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512 days ago

My shop is in a single garage bay with a single wall. Floor space is at a premium, but wall space even more so. I’d like to build a lumber rack, but that will eat up half my wall space.

Is is okay to store lumber on end (with the ends not in contact with the floor), or will that cause that boards to warp eventually?

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#1 posted 512 days ago

Long term storage of boards that way could let them warp. I put in a lumber rack after doing the on end thing for a while (same shop constraints as you) and it has been marvelous.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#2 posted 512 days ago

Maybe I should build a short lumber rack and cut all my boards into 2-foot lengths so they’ll fit on the rack. :)

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#3 posted 512 days ago

Maybe a rack high on the wall along the ceiling? You would have to use a ladder to get to it, but it would be out of the way of things you wanted to put against the wall.

I designed my lumber rack to be 6.5’ off the ground so people can walk under it. If you took away the bottom layer and just made a longer top layer it wouldn’t use up much space at all.

-- Rex

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#4 posted 512 days ago

Does your garage have open joists or trusses in the ceiling?
You could put lumber on top of the ceiling joists.
My dad’s shop was like that.
Otherwise, I’d go with Rex’s idea to put your rack high on the wall or even hanging from the ceiling.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#5 posted 512 days ago

You only have to walk the lumber isles of any home center to see how vertically stored wood warps. If I can’t stack it I try to clamp multiple pieces together until I use them.

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#6 posted 512 days ago

Boards tend to bow stored that way.

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#7 posted 512 days ago

I store most of my lumber vertically and I’ve not yet had a board bow. If its dry and you stand it pretty close to 90 degrees, you shouldn’t have a problem. The stuff at the BORG is usually still wet when they get it and its nowhere near 90 degrees. One HUGE advantage with storing it vertically is that I no longer have to lift a bunch of other boards to get the one I want.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#8 posted 512 days ago

If you have an overhead door you might build some frames or even boxes up there in the center of the ceiling. The door must pass under the storage area. An opener takes some of the room.

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#9 posted 512 days ago

I am with sikrap. I store several thousand BF vertically, and it does fine if it is dry and stable.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#10 posted 512 days ago

My garage walls (and ceiling) are all covered with dry walled, unfortunately. And there’s only about a foot of space between the garage door (when open) and the ceiling. There is an open patch of ceiling over where the car parks under which I might be able to build a rack.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#11 posted 511 days ago

I’m in the horizontal camp also but if any of you David Marks fans have seen his wood shed, it’s mostly vertical.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#12 posted 511 days ago

Brett, a foot of space is a lot considering even the losses of the build.
The door is 9’ wide, about 10’ of ceiling space long and 1’ high.
minus space for the rack you’ll have at least 9’x10’x9 1/2”.
that means a rough 855 bd ft of storage space.

If you need to store more than that, I want you to adopt me so I can use your credit card!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#13 posted 511 days ago

I store my 3/4 ply vertically, but I first clamp several sheets together three places on each of the sides. This has worked well for me for quite some time and keeps everything rather straight and unbowed.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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