|Project by MatthewG||posted 10-05-2013 02:48 AM||1624 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
I’m in the process of moving my shop from the single garage space—it has served me well for years—into a double garage space. I wanted a storage rack / lumber rack to keep stuff organized, visible, and protected. I needed storage for plywood and other sheet goods, some lumber (most of the raw boards goes overhead), cutoffs, and long skinny stuff like dowels, angle iron, pipe, etc. Here is what I came up with after some thought and a few false starts.
The rack sits on the floor, and is 49”x20”. The base is some treated 2x material, on top of some sill-seal to keep moisture migration down. Over the base is an 5/8 older material OSB “floor”. A set of three 2×4 “studs” run floor to ceiling, stiffening the rack and providing space for cutoffs.
Full size sheet goods go against the wall, standing vertically—I like to keep them vertical, so I don’t have to lift as far to a tablesaw or sawhorse. There is a 48×30 open section for smaller sheets, and a 30×16 section open above that. I really like the different size sections, so little pieces don’t get lost among the bigger ones.
I bought maybe 50’ of 2×3” plastic downspouts, and cut it up into different length sections. These lay on a shelf, with several layers of tubes, separated by a 1/8 hardboard peice. That worked great, since you can pull out a single tube and the rest stay in place. I have maybe ten 48” tubes, five, 30” tubes, and a bunch of 12” shorties that are open to the front of the rack.
Short boards and some small parts organizers go on the shelves. Cutoffs get stood up between the studs.
So far, I really like it. It stays WAY more organized than the shelves I used to have!
-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA