Hardwood Lumber Rack

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 06-29-2013 04:31 PM 2817 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the lumber rack I just finished for my shop. You can see by the last pic, I was in desperate need.

Construction: Originally thought I’d make this out of southern yellow pine, but I had a lot of lower grade 8/4 white oak pieces I need to use up… white oak it was. The construction is pretty straight-forward. Ijust laminated some 2×5” stock. In doing so, I left specific gaps(plywood scraps) creating the dadoes to receive the arms. The dadoes are at a 4 degree angle in order to make the stock lean toward the wall.

Measurements: Basically the posts are 4” wide 5” deep, and the are arms are 2×4x26”.

Everything was then hand planed fairly smooth. Really the parts are full of planing tracks. I like it that way. Finish is a couple coats of danish oil.

Last, I had to hit the Fastenal store for the massive hardware. Big 1/2” lags and cement anchors to mount to posts to the block wall. I think this should hold well enough. most of the weight is directed to the floor. Then some shorter lags hold the arms in place.

I really like it so far. But I know it’ll never seem big enough. Questions and comments always welcome, Red

Construction Pics:

-- Red-- "I hope my furniture has a soul to it.”" -Sam Maloof

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#1 posted 06-29-2013 04:39 PM

Very nice. Looks like a well executed, much needed project.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#2 posted 06-29-2013 06:50 PM

It does look like you needed it! ...wish I had that problem.

And I’m a little jealous of your shop setup, awesome outfeed table setup, beautiful work bench, and quite the clamp collection!

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#3 posted 06-29-2013 07:04 PM

Looks like a lot of capacity. Helpful, no doubt.

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#4 posted 06-29-2013 07:05 PM

Very nice! Just couldn’t stand being as 90%er could you lol..

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#5 posted 06-29-2013 09:23 PM

Wow, all that effort for a lumber rack. Shoot, you could have asked me to help. I could have rented a truck, come by ad ‘removed’ all that dirty wood off your floor….. Especially that “lower grade 8/4 oak”

SEE, problem solved… I’m nice that way, gotta help out a fellow LJ in need…

Nice rack you got there. I should be so lucky to have a oak rack.. Mine is made from BORG 2×4’s.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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#6 posted 06-29-2013 09:34 PM

I can see why you needed that rack, nice pile of wood you got there

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#7 posted 06-30-2013 01:30 AM

Thanks guys. My previous lumber rack was overhead- just screwed together 2×4s. I am slowly trying to make my shop a nicer place to work. I, uhhh spend a lot of time there.

Eddie- Thanks man. The shop has been a lot of overtime and tax returns coming. You’ll see. When you get to a point when you can sell some of your stuff, your shop takes off.

-- Red-- "I hope my furniture has a soul to it.”" -Sam Maloof

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#8 posted 06-30-2013 04:24 AM

Fantastico…Consideraing favoriting it because of the amount of clamps in pic #3….But not sure yet…Will you be making a new scrap cart ?

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#9 posted 06-30-2013 04:53 AM

You make me sick. White oak lumber rack?
Just kidding, it looks great.
I like the dado approach, it looks very stout.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 06-30-2013 04:57 AM

White Oak..ooh, that is nice..That will be holdin lumber for years…

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#11 posted 06-30-2013 02:11 PM

Nah widdle, sheet goods cart will stay after I make some repairs.

I figured I would get some grief for making it out of oak. I tried to hide most the defects, but most of it was stuff I really wouldn’t use on furniture. Besides, I got it pretty reasonably priced.

-- Red-- "I hope my furniture has a soul to it.”" -Sam Maloof

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#12 posted 06-30-2013 02:18 PM

Great work BRK. That puppy is not going anywhere.

-- ~Tony

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#13 posted 06-30-2013 03:39 PM

Like others, I was a bit surprised by the use of oak. But that should make it very durable. Good work.

-- Dave K.

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#14 posted 06-30-2013 03:50 PM

Well thought out and put together. Nice job. :)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#15 posted 07-01-2013 02:04 PM

Nice timber storage Red. Now send over your scraps so I can have some nice wood to play with too.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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