|Project by Mork||posted 11-06-2016 02:53 PM||1898 views||4 times favorited||18 comments|
Years ago I made lumber storage shelves in my basement shop by hanging 2×4s from the floor joists (each with one 3/8” carriage bolt) and attaching 3/4” plywood gussets to the side (see last picture). This is a super easy way to create storage in a basement shop or any shop with open ceiling joists. That’s the “pros” but the Con is that the plywood gussets take up valuable storage space (about 3-inches per shelf in fact).
Now, back up a year – I had a saw mill cut a 28” red oak and air dried it in the back yard for about 8 month. I had it cut so that I got a lot of great 1/4 and riff sawn lumber but, thats another story… As with most shops, space is always hard to come by and this sudden abundance of premium lumber created a challenge!
The Cheap solution?
1/2” black water pipe and the 10×12 shed in the back yard! I set up a guide in the drill press and set the table at a slight angle and proceeded to drill 7/8” holes about 3-inches deep. There is only about 5/16” of wood left on each side of the pipe but this is still totally adequate. Then I used 5/16’ carriage bolts and bolted the pre-drilled 2×4’s to the side of the 2×4s in my shed. I then cut several 10-foot pipe section into slightly less than 15” pieces which gave me 8 shelves supports at 12-inches deep. This created a very strong shelf but having a support every 16-inches also made everything incredibly strong.
Now I need to modify the shelve in my basement shop… It’ll get done someday.
NOTE: Pipe is cheap but, if you go to the big box stores you will pay a premium, in fact over double the price!