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a shop lumber rack with too many features (engineers have no shame)

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Project by Sundowner posted 11-14-2016 03:51 PM 2071 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

so a few weeks ago, I had what myself and my wife refer to as a “crapalanche” in the woodshop when my lumber rack gave way. Completely my fault. it was a cheap rack with just commercial steel brackets on tracks and my ‘organizational strategy’ largely consisted of me throwing wood of indiscriminate species and size on it as I walked by munching on Cheetos. Largely, this worked for years until a few weeks ago when a particularly saucy offcut of massaranduba slipped off the bracket and sent the pile crashing down. it doesn’t look that bad in the pic, but it was really loud when that much hardwood hit the ground, and I’m terrified of anything Janka 1200 or more flying at my head.

I realized that the lumber rack never really worked. it just existed; little pieces got lost with the big pieces, and with the 10’ ceilings, I hated going outside to get a ladder every time I needed to get the expensive stuff off the top rack, so I just stopped looking in the top rack. It was also dark back there in the corners. After thinking on it more like any good engineer would, I decided it needed to be fixed, reinforced, and had to have so many features, even an engineer like me would know it was overboard.

so I dove scrooge mcduck style into my junk loft and found some sturdier shelf brackets and 4 iron wheels I never used for a shop cart project. The top shelf got rebuilt for the full width of the wall and also incorporated a recessed track. the track was sized for the steel wheels for the new rolling ladder.

the middle shelf got reinforced and boxed-out so that it could also serve as rack for all the shorty cut-offs that I should probably chuck, but never seem able to do.

the bottom shelf just got reinforced and undermount lighting so that I can see wtf I’m doing in there.

all in all, it’s really great to be able to climb up and get whatever I want whenever I want it. and clearing off the real workbench modules makes life easier, too.

the only bad part is that I can’t get my wife to stop riding the ladder back and forth while giggling and screaming ‘whee!!” (and her I thought I was a the bad influence on our daughter!)





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 11-14-2016 04:01 PM

Sorry about your “crapalanche” … just glad no one was under it! Good idea with the ladder. I’ve been think of a similar set-up. Thanks for sharing!

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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majuvla

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#2 posted 11-14-2016 04:19 PM

Very good solution. Usualy smaller pieces always make bigger mess than big and long boards.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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SteveMI

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#3 posted 11-14-2016 05:53 PM

Wow, what an idea, “rolling ladder.” I bought some commercial shelving 10 years ago, but the top shelf is ignored for the most part due to needing to get the step ladder out. (also clearing stuff stacked in front of the shelving)

I’ve seen these my entire life in libraries and bookstores. Never thought about one in the shop.

Steve.

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Grumpymike

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#4 posted 11-14-2016 07:51 PM

Every time I want that special board, it’s on the bottom of the pile on the third shelf. So I get to rearrange and restack the wood pile quite often. I like your idea of the ladder for that overhead storage.
Why do we always wait till there is an avalanche (crapalanche) before we re do the shelves??

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

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Sundowner

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#5 posted 11-14-2016 08:29 PM



Wow, what an idea, “rolling ladder.” I bought some commercial shelving 10 years ago, but the top shelf is ignored for the most part due to needing to get the step ladder out. (also clearing stuff stacked in front of the shelving)

I ve seen these my entire life in libraries and bookstores. Never thought about one in the shop.

Steve.

- SteveMI

and it was so easy. I think I paid something like $50 for all the wheels from McMaster Carr and the ladder with the track literally is just a $20 sheet of plywood. I kick myself for waiting so long to get around to doing it.

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TheGreatJon

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#6 posted 11-14-2016 08:54 PM

Very cool! Well thought out and executed.

However, as an engineer, I feel that it could use more features. Perhaps climate control.

-- This is not the signature line you are looking for.

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MinnesotaHack

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#7 posted 11-14-2016 08:59 PM

Perhaps another necessary feature to add is a hoist and hooks for raising and lowering slabs.

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Sundowner

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#8 posted 11-14-2016 09:05 PM



Perhaps another necessary feature to add is a hoist and hooks for raising and lowering slabs.

- MinnesotaHack

there actually is a chain fall in the open gallery part of the shop to raise equipment and ‘big wood’ up into the junk loft :embarrassed:

#9 posted 11-15-2016 12:08 AM

Very nice build. Great story!

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NormG

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#10 posted 11-15-2016 01:33 AM

I am sorry that your wife is so distracting, maybe she can be put to good use collecting needed wood from above. As for the daughter, she will grow out of it. Congrats on the well done new storage and work area

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Michael Murphy

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#11 posted 11-15-2016 02:51 PM

Can you come do mine?

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 11-15-2016 04:17 PM

This is a nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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ralbuck

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#13 posted 11-17-2016 01:30 AM

You forgot the remote control and robot to do the actual retrieval!

NICE!

-- just rjR

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corelz125

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#14 posted 11-17-2016 02:40 AM

Is the chain fall on a trolley?

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Sundowner

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#15 posted 11-17-2016 01:21 PM



Is the chain fall on a trolley?

- corelz125

pft!.
Of course it is. ;)

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