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Project by shopmania posted 11-10-2011 06:52 PM 5251 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently came into two bundles of wood. Some black walnut that’s been drying in an attic for 20 years, and some pecan that was a tree until a month ago. I wanted to get this lumber stored inside out of the weather where it can dry out or stay dry, but get it out of the way so I’m not climbing or tripping over it. Since I have 12 foot ceilings in the garage, I thought I would try to utilize the dead space over the double garage door.

So I countersunk some 3/8 rod into some 2” x 4”s that would span 2 ceiling joists. The I used 6” lag bolts thru the 2” x 4”s into the ceiling joists above, 4’ away from the wall. I put a 2” x 4” scab into the wall above the garage door, and then used unistrut to span the gap between the wall scab and the 3/8” all thread rod. I used fender washers to capture the unistrut. I laid 2” x 10”s across the 3 pieces of unistrut. I screwed thru the unistrut up into the 2” x 10”s to keep them from cupping or twisting, and put some 2” x 4”s across the under side of the 2” x 10”s up against the unistrut to keep the whole thing from sliding or moving. I figure that it should hold at least 3,000 lbs. I am very please with how solid it is. Screwing the whole thing together like I did made it rock solid. You can grab it and try to shake it and it won’t even wiggle. It is 16’ x 4’, so I have64 sq. ft. of storage up out of the way. I am very happy with the results!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)





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MasterSergeant

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#1 posted 11-10-2011 07:09 PM

Great location! I recently added storage above

our garage door as well. Why waste the space I say, vertical is cheap it’s the horizontal the costs you!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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medicnurse70

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#2 posted 11-10-2011 07:19 PM

I love it …. Nice Job

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#3 posted 11-10-2011 07:34 PM

Yup, I do the same thing. But keep an eye on it. Hardwoods are heavy.

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Northwest29

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#4 posted 11-10-2011 08:02 PM

Very cool idea! Is ‘unistrut’ something that could be found at one of the big box stores? TNX-

Ron

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Viking

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#5 posted 11-10-2011 08:13 PM

Ron;

If you Google “Unistrut distributor” you can find one in your area. Don’t think you will find it at the BB stores.

Good Luck.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 11-10-2011 08:44 PM

Nice rack. Good use of the air space!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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shopmania

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#7 posted 11-10-2011 10:10 PM

Ron- Yes I did get the unistrut at Lowes in 10 foot lengths. I think they also had 5 or 6 ft. Thanks Jim, never been told I had a nice rack before!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Northwest29

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#8 posted 11-10-2011 10:27 PM

Thanks for the information. I have a Lowe’s very close to me I’ll check them out.

Ron

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Moose82

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#9 posted 11-10-2011 11:22 PM

That is a very good idea for extra storage. One thing that would be worried about is the load transfer into the garage door header. Also the point loads on the trusses above. I am sure those trusses that you laged into are not loaded for those kind of point loads. So in turn those trusses and garage door header is going to deflect/ fail due to all the load.

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shopmania

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#10 posted 11-10-2011 11:52 PM

I did consult my brother, who is a mechanical engineer, to ask him about the loads etc. that would be generated. He tweaked my design a little, suggesting 3/8” rod instead of 5/16”, and we discussed the point loads on the trusses, which is why I decided to “split” that load by spanning 2 trusses with the 2×4’s. which brings the load on each point down to about 500 lbs or less if I fully load the thing to 3,000 lbs. I’m certainly aware that I can’t just hang a car from my garage ceiling indefinitely, but I think that with some common sense and restraint it should be fine. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on it for warping/pulling away, etc. Thanks for your thoughts on that. If I DO have a catastrophe, I’ll be certain to post as a warning to others!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#11 posted 11-11-2011 12:19 AM

great job on the homework and the execution. Hopefully if a catastrophe does occur you WILL be around to take pictures and not part of the picture…..LOL!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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Tommy

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#12 posted 11-11-2011 03:35 AM

It is a nice wood rack, do you sit and watch the wood dry while admiring your work? I bet it is a pastime.

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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Knothead62

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#13 posted 04-15-2014 05:15 PM

Just wanted to reply. I have been searching for this on the LJ website today. This is exactly what I am looking for! I’ll tweak it a bit and add extra supports so I can have storage all across the single car garage. shopmania, thanks for doing the homework on the weight issue.

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