Lumber Storage Rack?

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Blog entry by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 07-11-2009 08:41 AM 6832 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend came by the shop looked around, pointed to something and said “That’s a great Idea”

I am very scared of heights and although I have a 6’ set ladder I just can’t go beyond the second step, in any case there would be nobody there to hold the ladder.

Last year I was trying to put together a vacuum system with the tubes 8’ high on the wall. I also wanted to run an air hose from one side of the shop to the other, again about 8’ high along a beam, I also need to change out light tubes and that sort of thing. You feel a fool asking someone to come and go up a ladder for you and do the jobs, so pretty much they all just sat there. My answer was to get a mobile scaffold which had a nice wide and long platform to stand on and I even added a rope rail around the platform for my extra security. The scaffold worked perfectly for me but when I was finished doing the installs, I realized it was not like a ladder that you could fold up and stash. My options were to disassemble it or leave as it was – in the way!

Here’s the Scaffold I bought ($160) plus the specs/blurb:

This Contractor Grade product is truly a must when being elevated off the floor is a what it takes to get the job done! Great for interior or exterior use on level surfaces or on stairwells. It features a 1/2” plywood deck that is riveted into the steel Powder Coated support frame and reinforced underneath with 2 extra bars. Two safety latches insure that the plywood deck stays in place. It provides a 1,000 lbs. working load capicity. It features 5” full 360° swivel casters that have double lock foot brakes that prevent them from turning & swiveling when needed. The unit is 29” wide so it will fit through most standard doors for ease of movement. It adjusts up to 6 feet and can be double stacked. Manufactured to meet or exceed ANAI Standards & OSHA requirements. Optional accessories available include a Guard Rail System (OSHA requires this if scaffold is over 10’ tall.) & Outriggers for support. If the Outriggers are used, then the casters from the second set of Scaffolding are used on the Outriggers. Assembled Size: Length 74” , Width 29”, Height 75”. A great tool for the Painter, Window Cleaner, Electrician, General Builiding Maintenace to name a few.

After pondering for a while an idea came to me…let’s turn this into a mobile wood rack until I need to use it as a scaffold again.
I took some 2×4’s, notched each end to slide over the end ladder rails and then cut some cdx to fit accross the 2 – 2×4’s on each level. Problem solved and lumber rack that can bring the lumber to you as a bonus.
Mobile Lumber Rack ??
I could not get the Pic to show all the rack, but you’ll get the idea, unfortunately when I took the Pic the rac was loaded with a lot of crud – sorry about that.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#1 posted 07-11-2009 10:09 AM

Now that is a neat idea. I’ll keep this in mind could become useful.
Where did you get the scaffold to begin with?

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#2 posted 07-11-2009 12:02 PM

Roger, that is a pretty interesting idea. I have thought about getting one of these to paint with since we have a a cathedral ceiling but wondered what I was going to do with the scaffolding afterward since, even though I like to paint, I don’t want to do it too often. I may have to take a look at something like this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 07-11-2009 02:29 PM

I bought one of these when I started working on my shop. It is one the handiest things I ever bought. I am now using it as a power miter box table till I get a counter built. I now see what I could use it for after I get the counter done. Thanks for the inspiration.

God Bless

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#4 posted 07-11-2009 05:52 PM


I ordered it from Amazon but it came from Northern Tool. It was at a good price for what it is – very strong and sturdy – and heavy.

As you will see it can also be used as a multiple shelf unit which is mobile, and I have found it makes a nice storage unit for parts from cutting sessions on the table saw, Miter saw and Band saw and the best thing about it you can move it right next to the tool you are using.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#5 posted 07-11-2009 07:05 PM

Nice idea Roger, I also suspect you can use it for an extension on your table saw, mitre…etc. You could run the material right on to the shelfs when ripping, resawing…etc.

Excellent way to turn a “disability” into an ability.

Thank you for the inspiration…it may come in handy.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 07-11-2009 09:25 PM

Thats a neat Idea. I had an aluminium one of those a fold up type sort of concertina type ,and I gave it away,it was about sorriest thing I ever did too, so good for you great way of thinking Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 07-12-2009 02:46 AM

Hey Roger
That’s a great idea

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#8 posted 09-10-2009 12:35 PM

Hmmmmmm…......nice storage rack….....Roger.!!

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#9 posted 10-26-2010 03:18 AM

I have the same rack and have used it the same way although mine was temporary for a particular job.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#10 posted 10-26-2010 04:23 AM

That rack has been a great help being movable. Since that post I have also got a smaller 4 ft. mobile “scaffold” which I use for storage and a desk – works out well and still lets me move it, take everything off of it and fold it up to store.
I need too have everything in my shop mobile.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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