Garage or shop shelving with neither overhead nor lower supports

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Forum topic by David Grimes posted 03-08-2011 09:34 AM 1754 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Grimes

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03-08-2011 09:34 AM

We were challenged to provide bulk storage up high on the back wall of a garage.
This first garage had higher than normal ceilings, so we were able to get two levels of shelving above 6 feet off the ground. Each shelf measures 16’ length and 3’ depth for a total of 48 sf per shelf… 96 sf overall.

The best thing about this project was the double takes it gets when it is realized that there are no supporting posts or cantilevers from below… and there are no supporting hangers from above… nor is it attached to the ceiling at all.

The trick is in the square, somewhat truss-like frames that are lagged to the studs in the wall (4 washered lags per frame): They are pre-drilled, glued and screwed, very tight fit interference framing with x bracing, corner gussets, etc. They will not move. The only way they can fall is if the wall behind it fails.

I liked it so much I did one for myself. Mine goes to the ceiling, but is not attached (other than caulk and paint for aesthetics).

...and the frame.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 10:26 AM

I thought it was a question. I was going to suggest an angle brace, but you already got it ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 03-08-2011 05:27 PM

David, I think that ya got it.


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#3 posted 03-08-2011 05:45 PM

Very nice, David. I did one similar to your dimensions last month with old OSB. I just French cleated mine (I’d like to keep things versatile for future rearrangements). Works well; and like yours, it’s not going anywhere!

-- jay,

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