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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 08-17-2009 05:54 PM 3871 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, so that’s how I like my steaks, but as for lumber – I really like it dry, and just right!

When I took on the Bowling Lane Workbench project, I knew I’d have to reorganize the work space a tad bit (ok, more than just that). Especially since I also got the planer which takes considerable space, I knew things would have to be moved around to give me room to walk/stand, and work comfortably and safely.

the new workbench now resides where my medium/longer (anything that wouldn’t fit in the short lumber storage) lumber used to stand on edge. so a new place for those had to be setup.

I used rubbermaid modular storage rails and bars. we had used those in the past for our desk stations, and since we moved back to Boston it was just sitting unused in the basement, so I figured I’d put this to use.

I installed the bars on the beams uaing 3 1/2” drywall screws (for added holding power into the studs), and use 24” supports to hold the lumber. it holds quite well so far, and I’m going to limit how much I put on it as I’m not sure if this might be an overload on it or now (it looks ok though, and it used to hold quite a bit of weight before). I also placed the brackets so that the planer can fit underneath, and maybe in the future, I’ll also fit the (to be built) router table under there:

medium lumber stoarge shelvings

This really cleared some major real estate space in the garage, and I’m able to move freely and work on each station safely and without scraping my shins now – which is really nice :).

Thanks for reading,
Peace.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.



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Karson

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#1 posted 08-17-2009 06:06 PM

Some nice storage.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 08-17-2009 06:46 PM

That looks like you will get some good space savings and excellent air circulation to boot. I realize that if you stack it too tight, it will negate the airflow that you have, but do you have any idea what this system could realistically hold?

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 08-17-2009 07:11 PM

thats a good point HokieMojo. as I was tidying up, I didn’t stop to think about that. I’ll space them out a little bit. as far as capacity -rubbermaid claims those shelves are supposed to support ~350lbs between 3 of those brackets… which is impressive. I doubt I’ll get anywhere near that weight with what I’ve got which is a good thing.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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SwedishIron

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#4 posted 08-17-2009 07:30 PM

PurpLev,
I’ve been using the same lumber storage system you just installed for two years now. They can hold a lot of lumber, I feel that I’ve pushed mine a bit more then I should have but it seems to be holding strong. I installed a track/brackets 16” apart/per stud. In the picture there is well over 300+ bd/ft of hard maple and other species.

To strengthen mine I used 3 1/2” drywall screws, and I added two more to each vertical bracket so there are 4 screws into each stud. As you can see in the photo, the system is very cheap to use and I’ve pretty much filled up every single square foot of wall space to store wood.

I live in colorado which is basically a kiln when it comes to drying lumber.. I don’t worry about air circulation at all, the tighter I can stack it.. the more wood I can horde. :)

lumber storage

-- Scott, Colorado

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 08-17-2009 07:34 PM

cool, Scott – I used 3 1/2” drywall screws into the studs as well. the last thing I wanted is to have the entire thing come off because of weak screw coming off.

glad to see it’s holding off so well. comparing numbers, this is by far more capable than the triton rack, and more versatile (longer brackets). so I’m pleased with this.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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ellen35

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#6 posted 08-17-2009 07:52 PM

Is that the floor I see?????

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 08-17-2009 08:00 PM

Ellen – shocking , I know …. lol. only problem with this is, what now if chips/cutoff pieces fall on the floor – I can see them as they don’t blend with the rest of the wood/chips/cutoffs/younameit. one problem at a time though :D

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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jockmike2

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#8 posted 08-17-2009 08:24 PM

Where on earth did you find such long lumber racks, way cool. I’d give my first born for one of those or two. Of course my firstborn is 36 now so who would want him, right? Man that is a great set up, nice and roomy.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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SwedishIron

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#9 posted 08-17-2009 08:27 PM

The back wall of my garage allows me room to store 16’ boards on either of the lumber rack shelves.

-- Scott, Colorado

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 08-17-2009 08:33 PM

Mike, I picked those 24” brackets at HomeDepot (or maybe it was Lowes… one of the 2) it’s a rubbermaid brand storage system, you can mix and match different sizes bars and brackets as you please.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Kent Shepherd

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#11 posted 08-17-2009 09:59 PM

Nice storage. I need to work on mine. I’m tired of picking stuff off the floor.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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jockmike2

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#12 posted 08-20-2009 04:38 PM

Thanks for the info. I’m gone.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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patron

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#13 posted 08-20-2009 05:43 PM

flat is good ,
but some store their wood vertical ,
i saw nakashimas shop in pics once ,
he recomended on edge ,
not flat to wall ,it makes it bow .
same fingers off of wall ,
just place wood on edge ,
it resists bowing ( like an i-beam ) ,
and allowes air circulation .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Beginningwoodworker

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#14 posted 08-20-2009 09:33 PM

Nice storage!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 08-21-2009 04:22 AM

Good Job Sharon you can never have to much wood storage.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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