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Project by DGunn posted 2371 days ago 16600 views 57 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had a few inquiries as to the lumber rack posted in my workshop. The plans came from Wood magazine’ Best-Ever woodworking jigs, homemade tools & shop organizers. This is the 2006 issue. I have had this a while, just never built the lumber rack until about a month ago.
You can customize it to be whatever size you like. The one in the magazine has three racks, mine only has two. It is made from 2×4s and 1/2” plywood. It is attached to the wall using 3/8×4 lag screws. It is very strong. I weigh about 170lbs. and can hang from two of the “arms” of the rack with no problem.
The “arms” of the rack are not actually attached. The blocks that attach it to the wall are angled up at 5 degrees to help keep it level when weight of the wood is applied. The backs of the arms that touch the wall are also angled at 5 degrees so it sits in the support flat against the wall.
There is 12” inches between the two racks and 12” between the top one and the ceiling. I estimate it will hold about 200 bf.
If anyone has any questions, I will be glad to help.

Thanks for looking, and all comments are welcome, good or bad.





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GaryK

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#1 posted 2371 days ago

Pretty cool design! Do you have any idea how much weight a single shelf can support?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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lew

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#2 posted 2371 days ago

I built a similar rack many years ago, when lumber was cheaper. Use 3 2X4’s for each uprite, cut and spaced the center 2X4 just as you did. Mine goes from floor to ceiling, in the basement. Tied each uprite into an overhead floor joist and spaced six uprites to match every joist. You can see it is pretty well loaded up, if you check the pictures of my workshop.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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trifern

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#3 posted 2371 days ago

Very timely post. I spent all weekend cleaning and organizing my shop. I kept telling myself, you have to build a lumber rack. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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teenagewoodworker

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#4 posted 2371 days ago

nice. I’m thinking of putting some kind of wood storage in my shop too. i wish i had enough room for a great system like that. great job. it looks great too.

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USCJeff

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#5 posted 2371 days ago

Very well done. I did this as well based on the same Wood article. Like you, I changed dimensions to suit my space. Very happy with it as I’m sure you will be. Again, well done.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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DGunn

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#6 posted 2371 days ago

Thanks for the compliments guys.

GaryK, I can put my full wiegth (170lbs.) on the ends of the two arms. The two sets of supports on each side are 16” apart. There is 32” between the two sets of supports. I would figure across the entire length, it should hold at least 300 lbs, probably more. I am supposed to get a good size load of lumber soon, so when I put more on it, I will let you know if there are any issues.

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Scott Wigginton

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#7 posted 2371 days ago

Great project! Special thanks for including the details.

I agree with trifern, I have been looking around for a good lumber rack design and need to act on one soon. This will be a great solution.

-- Scott

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grovemadman

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#8 posted 2371 days ago

Looks pretty good and adjustable too! It should hold plenty of weight… as far as i can tel from your pics.

-- --Chuck

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cajunpen

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#9 posted 2371 days ago

Well done and sturdy is good.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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toyguy

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#10 posted 2371 days ago

Like Trifern this is very timely.. I too have just started a complete clean up of the shop and need a place to store wood. This looks just what the Dr. ordered. Great pictures of your rack, that will help me with my decidtion… Thanks for the post..

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Yettiman

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#11 posted 2371 days ago

Awesome, very timely, and thanks for the PM directing me to your post. Much appreciated. Simple but great looking rack.

Will definately be building one soon

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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Mario

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#12 posted 2371 days ago

I like it very much and am looking for options for the area above my chopsaw wall. Thanks

-- Hope Never fails

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sharad

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#13 posted 2368 days ago

A strong and useful storage for lumber.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Safetyboy

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#14 posted 2343 days ago

This looks like the perfect rack for me – I even have spare 1/2” plywood lying around!

Can I ask a couple questions?

+ Are the arms cut or notched at all besides the 5-deg angle on the back, or are they just straight 2×4?
+ Is the plywood just screwed to the 2×4 blocks?
+ How long are the “arms”? Is there a limit to how long they should be?
+ It’s interesting that you spaced 2 at 16”, left a 32” gap, then put another 2 at 16”... Is that recommended, or you just chose that yourself?

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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DGunn

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#15 posted 2339 days ago

1. the arms are not notched, but they are ripped to 2-3/4”, then the top were rounded over slightly.

2. yes, the plywood is just glued and screwed to the 2×4s

3. the plans call for the arms to be 14”, I made mine 16” (I think), as far as how long, I am not sure, I would say to keep them between 14” to 18”, I would say 18” would be the max I would go with

4.honesty, I don’t recall, I do know the plans have theirs 24” on center, but the studs in the wall were 16” on center where I put my rack. I just didn’t see a need for the one in the center. I can put 8’-10’ boards on top or bottom, and I can still put shorter boards on it as well.

If you would like any additional info, just ask.

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