|Project by BobAnderton||posted 12-18-2010 12:49 AM||12435 views||9 times favorited||6 comments|
No one would mistake this for fine woodworking or anything, but I thought that it might be helpful to show how this came together in my case. This lumber rack is made from 2×4 pine that I jointed a face and an edge and planed the other face and edge to get straight and square 5/4×13/4 stock out of. 2×4s cost $2.12 each for the 8 footers, which makes this whole project cost about $15. Props go to twobyfour16 for showing us his lumber rack here http://lumberjocks.com/projects/40346, which got me thinking in this direction. I’m limited in the space the rack can extend out into the space and still get cars in there, so the arms only extend out about a foot, and there is about a foot between the arms vertically, all of which limits the overall weight that may get stacked onto this rack. This is a consideration since I’m only hanging this from a french cleat. The advantage of it being on a french cleat is that I can relocate the rack to somewhere else in the garage if I get a new tool or something and need this space back. Also, it makes it easy to take this with me the next time I move. Even with it loaded up with wood I can still hang on it and bounce and it seems solid enough.
This lumber rack is really 5 independent pieces, each of which hang on a strip of my french cleat system that runs along the walls of my 2 car garage shop. Each unit is a pair of vertical 5/4 boards that sandwich the 3 elements that make up each arm. There is the arm itself, a lower support block that is cut at a 45 degree angle, and an upper support block that is just cut off square. The entire thing is held together with glue and no fasteners. My thinking in the design is that for one of the arms to shift it would have to break the 2 face to face glue bonds on either side of the arm, as well as the 2 face to face glue bonds on either side of either the upper or lower blocks. As a result, I’m really not worried about the strength of the joint of the arms in the vertical supports.
If you look at my workshop photos from before I had lumber on the floor leaning up against the wall all around the garage and it’s really nice to have all that stacked up on the wall and out of the way now. I even have room to slide a couple of cutoff scrap bins under it, which I’ve never had room for before. This was a simple 1 day kind of project that did a lot to organize my space. Thanks for looking at it!
-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw