Need to create some sort of lumber storage solution...suggestions???

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Forum topic by AngieO posted 04-21-2013 04:34 PM 5204 views 3 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2013 04:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workshop question lumber storage

So… if you look at the pics of my workshop you will find that in my small one car garage I’ve created a very usable space for my workshop.
As you can maybe see in this picture… Almost 1/4 of the space is being taken up by… “stuff”. In the far left hand side of the pi I have four beds, mattresses, bunkie boards, a dresser and a kitchen table. This stuff belongs to the ex so yesterday I got rid of it. (LOL…. no I didn’t destroy it or sell it off for wood or tools. I simply moved it to another location) :) I needed my space. LOL

Anyhow… I created more of a mess than anything. So today I’ll be rearranging the shop again and cleaning up. And now… I need to come up with a way to store my lumber.

Here is what I’m doing right now… LOL… Not very effetive, Huh?

Anyhow… I really want to make one like Steve from WWMM posted recently. But I would like to use some of the material I already have on hand before I go buy more. You can see my stash has plenty to make something. Just no plywood :(

So… I could get on here and on youtube and other sites to look up ideas… and I will. But for now I’m going to pick your brains and ask what you like, what you feel works well for you, things you’ve seen…. and while I wait for some responses… I’m going out there and getting started on the clean up and arranging.

Can’t wait to hear what you guys say. It always sparks ideas and makes me think of things I wouldn’t have thought of. You guys are a wealth of knowledge and information :)

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#1 posted 04-21-2013 04:39 PM

I made something similar to this one. Sheet goods on one side, lumber on the other. Put on heavy duty castors for mobility

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#2 posted 04-21-2013 05:15 PM

I made this.
Click for details

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#3 posted 04-21-2013 05:34 PM

Here’s a few ideas

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#4 posted 04-21-2013 05:43 PM

Here is what I did in my shop. Cost $75 and is made from 2×4’s and 3/4” emt. It’s been up for 13 months and is one of the projects I should have done a long time ago.

I drilled the holes at a 5 degree angle so the emt would angle upwards and spaced them about 6” apart. I cut the emt into 20” lengths which leaves 17” sticking out. I did a test before I did this by supporting a 80# bag of sacrete on a 24” length of pipe with out a problem.

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#5 posted 04-21-2013 05:52 PM

Does your garage have open rafters? or is it sheet-rocked up there?

You can get a bunch of stuff (including lumber) up in the rafters if it’s open. Biggest downside to that is having to use a ladder to get anything you might want down.

If you have the wall space, the 3rd pic down in a1Jim’s post is a quick and easy way to get instant storage from scraps.

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#6 posted 04-21-2013 06:06 PM

I have used the brackets like the third photo in a1Jim’s selection and the one in 10asee’s photo.
These are cheap, easy to build and you can change the size or spacing at any time with little or no expence.
Snap a chalk line along the studs to give you a level streight line and put ‘em up … easypeasy.

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#7 posted 04-21-2013 06:09 PM


I am a simple guy.. I just went to hardware store and bought some heavy duty shelve brackets and screwed them to the studs in the wall . Super easy, super cheap, and super strong.

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#8 posted 04-21-2013 06:27 PM

That’s down right scary Alongiron!!!! A hand full of dry wall screws holding all that weight ???
What ever works for you.

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#9 posted 04-21-2013 06:42 PM

The simplest way I know to do that is the take 2×4 and to drill holes in at a slight angle in them and to put piece of 12”x1/2” pipes in the hole, spaced may be 12 or 16” apart and then screw these in the existing 2×4 in your wall.
They are very easy and very inexpensive to build and they are flexible to use.

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#10 posted 04-21-2013 11:14 PM

Angie, Your wood storage is like mine, Stacked high on the floor. The best storage if you can do it would be racks hung from the ceiling. Just make sure your joists will support it. As far as scraps, this is my wood bin…..

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#11 posted 04-21-2013 11:33 PM


Check out my shop picture for the wall unit I use. Just 2×4’s with 1” wood dowels. I have a 2×10 with 4” legs on the floor under the lumber. Make sure you put the cord on at least one set of dowels, it keeps the lumber from falling out if it gets unbalanced.

I am in Columbus, In so if you get up this way give me a hollar and you can look at it.


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#12 posted 04-22-2013 12:40 AM

Sorry Angie, right now mine is much worse than yours. No suggestions here.

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#13 posted 04-22-2013 02:34 AM

wow… so many good suggestions. What I really want is one like the fourth one down that A1Jim posted. It’s like the one on WWMM. Also… I had seen the one that’s in A1Jims post as well as joein10asee’s. I was trying to remember where I had seen it and was looking for it. I will probably end up doing that for now.

I also really like the one that boxcarmarty showed.

As far as rafters… yes it does have open rafters. I have a few long 2×6’s stored up there. Also there are other things stored up there. For the most part… the space that’s left right now isn’t really usable for that because it will block out the lights.

alongiron… quick and easy. I like :)

Monte… Well… LOL… did you get any ideas for yours?

I knew I could count on you guys for great ideas. Thanks to everyone for sharing.

AlenBienLien…. nice!

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#14 posted 04-22-2013 02:41 AM

grumpymike… I agree.

Les… I just checked out your shop. NICE! And I really like what you did. Looks super simple. Gonna have to do like grumpymike said or this. These are my top two favorites.

Thanks again everyone.

Btw… I’m not done… but here is a quick peek of what I got accomplished today.

Here’s the space that I’m going to use for the storage. My pile is neater right now but it needs to be up off the floor and separated. You know the boards I’m gonna want to use next are on the very bottom of the stack. LOL

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#15 posted 04-22-2013 02:47 AM

And… LOL… just so you know what I started with this morning… to give you a little perspective. Here are the before pics. LOL…. They are pretty scray. I didn’t realize it was so bad..

Another “after” picture
AND… check out that workbench… got the casters put on today. Love that I can move it wherever I want.

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