Lumber Rack

by Grant Smith

I made up a lumber rack capable of storing over 1000 bd ft of lumber for around $200 about two years ago.

It is made up of ½" black iron pipe for shelves and 4x4x10' lumber for the uprights. As an added bonus, it also features sheet stock storage behind it.

The unit is an A-frame affair that partially leans on a wall. It is scalable so you can decide how long you want to make it. The design allows easy sorting and browsing of lumber from the side.

rack details

Lumber Rack Details

  • Upright is 4"x4" lumber appropriate length for building height.
  • Uprights are spaced so as to hit studs in wall. A 6" lag screw is driven through top of each post and into stud (drill pilot holes).
  • Shelves are ½" black iron gas pipe (have cut at local supplier to 15"-18"). Shelf bottom plate is pressure treated (if on concrete) and is anchored to floor via anchors. You may also fit PVC pipe over top of black iron piping to prevent marring lumber.
  • Layout shown is for side wall (wall supporting truss). If this is built on adjacent wall, turn top plate 90° and secure top plate to wall instead of ceiling.
  • Drill perpendicularly into uprights to receive gas pipe. Suggest a 6" hole spacing pattern for maximum flexibility. Space bottom shelf holes close to floor for maximum storage.
  • Horizontal shelf behind rack is for plywood storage. t is not necessary to support shelf.
  • On the uprights, a 10° angle is used to help center load over bottom plate, and to limit stress on wall. The angle was selected because it was center of gravity for a nine foot high shelf.
  • Shelf can be installed over drywall, or on bare studs.
  • Eight of these units spaced 16" apart can store 12' lumber. Use more or fewer units as needed. Spacing is then close enough to sticker and stack lumber for drying. Also great for storing dried project lumber.
  • Recommend uprights are cut to length individually to accommodate uneven floors…while in place, use chalk line to lay out pipe holes.

I'd say it is about as good as one can do for the money, and is as strong as all but a welded steel solution.

. . . Grant Smith

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