Lumber rack, for under 25 dollars.

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Project by CatiaMan posted 690 days ago 1939 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi folks, there are many lumber rack designs out there, some use black pipe ($$), some incorporate a roller mechanism to make it easier to load/unload (the first piece of lumber only), some are fixed to a wall (tranferring long term loads into the wall). But none are as easy to build, flexible, and inexpensive as this. This project cost me $23 and 1 hour to build (plus another hour to paint). Simple, effective, easy to build.
Here’s a tip, the base of each rack is a “T” and there is a square block of 1/2 plywood nailed at the limits of the “T” to create 3 point contact so the rack does not rock.

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#1 posted 689 days ago

That’s a great design! Very simple, but very effective. What are the overall dimensions of each stand? I really like how they’re separate so you can adjust the distance between them. Great job.

-- ~ Dan, North Carolina,

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#2 posted 689 days ago

Very nice! Was there a reason to paint it? It would seem the loading and unloading of lumber would take the finish off after some time. Does not detract from the pure simplicity, of course. Great job!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#3 posted 688 days ago

Nice job. Clean design, with lots of options to customize it. Would you mind posting some dimensions?

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#4 posted 688 days ago

Can’t beat the price and/or the storage space for the dollar

-- Norman

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#5 posted 687 days ago

Very much like the racks we have at work for our heavy steel channel, angle and tube material. [Palm to forehead!]

-- "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." R. Reagan, "The Speech", 1964

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#6 posted 686 days ago

Thanks everyone for your kind words. Two people asked about dimensions so here goes: each rack is 32 inches wide by ~78 inches tall. The cantilever is 14.5 inches. There is 8.5 inches vertical clearance between each “shelf”. Everything is 2×4 except the bottom “T” which is 2×6. The distance between each rack is….adjustable (of course). I used #12 screws (3.5 inches long) and glued each lap joint. A #12 has a diameter of 7/32, a little heftier than, say a #8, better suited for shear load. The height is just within my ability to put extra wide panels on the top, where the width restriction is 32 (or so) inches.

As for painting, I should have stained it, but it’s too late now. I had some left over yellow paint so on it went, it’s a cheery color, here in the North West where it rains almost every day.

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