I built a lumber rack one morning – Now I have a lumber problem
They say that accepting you have a problem is the first step to overcoming it. Well, I was forced to accept that I have a problem yesterday afternoon. In the morning, I built a lumber rack in my basement, which is separated by a wall from shop. In the afternoon, I loaded it up with all of my long boards (I did the shorts this morning). It was the first time I had seen it all in one place. And it hit me: I have a lot of lumber. There’s a 14 in. wide piece of 8/4 ash that’s the color of butter. And there’s 3 pieces of 8/4 air-dried ash that I paid $1 per bd. ft. for. There’s a nice piece of 8/4 walnut. There’s some box elder boards I bought from John Tetreault (who works for FWW). There’s some madrone, quite a bit of cherry, some cuban mahogany, and a piece of 14 in. wide 4/4 Sipo (a relative of mahogany). And then there’s the white pine. I have about 4 or 5 8/4 pieces and another 4 4/4 pieces. They are all around 20 in. wide. Why do I have all that lumber? Because it was nice and I couldn’t resist buying it. (And I just got off the phone with a local guy who has air-dried cherry and walnut in his yard). I can’t say no to nice lumber. So, yes, I have a problem buying lumber I have no immediate plans for. But I don’t think I’ll do anything about (until my wife tells me to, I guess). And, oh, I guess I should also tell you about the shelving unit i have on the opposite wall. It’s full of “special” shorts: tremendously figured quartersawn white oak, a big hunk of 12/4 cherry that’s probably about 50 years old (and it is crazy dense heavy), English elm, Claro walnut, and various figured maples.
Now, let me tell you abuot the rack. My lumber had been stored on a rolling platform in my shop, and a few other random places. The problem with the cart was that it was hard to sort through all of the stacked lumber. I hated stacking and restacking it anytime I needed something. Plus, I wanted to free up the floor space. (I need somewhere to put my new snow blower. Yes, I have a new one, so if you live in New England you can thank me for the small amount of snow we’ve had this year.)
We recently replaced the furnace and hot water heater and that freed up a lot of space in the basement, so I decided to build a rack in there. It’s really quite simple. I screwed a 2×6 to the floor joists above and then made some angled brackets (plywood and 2×4) that screw to the 2×6. There is a plywood gusset on both sides of the 2×4 arm. There are three levels of those brackets. And they’re 24 in. wide. I was very easy to make. It took just a few hours. It works great and makes it much easier to access my lumber. And that really leads me to the most important question: What will I build next? There’s that bow front wall cabinet I’ve been wanting to make. Should I make it from ash and madrone? Or box elder and apple? Decisions.
Easy lumber rack. The vertical supports are anchored into the floor joists above. The brackets are made from two plywood gussets and a length of 2x4.
Loaded. This is nearly all the lumber I have now. But I'm hunting down some local cherry and walnut as I write this.