|Project by Junado||posted 02-23-2014 10:54 PM||1406 views||8 times favorited||2 comments|
So I had a very specific problem. I made some simple angled wall brackets (following Jay’s design, see http://jayscustomcreations.com/2013/12/5-lumber-rack/) for storing some lumber, but when it came time to install the top row, I couldn’t find any studs. Turns out the top 3 feet or so of drywall in my garage is only attached top and bottom: the supporting wall is further back, over the foundation. I had the bottom brackets installed and did not want to replace them, so I figured I could just make new brackets that would be suspended from the ceiling.
I thought about making inverted T brackets, but that would make using the side of the bracket on the wall awkward and I did not like to have to try and keep the support balanced, so I came up with this idea.
It’s basically a C-frame made of construction grade 2×4 and 2×3 (jointed and planed), corners held together with a glued up bridle joint. The C-frame on its own is plenty strong, but the rack is fairly high and I wanted to avoid wood falling over, so I closed up the front with a latch made with a cherry bar and two dowels. It snaps in place and also holds the front of the C-frame, making it that much stronger. It is lag bolted in the ceiling joists with two 1/4 inch lag bolts per bracket.
It’s currently holding about 50 board feet of black walnut (roughly 160 lbs) with no signs of weakness !