Oak Lumber Rack

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Project by jackd942 posted 12-04-2009 06:33 AM 3473 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After remodeling my shop last year, I was in need of some lumber storage in a bad way. After looking around a little, I ran across a Fine Woodworking article in which Chris Gochnour had built a lumber rack and miter bench in one. I liked the design, so I sat down with Sketchup and came up with my version of it. Strength was my main concern so I cut rather large through mortises in the legs as well as matching tenons in the arms. these were glued together and drawbored pegs were added for strength. Lag bolts were screwed through the legs and into studs in the wall. The unit is actually not complete, as I mainly needed the storage. When I get a little time, the third row ( or the square “arms” ) have dadoes in them to accept plywood cross pieces which will eventually support an mdf top. If you notice the notch cut in the center arm, it will hold a removable tray which my miter saw will be mounted to. This has turned out to be a very nice project and definitely helped a ton with my lumber storage problem. You can see more of it if you would like @

-- --Jack D - Southeast Missouri --

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 09:01 AM

Do you have the title of the article? (So I can look it up on the FWW website.) Thanks!

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 02:20 PM

Nice, when I was looking at the mortise and tenon pics my first thought was these need to be drawbored. Also like the bottom shelf setup for the miter saw.

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#3 posted 12-04-2009 04:18 PM


The FWW article is by Chris Gochnour and is titled “Stack and Saw Lumber on the Same Rack”. Here is a link.

-- --Jack D - Southeast Missouri --

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#4 posted 12-04-2009 05:52 PM

Very nice wood rack. Great job on the mortise and tenon joinery. Looks good and stout. It should serve you well. What kind of wood did you use? Don’t look like 2×4’s. More like Douglas fir. I can’t make it out.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#5 posted 12-04-2009 06:00 PM


It’s actually Red Oak. I wanted to make it out of hardwood and I had quite a bit of rough #1 common oak lying around, so off to the planer/jointer it was. The finish is Watco Danish Oil (golden oak I believe).

-- --Jack D - Southeast Missouri --

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#6 posted 12-04-2009 06:17 PM

A very nice design for storage of lumber, every woodworker is looking for. The joinery is well taken care of. Saves lot of floor space. Thanks for posting.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 12-04-2009 06:55 PM

Ok Jack, now I can see it’s oak. I didn’t look close enough, but was looking more at the unfinished pieces.
For some reason, it looked whiter than oak. I think I need new glasses!!!!!!! lol lol. It happens at my age!! I really like Watco Danish Oil. I use it on a lot of my projects. Keep on keeping on!!!!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#8 posted 12-04-2009 09:41 PM

Hey Jack that’s some Rack(I couldn’t resist) but it is a cool rack and looks like it should hold up a long time.

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#9 posted 12-04-2009 11:36 PM

looks great!

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#10 posted 12-30-2009 12:48 AM

Looks good!

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#11 posted 01-23-2014 06:16 PM

Nice work, Jack!

-- Billy

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