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Shop Organization #1: Vertical Lumber Rack

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 86 days ago 1051 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found the need for a lumber rack, and knew I wanted to orient the lumber vertically. From my many lumber shopping adventures, I find it easier to sort through and retrieve lumber from vertical racks.

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The far left compartment is for sheet goods. The rest of the rack will store hardwood.

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The rack is made from 2x lumber which ties into the top plate of an exterior wall, and to a beam.

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The brackets are made of scrap white oak.

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They are assembled with dados, glue and screws.

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The brackets are secured to the wall with 3 Spax screws each. In reality, the brackets don’t need to carry much load but they feel quite sturdy.

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For the base, I used a 2×6 along the wall, which will set the lean angle of the lumber. I also installed angled joists that will support a plywood floor. The only plywood I had on hand was a couple sheets of quartersawn white oak, which I didn’t want to sacrifice for a lumber rack. Next time I pick up some shop ply, I will add a 3/4” floor on top of the joists.

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The sheet good rack is anchored to the floor with ram set nails.

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Now I can start filling up the rack.

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I already had a bin for short offcuts, which works fine.

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And with all this new floor space, I decided to make a name sign with my son.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



13 comments so far

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stefang

12935 posts in 1966 days


#1 posted 86 days ago

Looks really good Willie and it also has the hallmark of your skillfully produced furniture. I wish I had room for something like this myself. As it is, I have a long platter cart and really no place to store my timber, except in shop loft.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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pintodeluxe

3334 posts in 1445 days


#2 posted 86 days ago

Yes, you definitely need some dedicated space for a lumber rack this size.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Jerry

530 posts in 280 days


#3 posted 86 days ago

Hey Willie, another fine project on your part. I have a question, though. Does vertical make warping any more likely? I know that woodcrafters orients almost all of their lumber vertically, but when I get stuff home, I always lay it flat on an edge to prevent warping. I don’t know if I am right or wrong in assuming this will help. I DO know that when I lay a board flat on its side ( as opposed to on edge ), it’s guaranteed to cup overnight.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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pintodeluxe

3334 posts in 1445 days


#4 posted 86 days ago

The rack holds the lumber nearly vertical, so warping is not an issue. Crosscut lumber sells their lumber out of vertical racks, and it is pretty easy to access.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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BigRedKnothead

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#5 posted 86 days ago

Man, I got grief for making my lumber rack out of oak…..yours is even quartersawn. Your sure to make people scoff….lol.

Nicely done.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 86 days ago

Nice! That should be a lot easier to pick through that flat storage. I’m with Red: QSWO for lumber rack?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Roger

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#7 posted 85 days ago

Looks and sounds like a gr8 wood storage solution. Like others have said, it’ll be easy to pick through to find what you need.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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pintodeluxe

3334 posts in 1445 days


#8 posted 85 days ago

I mostly use QSWO for furniture projects, so I always have a pile of seconds on hand. For me, it is actually cheaper to use this rustic oak than to go buy fir. I think I paid $.39 per BF.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Buckethead

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#9 posted 85 days ago

I’m a bit jelly (read: jealous) of that QS oak bracket action. Under two pence bf? Now I’m super jelly.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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buck_cpa

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#10 posted 69 days ago

nice work – how’d you cut those dados? Looks like a complicated cut…

also, did you use a template for the sign, or freehand?

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pintodeluxe

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#11 posted 69 days ago

Hey Buck,
The joints were cut with a dado blade at the table saw. I angled the dado blade, and increased the depth of cut until the board seated fully in the bracket.

The sign is made with router templates. I couldn’t find a font I liked, so I made my own templates from 1/4” mdf core plywood.

Thanks

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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English

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#12 posted 69 days ago

Wow! That’s a big rack. Wish I had room for that.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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goggy

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#13 posted 57 days ago

Well thought out. I like the details.

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