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02-09-2015 05:34 AM

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I have been storing my lumber leaning against the wall. I wasn’t too worried about this at first because I am building very simple things out of cheap wood while I am becoming familiar with my tools and learning a few basics. But now I am thinking that I should store the wood flat – like my Mom and I used to do when I was on her farm. So I am considering some limited storage solutions (my shop doubles as the freezer room and tack shed for our ranch so I am really pretty tight on space). If I build attach some dowels or flat pieces of wood protruding from the wall will it work to stack wood on them or should each piece be on its own shelf? Or – is okay to stand lumber up against the wall. My walls are perfect for making a standing board system. I have attached a picture in shop which shows the exposed studs that I need to work with or around. I also attached a storage idea from the web showing a suggestion for flat storage that I can make work by hanging some type of hangers from the studs.

Any advice? Thanks, CTW

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 06:01 AM

It’s fine to stand it up vertically. That’s how my lumber dealer, rockler, and woodcraft do it. However, I would put a piece of plywood down on the ground under them so they don’t wick up moisture from the concrete.

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 06:06 AM


I was thinking about doing that. First putting a wood base and then some dividers to add support. Right now I have to be careful that my wood doesn’t slide to the side (and maybe land on me).


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#3 posted 02-09-2015 10:45 AM

As jmartel said build you a platform I used some old 2X4’s and an old piece of 3/4 plywood for a riser type base you don’t want the wood to be touching the bare concrete as it will suck up moisture I then got me some 1/2”black iron pipe flanges and made a bunch of 18” long pipe stubs threaded on one end stuck them on the wall as standoffs and loaded the rack up lets me flip through my lumber to select what I want without unloading the while pile do not do this with green wood though this method works only with good kiln dried wood or other wood you know is properly dried. I went from flat stacking with stickers to this and gained enough floor space I had enough room to buy a Laguna 14-12 band saw. take care and good luck.

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#4 posted 02-09-2015 02:12 PM

I like the second picture. Storage on wheels is nice in small workshop. You can move lumber out of way for more space during a project. I use similar, A frame design. This allows sheet goods to be stored in center of cart. Take the time and make or buy a good storage. Storing lumber and NOT being able to get to it or find it is waste of time.
This is a sketch of what I use.
Take care !

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#5 posted 02-09-2015 02:32 PM

I have stored wood on end in the rafters, horizontally using shelving, stacked on the wood floor, and standing on end. Standing on end for any length of time is my least favorite storage solution as it seems that wood will eventually bow. The local wood wholesaler stores it flat on pallets.

The local Woodcraft store stores it vertically, but has a sloped back to support the back piece.

I would suggest brackets on the wall no more than 2 feet apart. You can stack several pieces on top of each other, just make sure that the weight does not exceed the limits of the brackets.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#6 posted 02-11-2015 01:55 AM

I missed all these replies yesterday and I want to thank everybody for their help. I’m thinking that I may store vertically for a while and take the time to build better storage as I move forward. CTW

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