Lumber Storage

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Blog entry by kosta posted 02-11-2010 02:05 AM 1829 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yo whats up everybody I wanted to talk about lumber storage. Most woodworkers have a lumber rack you almost never see a shop without a lumber rack either in the main part of the shop or outside. I have never used a lumber rack just because I have never had enough wall space. The problem with lumber racks is that to get to 1 board you really have to move a lot of other boards. Some lumber racks are 7 ft off the ground. If your up on a ladder moving 15 lb boards around that kinda sucks. Its not the weight that matters 15 lb is light its just that they aren’t in the size of a 5 gallon bucket and can be hard to swing around if your on a ladder. Now some people dont have a lumber rack thats 7 ft off the ground and they dont need a ladder. The problem with lower lumber racks is that they take up a lot of space. The point of a lumber rack up high is so that you can take advantage of that wall space. The other problem with lumber racks is the amount of wood that you can put on the as far as weight goes. You dont want to overload your lumber rack and structurally damage your wall especially the higher up you go. Obiously if your in a basement vertical storage probably inst an option but if your in a garage or separate building it probably is.

Now I store all my lumber vertically. When you store your lumber vertically you basically can move the wood around better and get to wood faster. Now some people will put dowels in there wall to basically create a vertical row to organize wood in. You can organize your wood in 3 ways by species, by project, or by size. I use 3 systems for wood storage. Scrap bins are plastic boxes that I can throw small cut offs in. Stuff like that usually gets thrown in the fire pit. Cut off storage which I sort wood by length. If you watch episode 52 shop tour part 1 you will see my cut off storage system. Then I have storage for wood thats taller then 40 inches in the corner next to my garage door. When I buy wood thats where it goes.

Now you also have sheet good storage which is plywood, mdf, and osb. You can really store these 1 of 2 ways either you put it in a corner or you build some type of rack. Some people use vertical racks if they live in dry places and inside those racks they have clamps that keep their sheet goods straight and flat. Then you have a rolling cart which is mounted to the wall and basically swings out on a caster and you can store sheet goods in there.

Then theres veneer storage which you can organize by species of wood and usually you can just put that on a top shelf. You really cant just sort your material by species just because you will never be able to find anything that you are looking for.

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#1 posted 02-11-2010 02:47 AM

Good summary. Thanks.

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#2 posted 02-11-2010 02:49 AM

Lumber storage always a tough thing to do.

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#3 posted 02-11-2010 03:11 PM

great post.thta was very helpful,thank you.

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