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Forum topic by William Shelley posted 05-03-2017 04:24 AM 453 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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William Shelley

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05-03-2017 04:24 AM

Probably one of the more overly-discussed topics, but I thought I’d share my new lumber storage rack (one of two) in my brand new woodshop.

I used some leftover 16ga steel U-channel, i believe it’s 1-1/2×1-1/2, welded it into a kind of T-shaped bracket, and fastened it to a beam. I know, using steel to build a rack to hold wood… Might as well get out your pitchforks and torches now. But steel has the nice property of not requiring a lot of volume to be strong which really helped in this situation.

For reference, those arms stick out about 12 inches and I can hang my 160lb self off the end of one bracket.

My other lumber is not quite done but will be made from the vertical columns from a pallet racking upright, plus chunks of the same kind of column with a bracket welded on. I won’t have a feasible way to test the weight capacity of this rack but I think that hanging 500lbs on each arm would be a breeze.

The arms are about 24” long, and the steel used is 14ga for the arms and 12ga for the columns. The welded brackets on the arms are 1/4” plate.

Here are two shots showing the in-progress heavy duty rack, laying on the ground:

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective


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