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Shop Organization #1: Vertical Lumber Rack

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 06-02-2014 04:25 PM 1466 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

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#1 posted 06-02-2014 05:05 PM

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

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#2 posted 06-02-2014 05:58 PM

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

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#3 posted 06-02-2014 06:47 PM

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

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#4 posted 06-02-2014 07:35 PM

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 06-02-2014 07:59 PM

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 06-03-2014 01:03 AM

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 06-03-2014 12:07 PM

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

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#8 posted 06-03-2014 04:51 PM

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 06-03-2014 04:57 PM

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 06-19-2014 04:07 PM

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 06-19-2014 04:29 PM

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 06-19-2014 09:09 PM

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 07-01-2014 03:24 AM

Well thought out. I like the details.

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