|Project by doakster||posted 01-05-2014 04:02 AM||2551 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
I built this a couple of months ago. Everything above the bottom level was just lying on the floor and I have been tripping over for quite some time, so I decided it was time to do something about it. The cherry on the bottom level I got last week through kijiji.
I don’t remember where I first saw this design, but it is simple and quick to do, which is what I liked about it. This works best if you have a wall with exposed studs. My basement was made with styrofoam forms, which have plastic reinforcement into which sheet rock can be screwed. I screwed 2X4s on edge against the wall with several screws. I was concerned that this wouldn’t be enough to hold it to the wall, so I added another 2X4 across the top into the floor joists above to hold it against the wall (Picture 4).
The supports are simply a 24” piece of 2X4 sandwiched between to wedge shaped pieces of 1/2” plywood (Pictures 2 & 3). The plywood extends beyond the support by 3 1/4” and screwed into the vertical supports. The plywood is 3 1/2” wide at the front and angles back to 7” wide at the back. I tried pulling myself up on one of the supports and it held no trouble. So that means that each support can safely hold 220 lbs. There are four supports on each level which means each level can hold 880 lbs. There is 14” of space between levels, which means a maximum of 224 board feet can be stored on each level. Most domestic hardwoods can be stored no problem. If I had a large amount of very dense exotic hardwoods, it could be an issue, but that isn’t a problem I expect to have any time soon.
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