|Project by EarlS||posted 04-08-2014 12:34 AM||1611 views||8 times favorited||6 comments|
I’ve always stored my lumber on horizontal shelves hung high up on the wall of my shop. Getting wood on/off the stacks was always a long, involved process. Usually, the perfect board was on the bottom of the pile and it took half the day to dig it out and put all of the boards back.
Keeping that in mind, I decided to build a vertical storage area in the new shop. It is 4 ft wide and 3 ft deep with 16” of pitch. I can store 10 ft boards without destroying the ceiling and there is room for roughly 300 BF of lumber.
The base of the unit has a 2×6 on the front to act as a stop to keep the boards from sliding out. In order to keep the wood off the floor and prevent moisture from wicking into the wood I used 2×4’s spaced 3” apart as the base. The back and diagonal supports are secured at the top with a cross support piece. The 2×4 supports are spaced 2 ft apart on the back to provide support to the lumber so it won’t bow. I also installed arms at 4 ft and 6 ft to keep the lumber from shifting and falling off the sides, as well as providing extra stiffening to the frame. Lastly, I added chains to the front of the arms in case a board tips to the front. The entire structure is secured to the wall with lag bolts.
As you can see, the arms also serve double duty as clamp storage. I’m also going to add a shelf behind the diagonal support to store shorts. The entire project cost $55 including the lumber and the screws, bolts, chain, and such.
-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"