|Project by Kirk_T||posted 03-26-2015 01:06 AM||1785 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
My Lumber rack project, consisting of 4×4s with holes drilled at a 10 deg angle, 3/4 black pipe cut to 18” long for the bottom 5 rows and a little shorter for the top 2 rows. To cover the black pipe, I’m trying out both foam pipe covers and plastic shower rod cover to see which works better. The 4×4’s sit on a 2×4 PT bottom plate that is screwed to the cement floor using tapcon screws. The top of each 4×4 is lag bolted to the ceiling joist.
Since I could not find a drill bit that would match the exact OD for 3/4” pipe, (1.050) I ordered a 26mm Forstner bit which was slightly undersized. As it turned out “slightly undersized” was a bit too much for a sledge hammer, especially after the 4×4s were in place. Without another option or a metal lathe, I took to the bench grinder and using a 36 grit wheel I reduced the OD at the end of each pipe enough that I could tap the pipe into the 4×4 with a 3lb sledge.
So far it’s working quite well and hold a lot of weight!