|Project by TheBirdMan||posted 11-06-2011 06:11 PM||2115 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
This weekend I made this smaller lumber rack to handle all the shorter pieces of lumber in my shop. After making my large lumber rack, see earlier project, I realized I had too many smaller pieces of lumber stacked on top of the longer lumber lengths. I quickly found myself having to move all the shorter pieces to get to a 6-12’ lengths of lumber.
As you can see from the pictures I made this one using four blocks of 2×4 screwed to the concrete wall. I needed something strong and stable to build from so decided to use the concrete wall as my base. Attached to these blocks I used some rough-cut 1×3’s going vertically from the floor to about an inch from the ceiling. All the side boards are also rough-cut 1×3’s. The shelf boards are 1x rough-cut. Where ever I needed more support for my shelf boards I added a cleat, see picture. I used some scrap 2×4’s for the vertical frame in the front and the bottom of the 2×4’s rest on the concrete floor. Since most concrete floors are rarely level I just but the tops level when I got to the top shelf.
In my shop I always have many smaller pieces of sheet material that I don’t want to throw away and they seem to end up leaning against a wall between the longer sheets. The bottom of this rack is for just that so I can lean all these shorter pieces in this area and I also added a 1×3 board in the front/bottom of this rack to keep them from sliding out.
The bottom storage for smaller pieces of sheet materials is 33” off the floor. Each shelf has about 18” of space between them. I made sure my top rack was slightly taller than I was so that when longer pieces were hanging out that they would never hit me in the head when I waked underneath them.
For those lucky enough to be along the Rocky Mountains we have access to some very good cheap lumber. Due to the Mountain Pine Beetle there are “millions” of lodge pole pine trees dead throughout the Rocky Mountains. In the Denver, CO area there are several saw mills that rough cut this lumber into all different lengths and widths and sell to the public. Most all the boards I use for my building projects I will use this lumber.
-- -- Pat, Colorado; www.birdmanusa.com