Lumber Storage Racks #1: First phase of my storage racks

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Blog entry by jusfine posted 08-29-2010 10:47 PM 10487 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, this really isn’t a “project”, but my wife kept asking when I was finishing the storage project and moving on to building something, so…

My shop is built in half of the loft of our old barn, and since we don’t feed our horses the small square bales of hay anymore, I am now able to use the other side of the loft for storage.

I built simple uprights of 2×4’s screwed together, spaced them out on 32” OC, tied the base of the short one together with strips of 3/4” ply at the bottom, then sheathed each level with 1/2”

The short one didn’t need too much for bracing as the uprights are only about 50” high, and it only has two levels, the taller one (8’) I fastened a 2×4 at the bottom for the base, then a diagonal strip of ply on each side which really helped steady it.

Dusting off the hardwood that was stored in a small garage and bringing it up on the elevator and loading them into the racks was lots of fun…

There is just over 280 board feet of purpleheart (5/4 and mostly 6 1/2” wide, some is 8 1/2”), some myrtle, cherry, and hickory on the small rack.

I bought the purpleheart in Portland while showing and delivering some colts I had raised, and who would come back with an empty trailer? They made me a deal on the “shorts”, about 7’ long, so I couldn’t refuse.

The second rack has walnut, paduak, maple, ash, oak, teak, beech, mansonia, rosewood, lacewood and some others I can’t remember.

One bracket left over (on the floor of the elevator), so I will be modifying it and putting together another small rack for the exotic short pieces still in the shop.

But before I can do that, I need to make a plywood rack for all the scraps…

Hope one day I can get into the shop to enjoy my tools again, but when I do, it will be cleaner and more organized… :) Thanks for looking!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 08-30-2010 02:54 AM

Nice lumber storage rack.

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#2 posted 08-30-2010 04:38 AM

That’s going to work fine for board storage. Keeps it flat and still handy to pull out what’s needed.
Looks good!

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#3 posted 08-30-2010 02:28 PM

Very good racks.
Even nicer supply of material !
I sometimes wished I would have stayed in Alberta, humidity here ruins a LOT !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 09-23-2010 09:13 PM

Now, that’s a great collection of material. Get back to the shop and post up some pics!

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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#5 posted 04-15-2013 11:24 PM

Nice colletion of material! Great stuff!

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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