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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 04-11-2011 06:33 PM 4738 reads 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Why Bother?
The lumber rack is the unsung hero of the woodworking shop. Its responsible for holding our raw materials safely, securely, and in an organized fashion until we’re ready to use them.

Let’s face it: we are all wood hoarders when it comes down to it and most of us over-buy lumber intentionally. So if you plan on amassing anything that can be called a wood “collection” you need a sturdy place to store it all.

How it’s Made
This lumber rack is made entire from 2×4 lumber and 3/4” shop grade plywood. The uprights are bolted to the wall studs and the bracket supports are screwed to the vertical uprights. The sheetgoods and cut-off storage is tucked away underneath the lumber rack and swings out on casters for easy loading. In fact, I have mine positioned right by the front door so all I need to do is back up my truck and slide the sheets right in.

The Design
The design is very adaptable and can be customized to fit your personal preferences and shop needs. The inspiration for this project came from two folks: my buddy Aaron Marshall and Chet from the forum. Oddly enough, when researching for this build, the most useful and promising information came from our own forum. Gotta love when that happens! If you decide to build this rack or some variation of it, send me some pictures or post them in the Wood Talk Online Forum!

Downloads
Right Click to Download the PDF Plan
Right Click to Download the SketchUp File

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com



14 comments so far

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WWilson

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 07:09 PM

Awesome video Marc! Thanks for helping us remember not every project needs to be fine furniture! Excellent work and good use of space.

-Will

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BreakingBoardom

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 07:29 PM

Great looking rack. I’m in the process of making mine and decided to incorporate scrap bins on the front too. Very nice construction and design on yours.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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rance

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#3 posted 04-11-2011 07:57 PM

Except for your waste of a lot of wood, I like it. By simply rearranging your cut list, you can easilly save at least a half a sheet of plywood alone, still using your current design. I expect a lot of us can come in a lot cheaper than $235 or so for a wood rack. That seems a little excessive. A friend of mine is looking at building a rack and this one has its merits. Thanks for posting.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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thewoodwhisperer

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#4 posted 04-11-2011 08:11 PM

feel free to post a revised cut list. I’d be happy to include it in the file. Even if you save half a sheet, you still need to buy the full sheet so the pricing would be the same.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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rance

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#5 posted 04-11-2011 09:55 PM

This is just with rearranging, I’m sure I could save a whole sheet easilly. And yes, I’ve accounted for 1/8 Kerfs.

Edit: Only 3 supports pieces to go. Hey, I saw this more of a challenge, nothing against your design. :) But on the other hand, I don’t have $50 to just throw away. If this were a production cabinet shop, then yes, just build it. However, I’d guess that of your audience here on LJ, that 90% of us are DIYers.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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thewoodwhisperer

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#6 posted 04-11-2011 10:08 PM

I suppose everyone has their personal limits for what is “efficient enough”. For me personally, I’d rather lose a half sheet of plywood than run through the physical and mental gymnastics required to make those cuts. But I gotta give you credit for working all those pieces into the nooks and crannies.

edit: Totally understand. When you’re finished, can you send me the full rez file? I’ll add it to the original post as an alternative cut list. I really do appreciate you accepting the challenge.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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zindel

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#7 posted 04-11-2011 11:03 PM

I must say that this is one of the best ways to save space i have seen in awhile!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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SplashMaster

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#8 posted 04-11-2011 11:05 PM

It looks so good man I wont to go redo my racks now just for the sheet good rack lol and I just might do it but that will have to be a summer project Thanks for the ideas

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.

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#9 posted 04-11-2011 11:23 PM

As always, a very well executed plan. Your attention to details is very nice. This will hold a lot of lumber. Well done, Marc. Thanks for taking the time to do this, and for your generosity (as always) in sharing with others.

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Drew

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#10 posted 04-12-2011 02:53 AM

With hind sight being 20/20, perhaps a caster with a brake lock. Other than that a door jamb wedge to put under one of the wheels… Hope that give ya something.

-- If A equals success, then the formula is, A = X + Y + Z, Where X is work, Y is play, And Z is keep your mouth shut." -Albert Einstein.

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RTim

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#11 posted 04-12-2011 03:04 AM

I love the roll-out sheet good and cutoff rack! I don’t have the height in the basement for the rest of the rack but I could definately incorporate the roll-out.

-- Tim from MA -- "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franlin

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ken_c

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#12 posted 04-12-2011 05:33 PM

Nice job. I always enjoy your posts…

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CharlesNeil

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#13 posted 04-12-2011 11:24 PM

Marc, nice video , my friend, but having had numerous conversations with you , a racked brain isnt something lacking in you,, its a natural talent, excellent my friend, :)

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jussi

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#14 posted 04-12-2011 11:45 PM

Looks good Marc. If I had the room for a dedicated storage rack I’d definitely incorporate you’re design. Since I don’t I ended up making a portable one.

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