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Shipping Container Wood Storage #2: The Compromises

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Blog entry by splintergroup posted 04-05-2021 08:16 PM 333 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There is nothing complex about placing a rack into a steel box. As a matter of fact, it’s freaking easy 8^)

Plenty of structure to attach to, straight and level.

I knew it had to be strong and maximize the space so I opted for steel pipe as the rungs, space every two feet.
Though I could go the full 20’ of depth, only my Poplar lumber is 16’ and everything else is 12’ or shorter. I settled on 12’ (requiring 7 verticals of rungs).

A 16” spacing between tiers of rungs seemed proper to avoid too much weight on any one level and make for easier access to the boards at the bottoms of the stacks.

Plenty of room on one wall, I figured about 30” of width to allow for more junk to collect over the coming years.

Besides, I needed space for my bald Bronco wheels and tires plus a perfectly working 33” CRT television from the pre-HD days (I do have my share of those taxpayer subsidized digital down convertors 8^)

Normally the steel wall would be a great anchor point for one side of the rungs, but being the pristine nature of my beloved container, I didn’t want to drill a gazillion holes though the side.
My solution was 2×4 uprights, attached to the container top rail and floor.

The top rail is actually square tubing so any hole drilled from the inside doesn’t penetrate the outside.
I decided on using nut rivet thing-mas which meant I could also buy a new tool ( win-win )

The thing-mas were installed into the upper rail, making for a secure attachment point for the top of the 2×4s

Of course to accurately install the rivet thing-mas, you need a proper jig.

The Thing-Ma Jig™ is the perfect tool! (patent pending)


The Lower end is secured to the floor with a section of angle iron.

I pondered buying 2×4s but given the current prices, I decided to cut up some premium 20’ers I had been saving for years (ya just never know).

I ended up needing three more, so for a princely sum of $25, I got three 8’ 2×4s, super light weight “white wood” with extra bark!
Who else would use “live edge” wood for their lumber rack!

I had planned on using 3/4” black pipe for the rungs, drilling holes into the 2×4s and securing them with pins drilled through the width of the wood and pipe.

This seemed painfully arduous and the required pipe was just way too $$$$

I found some “decorator” pipe and fittings for a lot less (needed 35 pipes). The metal was a lighter gauge, but it was threaded on both ends and some corresponding flanges made for perfect attachment.

Pipes were installed top and bottom to get the spacing right for the outer set of 2×4 uprights.

I again used angle iron at the top/bottom to secure these uprights. Faced with having to drill holes into the roof, I made sure to only drill where the water would never pool up on top (the raised rib)

This shows the ingenious spacers used to secure the angle.

The pipe threaded into the flanges and the flanges screwed to the uprights made this rack basically bomb-proof.

I placed 1” SDR PVC pipe over the steel to keep the wood clean and act as rollers (at least for the first boards)

Rack Complete!

Next time I load it up!



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