Vertical Lumber Storage Rack

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Project by Sunstealer73 posted 12-14-2013 06:35 PM 6044 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My shop is a post frame building that I finished off inside with framing, insulation, and drywall. I was a little scared to put a whole lot of weight on the outside wall because of the way it was built. So, I decided to go with a vertical lumber rack. I have a very good hardwood dealer not far away, so I do not need to store really large quantities of wood. The ceiling on this side is also vaulted, so I have lots of vertical space available.

I screwed 2×4x72’s across the wall with 3/4” dowels mounted every 10” on them. I also built a platform base so that the wood would not be resting on the concrete floor. The far left space can hold up to a 12’ board. I still need to get some kind of chain or string to run across the dowels to keep anything from falling sideways on me.

I also need to build a shorts bin for all the 1-2’ pieces on the right side of the rack.

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#1 posted 12-14-2013 08:21 PM

I think vertical storage is a great idea when it comes to selecting boards and you’re right of course about it not putting any strain on your shop structure. I’m more unsure about whether or not vertical storage will encourage boards to bow. I won’t try to pretend knowing the answer to that question, but it would be interesting to find out from someone with experience on the subject. What do you think?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-15-2013 01:14 AM

From what I’ve read, the key is to make sure the boards are standing straight up, not leaning. Also, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea with wet stuff. Everything I have is dry when I bring it in.

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