Overhead Wall Lumber Storage

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Project by cjones posted 01-04-2010 03:57 AM 98852 views 29 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of an overhead lumber storage system.

My goal for this project was to to have it strong (expensive tools + sometimes my head right below), cheap (made from 1×4s and 2×4s from HD), simple (always better), and I wanted it to look cool. Also, I’m renting, so I need it to be removable.

I may have overbuilt it, but that’s OK (see above). I at my 185 lbs can hang on one of these with no problem.

I’m quite happy with the way it came out. I think they have a nice architectural look to them.

  • The “horizontal” 1×4s are actually tilted 10° toward the wall. I made a corresponding 80° cut on the butt end so it’d be flush with the wall. It was extra work, but it really looks nice.
  • The pointed ends of the 1×4s looks cool, but it started as functional. Offsetting the cuts allowed me to get more pieces out of one 1×4.
  • The jig was screwed to my MDF workbench and was very useful, but I still had to adjust each one individually since I didn’t dimension the lumber.
  • Installation was fairly easy with a long level. I just had to make sure both the front and back of each one was level with the other ones.
  • The 2×4s are cut with both ends at 45° to simplify construction.
  • I used two 3” screws in the jig to hold all three pieces together, two more to attach it to the stud, and one “toenailed” into the bottom of the 2×4 piece.

Thanks for looking! Let me know if this inspires your lumber rack.

-- Living well is the best revenge.

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#1 posted 01-04-2010 04:12 AM

Looks good and solid!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#2 posted 01-04-2010 04:13 AM

Great idea, will use this once I finally get my garage built…..

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 04:22 AM

Great use for seldom used space. Lots like it’ll hold plenty.

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#4 posted 01-04-2010 04:34 AM

Very similar to my storage racks good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 01-04-2010 04:44 AM

Looks Great!

I may have to take some of the OSB off of my studs.

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- Have Fun - Dan

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#6 posted 01-04-2010 07:01 AM

solid and functional. Wait…. is that purpleheart on the lower shelf?!

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#7 posted 01-04-2010 07:41 AM

Looks great and sturdy. That’s just what I need for my shop.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#8 posted 01-06-2010 04:36 AM

Great strength in that design. I have three rows of them in my barn and they hold a lot!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 01-06-2010 07:36 AM

Nice and strong.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#10 posted 06-21-2014 11:08 PM

I built a storage rack today using this design. For the horizontal
rack pieces I used plywood scraps salvaged from a local cabinet maker’s
trash bin. They throw out an amazing amount of nice A1 prefinished
combination core plywood in roughly 1’x1’ to 2’x1’ sizes. Found enough
this morning to cut out the supports.

The diagonals were milled from a 2×8 piece of redwood ripped in half.

Thanks for the jig photos. It’s very likely I would have struggled with
assembly without that.

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