|Project by DustyMark||posted 01-07-2015 05:27 AM||2474 views||6 times favorited||9 comments|
I’m putting the finishing touches on my basement shop. In previous shops I built open racks about 12” deep that I attached directly to the studs and installed above my large cut-off table. However, I had an insulated concrete form home built and I don’t have a lot of confidence in the holding power of the 20-gauge straps that I would need to screw into with that design. I’ve got plenty of space in the unfinished basement, so I designed and built this free-standing storage rack.
Dimensions and Materials
The rack is 12’ long, 32” deep, and 4’ tall. I used twelve 8’ x 1” x 4”, three 12’ x 1” x 4”, and two 8’ x 2” x 4” pine boards for the frames. Menards was out of the better quality boards, so I opted to use the twisted ones rather than wait. Some of those boards were tortured straight with 50 pound barbells and finally being screwed to plywood. (If somebody is near it when a screw lets loose, they’ll probably get knocked out!) I used 1 1/2 sheets of 3/8” ACX plywood for the back and it does a great job of eliminating any racking when screwed to the frames. I used 3 sheets of 5/8” ACX plywood for the shelf surfaces that further reinforce the rack and make it easier to slide the wood in from the end.
I think this will work out well. I have plenty of room to load and unload the wood from the end. I typically top off to 250 bf of rough lumber when I stock up. This rack will hold that easily on the lower two shelves. I can store the current project wood on the very top.
-- Mark, Minnesota