Workshop Build #16: The Lumber Rack

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 05-05-2010 04:34 PM 10683 reads 27 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Planks on the Floor,
Planks on the Floor,
Lookin’ Like a Fool
with your
Planks on the Floor…

Sorry, just had to do that…

My small collection of pine was sitting on the floor, waiting for somewhere nice to go:
planks on floor

This wall was the decided place, it allows me to enter the open garage door on the garage side of the workshop with a load of wood and then bring it through the middle door that divides the garage from the workshop:
empty wall

I decided to use 2×4 uprights screwed to the wall, so I pre-drilled the holes for the lag screws:
pre-drilled holes

I coated the uprights with two coats of shellac and then the first one went up with 4” lag screws and washers, on a 2×6 wall stud, from the floor to the ceiling:
first upright

The rest went 32” apart from the first. A few shorter uprights were put at the bottom in between the others, for shorter wood pieces:
uprights on

I was using 1/2” plywood for the brackets, that were attached to the sides of 2×4s. I decided on 12 1/2” long 2×4s and the plywood would be about 14” because it goes right to the wall so that the sides of the brackets are screwed to the uprights. (This will be clearer in photos coming up) So I needed squares of plywood about 14 1/4” that I would cut at an angle that would give me two brackets from each square. This quick “jig” was made on my sliding cutoff sled:
jig sled

The two pieces I get from the square of plywood will then attach to each side of the 2×4:
ply pieces

Pile of 26 – 2×4s cut and waiting:
2 x 4s

Pile of 52 – plywood pieces:
plywood pieces

Here’s one bracket and you can see where the 2×4 fits into the back:

Brackets waiting to go on the wall were all coated with two coats of shellac before being attached to the uprights:
brackets waiting

I didn’t want any of the brackets to be up too high, since I wouldn’t be able to reach wood up there anyway, so I just figured out heights that looked good to me. The first one at the top was put on and then the remaining ones were leveled to be the same height:
levelling brackets

All the brackets were screwed from the sides into the uprights:
finished rack

And then the wood from the floor was placed on the rack:
wood on rack

It really makes quite a difference to get that wood off the floor. be continued…

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 05-05-2010 04:46 PM

Those brackets are sweet! Good idea.

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#2 posted 05-05-2010 05:27 PM

Looks great

Thanks for sharing


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#3 posted 05-05-2010 05:34 PM

Very handy! Doesn’t it feel good when a plan comes together?

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#4 posted 05-05-2010 05:37 PM

very cool construction! much better than planks on the floow ;)

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

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#5 posted 05-05-2010 05:48 PM

Greetings Julie:.... I have already commented on your rack in your Project post, so I won’t say anything here.

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 08:38 PM

Great, more pics.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 09:49 PM

Julie – this is a great idea, wish I had the room in my workshop. I had to suspend my lumber from the cieling. While it’s out of the way… it not convenient to get to.

-- Harold

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 10:15 PM

Great Julie. You really will be surprised at just how much wood you can stack on these.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 05-05-2010 10:31 PM

Very nice job on the storage rack. A useful project indeed.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 05-06-2010 07:56 AM

I always like the looks of storage racks. I don’t think I could ever make one big enough. Like my shop, it would just keep getting smaller…....You put some nice planning in yours.

-- mike...............

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#11 posted 05-06-2010 01:01 PM

Julie, very useful project. I would like to hear how you made the jig, do you draw a line on the first piece and then attach the jig hold-downs? Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#12 posted 05-06-2010 01:03 PM

nice work, looks simple enough to make i need a new one myself.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#13 posted 05-06-2010 05:22 PM

Thanks for the kind comments (and the additional verse from Autumn).

I should have mentioned that, the sides of the brackets are screwed into the 2×4 uprights and can easily be moved. I saw similar racks where the brackets were made in a curved design. Perhaps that would allow for more wood to be placed on the rack because the planks on the brackets below would have more room. I don’t have a bandsaw and didn’t want to have to cut those 52 curvy plywood brackets with a jigsaw, thus the straight cut at an angle that left me with two bracket pieces.

For the jig I basically figured out the size I would need to leave me the correct amount of wood, hard to explain, so I’ll draw it: (I normally buy rough pine that is about 6” wide, so I wanted two to be able to fit side by side)

So, I really did just draw a line on the plywood square, as Pat said, and then put it on my cutoff sled at the right place. I cut two scrap pieces of plywood and screwed them right into the sled to the left and right of the cut line, so that my plywood would sit at the correct angle.

-- ~Julie~

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#14 posted 05-15-2010 10:14 PM

Great job! I’ve bieng looking for just this sort of thing to put up in my workshop thanks

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#15 posted 05-22-2010 01:32 AM

Well, it was such a good job, I’ve started making my own version. I don’t think mine will be as nice, but even if it isn’t, it will still be pretty good. One thing that surprised me is that I was able to snap a 5/16th lag screw. One thing I’m thinking of doing is just using scrap ply and mdf for my brackets. I know it won’t look as nice as using 1/2 ply, but it will allow me to clean up some scrap while building shelves. Thanks again for posting this project. I think it is just what I need!

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