Vertical lumber storage from pallets

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Project by AZWoody posted 03-27-2015 04:34 AM 3858 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year, I had the opportunity to recover some mesquite and eucalyptus trees that were being taken down in the area. I had priced what it would cost to take them 2 hours away to have them milled and after running the numbers, I found that it was cheaper in the long run to get my own sawmill.

Well, a year later, the wood has dried down pretty well in my all natural Arizona kiln (air died) and I needed storage space for it.

I had a few large stacks of pallets so set about to take advantage of using those, along with some 2×4s to frame them together to make vertical racks that can hold the lumber as it comes off the stickers.

I used 1/2” galvanized pipe to separate the various species and sizes and stretched bungee cords between them as a safety measure.

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#1 posted 03-27-2015 04:52 AM

Efficient use of resources good job

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#2 posted 03-27-2015 09:56 AM

Nice recycling job. The vertical storage certainly makes it easier to see what you have without unloading the whole stack! Thanks for sharing, AZ.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 03-27-2015 10:45 AM

Great reuse of timber,

Well done,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#4 posted 03-27-2015 12:34 PM

Very nice.
Very envious.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 03-27-2015 12:37 PM

I’d love to get some mesquite, it looks beautiful, but I’m sure whatever it would have cost you to ship it to a sawyer is peanuts to what it would cost to ship it to me.

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 03:55 PM

Very nice and clever project. Whodathought? However in my neck of the woods, pallets are hard to come by. If you don’t pick up a pallet when you see it, by the time you return to get it, it’s gone. People use them as fire wood in the winter months around here. But, I love the idea. If I get enough, I’ll give it a tryout.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 04:44 PM

I would love to hear about your saw mill!!!!!!!

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#8 posted 03-27-2015 05:40 PM

Luckily, in my non-woodworking life I’m a farmer and pallets build up fast over a year.

As for the sawmill, I was thinking I’ll do a blog on it.
I bought the model from harbor freight, thinking I was only going to do the trees that were coming down at the time but over the year, I’ve done some upgrades to it to give me a bit more cutting capacity, more horsepower and a few other things.

I keep getting calls from people if I want some trees that are coming down so it’s taken more of my time than I had been thinking it would and has kept me away from my main reason for doing it…making things with the lumber :)

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#9 posted 03-27-2015 05:45 PM

Give me your slabs. ...Give them to me!

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#10 posted 03-27-2015 07:22 PM

Hmmm, looks like I should take a trip to Roll Az. ... Now, where did I put that state map?
Must really be a tiny town, not shown on my state map …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#11 posted 03-27-2015 11:06 PM

Anyone interested in some wood, let me know. I have more than I can use right now and I’m always getting more logs in.
I’ll be picking up a 30” flatbed gooseneck load of Salt Cedar next week.
It’s got a leopardwood grain in the small ones I milled last year.

More racks will be built soon as I’m definitely going to run out of space in what I have built now.

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#12 posted 03-27-2015 11:31 PM

I’m about an hour east of Yuma on I8.

Hmmm, looks like I should take a trip to Roll Az. ... Now, where did I put that state map?
Must really be a tiny town, not shown on my state map …

- Grumpymike

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#13 posted 03-28-2015 12:40 AM

I don’t have that dry lumber issue where I live. Just send some of those slabs to me if they need to dampen a little.

Jacob, New Orleans

-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans

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#14 posted 03-28-2015 05:05 PM

great practical project for sure
I felt guilty for being so envious of the slabs until I saw everyone drooling ha ha

-- Greg Simon

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