Easy Lumber Rack

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Blog entry by Sailor posted 02-07-2011 11:24 PM 3520 reads 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since moving into my new small shop I knew that I would need a lumber rack, it was going to be one of the first things I needed to build so I went after it. I think this one will do just fine for my needs and it was simple to build requiring little materials and not alot of complicated steps.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#1 posted 02-08-2011 12:07 AM

very good video

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#2 posted 02-08-2011 12:53 AM

Another nice design Trip. Be careful, it might be stronger than your wall. -Jack

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#3 posted 02-08-2011 05:28 AM

Thanks for the idea.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 02-08-2011 05:44 AM

Nice Lumber Rack. You used construction grade material and drywall screws. This is fine if you don’t put but very little wood on each shelf. Drywall screws do not have any sheer strength. Construction grade pine does not have sheer strength either. It design is for presser. I would use at least a no. 8 /2 1/2” Steel screw in the frame. I won’t tell you why this is unsafe but I know.

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#5 posted 02-08-2011 05:54 AM

Thank you all for the comments.

Big, you might be right. I have heard that screws don’t have the sheer strength and drywall screws may have the least amount. For the rack, on each “shelf” there really isn’t an extreme amount of room for wood so I don’t think overloading it would be a problem, unless you wanted to store rebar or something like that.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#6 posted 02-08-2011 08:42 AM

Nice job and very good Video, great lumber rack.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 02-08-2011 02:24 PM

Nice video. You are easy to understand and that is hard to do on video. Your lighting could be a little better/brighter also.
Looking forward to more videos.

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#8 posted 02-08-2011 02:33 PM

Thank you, thank you! I do need another light or two in there, I will see what I can do about that before the next video. It’s good to know people are actually understanding me. There are a few times when my words get mixed up and hard to understand but that’s tough realize till the “filming” is over and reviewed, which is often to late.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#9 posted 02-08-2011 04:35 PM

That’s a very nice lumber rack and it will save you a lot of room. Welcome to Lumberjocks, BTW.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 02-08-2011 04:50 PM

Easy to build, sturdy, functional. Nice job Sailor!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 02-09-2011 06:36 AM

Nice rack.

I would definitely feel uneasy about standing near it though. I would highly recommend that you use lag bolts (I typically use 3/8 inch bolts) instead of the screws. You can add them after the fact, so you don’t need to undo anything that you’ve done. For that size I would think two bolts per would be good enough.

You might not plan on putting much lumber on them, but you’d be surprised how wood can accumulate over time.

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#12 posted 02-09-2011 06:49 PM

Thanks for taking the time and doing a video for us.
Well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#13 posted 02-14-2011 03:47 AM

Nice rack and video. That is a really simple idea and not expensive.

-- Addition by subtraction

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