Small Lumber Rack for a Small Workshop

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Project by JohnnyW posted 02-23-2010 09:44 PM 5775 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yet another lumber and sheet goods rack ! This one is tailored to my small shop, but I suppose it could easily be scaled up to make a bigger version.

It’s 3’ high by 8’ long and around 16” deep. It doesn’t really take up much floorspace or wallspace as I’ve put it between my workbench and the wall below a window, yet it’s still long enough to hold decent lengths of lumber and full length off cuts from full sheets.

I built the frame from two 8’ lengths of 2”x2” construction pine. It’s easily strong enough to support everything that I’ve loaded it with. The bulk of the weight is taken by the uprights, but with them standing away from the wall, I used four steel brackets to secure the horizontal rail to the battens behind the OSB.

The lumber is supported on 8”x6” london pattern steel brackets to maximise the useable space. The spacing of the uprights and horizontal bearers is fairly close together at one end to hold short off cuts without having to use supporting shelves.

Overall I’m pleased with the results. I think I’ll need to change it as I adapt to using more lumber and less plywood and MDF, but that should just be a case of buying larger bracket and maybe putting a bin in the sheet godds area for small offcuts.

-- John

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 09:52 PM


-- - 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 02-23-2010 09:57 PM

An interesting, and affordable solution! Adding say a 30 gallon steel trash can for small cutoffs might be a good idea as well. Not to mention the limited space will keep you “honest” with keeping your cutoffs in check instead of overrunning your shop. Adding this to my favorites. Not sure how to integrate it to my shop, but will play with the idea…

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 10:43 PM

good start… be careful not to hang on to too much though…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 01:26 AM

Nice lumber rack.

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#5 posted 02-24-2010 01:38 AM

yea that is a small lumber rack. LOL ;-)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 05:12 AM

Great little rack. Looks like it is in front of a window. Don’t forget sunshine can dramatically change the color of wood so be careful when you load it up. Nice job!

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 05:20 AM

Interesting Idea but I think I would keep hitting the ends of the brackets with my knees

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 05:46 AM

Nice shop facitily!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 12:13 PM

Thanks for all of the comments. This is the best thing about being a beginner here on LJ’s – all of the really useful advice and experience that you guys have.

WWilson – I hadn’t really thought about the light from the window, thanks for the prompt. I’ve decided to cut a plywood or OSB board to cover the top and hold it in place with a couple of small cleats on the wall. It will also be a useful tool shelf to help keep the bench clear.

dbhost – Great idea about the trash can. I normally just discard small scraps, but then I’ve only really used pine so far. When I buy some better wood, I’ll want to keep them for small projects.

-- John

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#10 posted 02-26-2010 03:19 AM

Great idea! Do you have enough space behind it for 4×8 panels (sideways)?

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#11 posted 03-05-2010 04:09 AM

Nice job tayloring the rack to your space needs. Simple and effective!

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