LumberJocks

Conduit Lumber Rack

  • Advertise with us
Project by JSB posted 08-25-2014 04:47 PM 4163 views 20 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After some back and forth thinking I decided to use 3/4” EMT conduit for my lumber rack. It worked great and the EMT is less than half the price of iron pipe. But is it strong enough? Absolutely. Here’s a video showing the build and a strength test:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V4MJyrAG9w

Hopefully those who are in the market for a cheap lumber rack can find this useful and save a few bucks to spend on more useful stuff in the shop. Have a good one folks.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com





14 comments so far

View jeff robinson's profile

jeff robinson

115 posts in 3191 days


#1 posted 08-25-2014 05:39 PM

that is a great wood rack been trying to figure out a way to make one on the cheap and looks like a found it

-- jeff robinson, panama city, fl

View Marcus's profile

Marcus

1149 posts in 1483 days


#2 posted 08-25-2014 06:29 PM

Hey Jay, I just used 1/2” conduit for making my lumber rack. Had a ton of it for free, so thought I might as well test it out. with 5 supports over the 8’ length it easily holds all the lumber I would toss on it.

View calisdad's profile

calisdad

286 posts in 974 days


#3 posted 08-25-2014 07:06 PM

This really tackles an age old problem well. I like it. Wish I had more wall space.

View Mork's profile

Mork

267 posts in 2239 days


#4 posted 08-25-2014 09:45 PM

I did something similar but used plywood on edge screwed to the sides of the 2×4s but after using the shelves for a while I decided next I’d do it like you did. The plywood takes up valuable space.

I do have one suggestion. For those of you that have a basement shop of exposed ceiling rafters. Just hang the 2×4s at the top with a carriage bolt into the rafter or floor joist. No need to attach anything to the walls.

Great video!

View AnonymousRequest's profile

AnonymousRequest

861 posts in 1013 days


#5 posted 08-25-2014 10:30 PM

Nice job, looks good.

View NormG's profile

NormG

5506 posts in 2468 days


#6 posted 08-25-2014 10:59 PM

The proof is in the video. I would have thought not so strong, but works very well

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

View triviasteve's profile

triviasteve

177 posts in 1164 days


#7 posted 08-26-2014 02:25 AM

if you’re worried about staining from the metal conduit, use this opportunity to go out and buy new socks. Stretch an old sock over each piece of conduit, and that should provide enough of a buffer, plus protect the wood a little bit.

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

View wunderaa's profile

wunderaa

243 posts in 1666 days


#8 posted 08-26-2014 02:58 AM

Looks awfully familiar!

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/73231

View JSB's profile

JSB

736 posts in 1542 days


#9 posted 08-26-2014 03:01 AM

Wunderaa – Nice! Is that 1/2” pipe galvanized plumbing pipe or electrical conduit?

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com

View oldnovice's profile

oldnovice

5729 posts in 2832 days


#10 posted 08-26-2014 05:23 AM

I am sure that pipe conduit and cost less too …. yes, pun intended.

Nice project and if I had the wall space I would consider doing this!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

View Straightlines's profile

Straightlines

70 posts in 1357 days


#11 posted 08-26-2014 06:09 AM



if you re worried about staining from the metal conduit, use this opportunity to go out and buy new socks. Stretch an old sock over each piece of conduit, and that should provide enough of a buffer, plus protect the wood a little bit.

- triviasteve

The black tape for direct burial of pipes is cheaper and stays in place better, and doesn’t get hung up on splinters.

—Bradley

-- Cut twice, measure once ... DOH!

View b2rtch's profile

b2rtch

4822 posts in 2512 days


#12 posted 08-27-2014 07:19 PM

Years ago I did something similar but I used 1” angle iron.
Many of the 2×4 broke.
I never yet replaced them.
Next time I use conduit.

-- Bert

View Dadoo's profile

Dadoo

1789 posts in 3454 days


#13 posted 08-27-2014 09:37 PM

Awesome! I never would believe that EMT conduit could be strong enough, but you proved otherwise. I made a similar version years ago with a swing out sheet goods rack. My pipe though was salvaged from a burned down house and is 1” iron. Good job!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

View Roger's profile (online now)

Roger

19877 posts in 2268 days


#14 posted 08-30-2014 09:08 PM

Really nice way to do a rack Jay. Very affordable, and easy to construct. The perfect spot for it also tucked into that corner.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com