|Project by ShopTinker||posted 01-06-2011 05:37 AM||4061 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
A few weeks ago I completed this wood rack as I need somewhere to put about 400 bd ft. of red oak that I had setting in my son’s trailer. I didn’t think to take any pictures of it until afterwards. I had looked at several of the great wood racks that some of you LJs had posted. I didn’t have room to build one like those. I only have 16” between the edge of the door and the wall going into this storage room.
I shopped around and decided that the best option for me was the heavy duty shelf brackets from Menards. This system was the heaviest rated and most reasonably priced that I could find. The top rails are lag bolted about every 6” to the top plate of the wall and the 75” wall standards hang from the rails. I installed five of the wall standards at 32” spacing. I used five – 5/16”x 4 ½” lag bolts in each wall standard to fasten it to the 2”x 6” constructed support wall. These 14’ shelf brackets are rated at 250 lbs. at the outer edge. I used 24” shelf brackets for the top row as I planned to store a bunch of left over cedar on it.
The only negative I foresaw was that the brackets were stamped out so that they are open on the top side. I figured that would be a problem as the sharp edges would bite into the lumber. I solved this by ripping a bunch of 24” and 16” 2”x4” pieces in half and cutting a dado in the edge of each piece to fit snuggly over the shelf brackets. These pieces aren’t fastened to the brackets as they have to be taken off to move the brackets. This should hold more wood than I will need to store. There are 5 rows of brackets and the bottom stack of oak is sitting on 2”x2” blocks on the floor.
Let me tell you, I was working moving all of this wood from the trailer, into the garage down the stairs, into the storage room. I think that must qualify it as a wood working project. :)
-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."