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Wall-Mount Lumber Rack (Mullet-Style)

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Project by GadgetsAndGrain posted 10-17-2017 02:23 PM 1912 views 15 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch


How to Build a Wall-Mount Lumber Rack (on YouTube)

My workshop will always need to be a garage first and woodworking shop second. To help with my lumber storage, I decided to build my own lumber rack. I scoured Pinterest for ideas, but I couldn’t quite find a design that mounted to a wall while still being able to storage large sheets of plywood and long boards simultaneously.

I decided to make my own design where sheets of plywood would be stored in a large framed shelf, while sporting the traditional arm shelves for storing long boards. I also added some small cubbies for storing small cut-offs and specialty pieces of lumber. In a phrase, this lumber rack is all about boards in the front and big sheet goods in the back – head the name “Mullet-style” lumber rack.

The construction of the rack starts with attaching 2×4s to the wall studs with 4 1/2” lag screws. From there, I attached the frame of the rack, which was primarily supported by 2×8s board. The boards attached to the supports with the Kreg HD pocket screw for extra strength. I then attached the remaining parts of the frame (2×4 boards) with more HD pocket screws.

-- Jeremy, California, http://www.gadgetsandgrain.com





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Desert_Woodworker

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#1 posted 10-17-2017 03:32 PM

WOW! Nice project, but even better is your “blog link”. The project’s that you show are excellent! I especially like that use you use tools that are common in a lot of wood shops. Looking forward, to seeing more.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#2 posted 10-17-2017 03:46 PM

Looks good, but have you done any weight testing with the pocket screws?

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GadgetsAndGrain

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#3 posted 10-17-2017 04:31 PM



Looks good, but have you done any weight testing with the pocket screws?

- ScottM

Great question. I didn’t do any preliminary testing myself, but in researching before the build, I decided to go with the Kreg HD screws. Kreg states that each joint exceeds the 200 lb. load test for two screws. The bottom supports in this lumber rack are 2×8s, each with 3 screws attaching them to the vertical supports – so I feel pretty good about the strength. Here’s a link to Kreg's documentation on this.

Another good sign what that each bottom arms (the 2×8s) the rack could support my 175 lbs. body.

And then I pushed the rack to the limit after a lumber run to Home Depot (pictured below). Didn’t hear any crackling of wood :)

-- Jeremy, California, http://www.gadgetsandgrain.com

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#4 posted 10-17-2017 04:33 PM



Looks good, but have you done any weight testing with the pocket screws?

- ScottM

Having had a shelving system come down with a load of lumber on it (see my projects), I would be concerned about this also.
I would, at the very least, put some gussets on each side of each arm. I’d probably put a gusset/ bracket underneath each arm as well. And perhaps at least one or two more pocket screws…

I really like the idea of being able to store sheet goods behind the rack.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 10-17-2017 05:40 PM

This is a fine lumber rack.

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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#6 posted 10-17-2017 05:59 PM

Oh, man, I’ve been looking for a good sheet-goods and cut-off solution, and I think this is it!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#7 posted 10-17-2017 06:51 PM

Are those steel toed sandals I see as well?

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Kilo19

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#8 posted 10-17-2017 08:05 PM

Love the design…Several rows for “lumbered” items. With my “small” goings on I don’t do much with sheet goods, but I like how a 3×8?(maybe 4×8) sheet of plywood could slide in there. Maybe not for a commercial cabinet shop, but if you have like one or two sheets? (like myself) this would work out perfectly.

Nice work, have to watch the vid 2nite.

-- Justin

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 10-18-2017 03:36 PM

Good idea, seems to be well attached to the wall and such. One thing I would suggest. A small notecard attached to one of your arms with a date saying when the unit was last checked for wear, i.e. cracks and such. Crazy I know but several here have had accidents with these coming off the walls unexpectedly. Inspecting it would be good practice, as you say the car shares the shop. Coming out to go to work one day and finding all that lumber on the car is not going to make your day. If it is the spouses car, well you know how that works…..

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 10-18-2017 09:12 PM

Neat design concept, but I also have concerns about using Kreig pocket screws in heavy load applications. I tried them in early summer 2017, when I was framing up a mock jail for the city. I also decided to stand on a 2×4 horizontal cedar piece while finishing the framing…........and the joints failed…....and I ended up on my rear end!!

I used 2.5 inch long deck screws for most of the framing work I do, and I’m sticking with them versus Kreig pocket screws. The Kreig pocket screws have their place in furniture building…........but I don’t like them for structural framing applications.

If it was me, I would beef up your design as others have suggested.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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#11 posted 10-19-2017 02:23 AM

Your lumber rack is BOSS! Great job! Did you fasten the frame into the drywall at all? If so what did you use and what are your thoughts on toggle bolts?

-- The Do Good Girl, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF8zRQDeLFJ1SY2raurhn1w/featured

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#12 posted 10-19-2017 02:39 AM

Gadgets- you lucky dog :) The “DoGood Girl” never posted on my projects :(

-- Desert_Woodworker

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TheDoGoodGirl

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#13 posted 10-19-2017 02:37 PM

Well, ‘Desert Woodworker’ your tack room table isn’t to shabby either…or maybe it is a little shabby/chic! Well done

-- The Do Good Girl, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF8zRQDeLFJ1SY2raurhn1w/featured

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#14 posted 10-19-2017 02:49 PM

:)

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#15 posted 10-19-2017 10:48 PM



Your lumber rack is BOSS! Great job! Did you fasten the frame into the drywall at all? If so what did you use and what are your thoughts on toggle bolts?

- TheDoGoodGirl

Thanks! Yes – the whole rack is attached to the wall (and into the studs) using 4 1/2” lag screws with a washer.

I don’t have my experience with toggle bolts, but it seems the are best suited for attaching something only to drywall and no stud. Please someone correct me if I’m wrong here.

I dig your YouTube channel btw. Subscribed!

-- Jeremy, California, http://www.gadgetsandgrain.com

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