Wood Rack

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Project by Shark64 posted 10-22-2012 03:28 PM 3890 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been dormant in my woodworking for about 10 years. One of the projects I had in mind when the break began was to get my stack of lumber up off the floor of the shop and on a rack. This is based upon a plan I remember from one of the woodworking magazines – I could not find the actual issue but credits go to whoever did the original design.

This all scraps I had laying around including part of the shipping crate from a jointer/planner. The wall it is attached to is made from 2×6 studs on 12 inch centers. I put 6 lag bolts into each of the vertical standards, some 30 in all. The “arms” are raised at a five degree angle.

Not only is the wood up off the floor, I now have some more floor space, always a commodity in short supply no matter how big the shop. It is also very easy for me to access and pull out lumber for projects.

This is a simple project I know, but for me it represents entering into a rebirth of woodworking.

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#1 posted 10-22-2012 03:41 PM

That looks really slick! I only wish I’d seen it before I spent all my money on brackets at Lee Valley.

Also, I can relate. My workshop was filled with renovation crap for a decade while we were stuck in an endless round of re-modelling. One day, I put up a small wall cabinet for glues and finishes. That led to shelving for tools and wood, a sharpening setup, tool racks, etc….finally back in business, I got back to making some badly needed furniture for the house.

Every little bit of organization seemed to make the next step easier.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 04:16 PM

Welcome back! And very nicely done. A great way to get back in the swing of things!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 06:56 PM


-- Joel

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 08:39 PM

Excellent Job…... I had one close to what you made and I used a couple of bunge cords from the top to bottom just in case a piece wanted to slide off by chance. Amazing how vibrations will slowly move the smaller pieces around a bit.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 08:45 PM

Great project and well executed.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#6 posted 10-23-2012 12:40 AM

Well first welcon to LJ’s, Great lookimg lumber rack. Looks like it will serve you well for years to come.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 10-23-2012 10:56 AM

Looks good. Welcome back!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#8 posted 10-28-2012 01:50 AM

Utilizing the floor joists in a basement or ceiling in a garage is also a simple way to hang shelves without having to drill into the wall. One bolt has incredible shear strength!

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#9 posted 12-09-2012 05:25 PM

NIce rack! I’m envious of its capacity and wish I had the wall space for one like it. I have one about 1/4 that size and it was really nice when I started in my new CA shop, but it didn’t take more than a month before it became overflowing and unorganized just like my last one! I’m sure most woodbutchers can relate, especially those of us who use fine woods that we have to buy by the troy ounce, that we toss nothing until it is the size of a toothpick!

I’ve seen lots of clever ideas on how to store all our cutoffs so they are accessible and have implemented some, but it just seems to always end up that when I need a small piece of Wenge, I’m gonna have to cut on off of a bigger piece because I can’t find the smaller one I KNOW I saved last week!


-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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