Quick and Easy Lumber Rack – Part 1
I work with a lot of antique and reclaimed lumber, which means I buy it when I come across it, not just when I need it for a project. This leads to the problem of where to store the lumber until I’m ready to use it.
When a neighbor took down an old barn last year and offered the beams to me, I knew exactly what I wanted (and needed) to build with them – a shed dedicated to lumber storage, right next to my shop.
Step 1: Excavate the site and remove earth from bank until you hit ledge.
Step 2: Remove tree from ledge.
Step 3: Clean off roots and dirt from ledge with pick-axe, shovel and high pressure water. Dig down below frost level until you hit ledge at footing locations.
Step 4: Bring concrete footing up to grade and then use rocks removed from bank to start walls.
Step 5: Continue rock walls vertically and attach to solid ledge with morter. Also start the back wall at this point.
Step 6: Continue back wall height and side walls, locking onto nooks and crannies of ledge with morter. Roughly check for square.
Step 7: Continue side walls vertically until level with back wall.
Step 8: Level two front walls to each other and cement in threaded rods, which will later lock down sills.
Step 9: Smooth out trap rock floor.
... and back view. Just a little more cement work to level off the back wall, add more threaded rods, and then it's time for the posts and beams...