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Forum topic by Woompa posted 03-30-2020 11:13 PM 369 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2020 11:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shelving wall mount wall-mount cantilever garage storage

Hi All,

I bought a set of large ceiling mounted storage shelves for my garage (saferacks) and later discovered that I have engineered floor trusses in the ceiling, so I cannot use the anything that hangs from the ceiling. I started looking at wall mounted shelves with the highest load eating I could find. I came across Rhino shelves, which are a really nice, but it comes to about $400 just for brackets to hold 16’ long x 3’ deep shelves. The shelf itself is just 2×4s laid across. I realized that was crazy since I can build the brackets myself easily out of 2×4s.

The Rhino brackets have the diagonal brace above the shelf (reverse cantilever style, maybe?). My question is this…Would having the diagonal braces on top of the shelf be stronger than having it below like a normal shelf brace? I’m trying to get the highest safe weight rating I can get while maintaining the integrity of the wall studs.

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#1 posted 03-31-2020 02:05 AM

IMHO – There is nothing complicated about shelving. The cost challenge with commercial units is labor required to make them purdy. For < $50 in angle iron, and another $50 in lumber anyone can make Rhino style rack.

I spent < $20 for 20’ stick of 1×1 13AWG steel tube to make a set of lumber racks. Having a welder made it simple as I didn’t need a pile of expensive hardware to join the metal peices. Which is another draw back of commercial systems, as they have to break down small enough for shipping. Weight is not an issue. On my lumber racks, each vertical bracket has (3) 1/4 lag bolts into studs, with four racks are supporting 400+bdft of lumber, over 3000lbs total?

If you want adjustable shelves, be ready to spend more money. I used the John Sterling System from Woodcraft in my garage one time and loved it. With vertical rails screwed to walls, the system can hold thousands of pounds. With a sheet of plywood on top brackets, they hold totes like any other shelf.

Don’t over think garage shelving, you will drive your self crazy.


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#2 posted 03-31-2020 06:25 AM

If you are making cantilevered brackets out of wood, then they will be stronger if the bracing is under the cantilever, not over it.

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