|Project by Dave||posted 07-27-2011 04:39 AM||3636 views||6 times favorited||7 comments|
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