At long last I finally have a proper lumber rack to store all my lumber. It’s been ten years in the making and I’m kicking myself I didn’t do this sooner. If you’re in the market for lumber storage I am sharing my plans for this lumber rack down below.
A DIY tutorial to build a lumber rack including plans. Make this movable lumber storage rack to house full sheets and boards.
Organization in the shop is a funny thing because it’s not often thought about until you’re well into your craft. And then you’re so busy making all the things you hardly have time to stop and organize the shop. But I’m here to tell you it is worth every minute of lost shop time and will save you time in the future from having to dig through your pile.
Since every storage space is different I built this lumber rack to accommodate my needs:
- corner storage space
- store full sheets and boards only
And I built this lumber storage using only one full sheet and 13 studs. I highly recommend assessing your storage needs and available space to configure your lumber rack to fit you best.
- fits full sheets (4′ x 8′)
- four open shelves for up to 8′ boards and longer
- open solid shelf up top
- large shelf at base
- portable with locking wheels
I borrowed inspiration from two sources below. There are tons of lumber racks on the web so be sure to scour google for great ideas and possible configurations you may not have thought about.
Lumber Rack Inspiration:
Down below you will find a link to the plans as well as real life process photos and instructions. Be sure to read through this post entirely before beginning so you have a grasp of the process.
- 1 – 3/4” plywood sheet
- 13 – 2x4x8 studs
- 4 – 5” locking wheels
- 2 ½” wood screws
- 2” wood screws
- 1 5/8” wafer head screws
- 2 – ¾” conduit x 10’ long
- 20 – 7/8” rubber caps
- circular saw and straight edge or table saw
- measuring tape
- drill press & 1″ Forstner bit
- reciprocating saw & metal cutting blade
Begin by ripping the plywood sheet at 31″ wide then build the base frame.
And once you have the frame you can then attach the base cross supports.
First construct the exterior wall as per the plans.
Set the exterior wall in position on the base and secure using 2 1/2″ countersunk wood screws.
Next measure your leftover plywood piece (should be just shy of 17″ wide). This leftover plywood piece will become the top shelf capping off the walls. Take that measurement and mark on the base where the interior wall will be positioned.
Then before you construct the interior wall you need to predrill holes for the conduit pipe supports. Mark each vertical stud at the exact center of each desired hole location. Refer to my plans for the measurements I used on these hole locations.
Predrill Holes for Conduit:
- use a drill press
- tilt table to 10 degrees for a beveled hole
- use a 1″ Forstner bit (for 3/4″ conduit)
- set drill press stop just shy of 2″ deep
- clamp board to table
Once the holes are predrilled then construct the interior wall just as you did the exterior wall. Place it into position on the base and secure.
The metal conduit comes in 10 foot long pieces so we need to cut it to fit the rack. I used a reciprocating saw, metal cutting blade and my bench vise to make quick work of cutting 20 metal support bars. I cut the conduit at 15″ lengths which worked out perfect as about 2″ slides into the predrilled hole.
Since I drilled a 1″ hole and the exterior diameter of the 3/4″ conduit is just over 7/8″ it can easily slide into position. You could drill a 7/8″ diameter hole if you want a really snug fit but I prefer to have a little give in the holes.
Lastly I added rubber caps to the exposed ends of the conduit. This keeps any lumber from sliding around and more importantly protects people from cutting themselves on the exposed metal edge.
Thanks for joining me for this lumber rack build project. Please leave any questions in the comments below and be sure to follow me on social media for sneak peeks, tools and project inspiration:
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