I’ve encountered similar issues in my shop. Looks like I’ll have to make one too!

-- A poor workman blames his tools

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 09:34 PM

Cool rack – I was going to ask if you would get some bowing standing boards up like that, but now I see the angled frame actually supports the boards. You smart guys think of everything!


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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