Lumber Rack

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Project by Dave posted 07-27-2011 04:39 AM 5086 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a quick, cheap, and sturdy rack to get my lumber off the garage floor but I also had a constraint from my wife of “no holes in the walls.” That meant a lot of the easiest/best designs that just bolt to the wall were off the table.

This rack uses sets of homemade I-beams – built with three 2” x 4” x 8’ wall studs joined with 3” #8 screws. The vertical beams are joined to horizontal members and then cross-braced with 4×4 Douglas Fir beams at each end. It doesn’t sag at all; even when fully loaded.

Because of the L-shaped design and the high lumber storage I can still pull the car right up close to the wall if needed, too (the center supports clear below my front bumper).

The lumber is stored on Pinnacle lumber racks that bolt to the frame with 1/4” x 4” lag screws. There’s about 6” of storage behind the rack (and off the floor) for sheet goods. More than enough for a hobbyist like me. The length of the bottom supports was calculated so that a very severe tip angle was needed before I risk it going all the way over. Storing sheet goods in the back adds ballast and another factor of safety. I’m still planning to add tie-downs or some kind of restraint to keep boards from coming down on their own if they’re bumped but at least my wood’s off the floor and safe from water & insects.

As a side bonus, I was able to hang a few clamps and my screw storage too…

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 04:47 AM

Dave: I’m so sorry about your wife’s “No holes” ultimatum, it is like her saying that you can do woodworking, but just don’t make any sawdust! The rack looks really good though, despite the intact wall behind it.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 12:48 PM

Very nice design. I would most certainly place some tie-downs to keep that thing from falling over though! Imagine if that fell on the hood of your car…..

Great job!


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#3 posted 07-27-2011 01:25 PM

When I see a beautiful stack of lumber, organized so the hand can grasp just the right piece at just the right time, and I get the woodworking warm fuzzies.

Thanks for sharing the design.

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#4 posted 07-27-2011 02:11 PM

Nice job, I never knew there were rules in the garage…. LOL The garage and shop is the only place Blondie gives me full rain. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 07-29-2011 01:27 AM

Nice lumber rack!! Original design?

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#6 posted 07-29-2011 04:46 AM

Great idea, will serve its purpose for a long time to come

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

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#7 posted 01-19-2014 10:05 PM

she said no holes in the wall….what about holes in the floor? =) looks great! very unique

-- I don't always have soft hands....but when I do its because I just left the woodshop.

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