The lumber rack is the unsung hero of the woodworking shop. Its responsible for holding our raw materials safely, securely, and in an organized fashion until we’re ready to use them.
Let’s face it: we are all wood hoarders when it comes down to it and most of us over-buy lumber intentionally. So if you plan on amassing anything that can be called a wood “collection” you need a sturdy place to store it all.
This lumber rack is made entire from 2×4 lumber and 3/4″ shop grade plywood. The uprights are bolted to the wall studs and the bracket supports are screwed to the vertical uprights. The sheetgoods and cut-off storage is tucked away underneath the lumber rack and swings out on casters for easy loading. In fact, I have mine positioned right by the front door so all I need to do is back up my truck and slide the sheets right in.
The design is very adaptable and can be customized to fit your personal preferences and shop needs. The inspiration for this project came from two folks: my buddy Aaron Marshall and Chet from the forum. Oddly enough, when researching for this build, the most useful and promising information came from our own forum. Gotta love when that happens! If you decide to build this rack or some variation of it, send me some pictures or post them in the Wood Talk Online Forum!
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