Not sure I’ve seen a good answer to this in my (somewhat limited) searching. I have about 4500 board feet of mixed species, various widths, lengths and thicknesses, sitting both in my basement (heated and conditioned space) and in a semi-trailer (basically enclosed but unconditioned storage). I need to put this all into a shed I have just built, and consolidate it as much as I can. The shed is unheated, pretty much unventilated, and has a concrete floor. I need to come up with some sort of very heavy-duty lumber storage system, freestanding if possible, that will handle a large and heavy quantity of wood. Vertical storage is not an option I’m considering. I have a freestanding wood rack in my basement that has about 1500 board feet on it, and it’s made from glued and bolted 2x dimension lumber, mostly 2×6 and 2×8, and that is twisted and warped from the sheer weight of the lumber.
I have looked into pallet racking (HD/Lowes type) but the diagonal braces or struts will interfere with end-loading the rack. Can anybody think of a better idea? I do have access to raw steel and a good welder, if building something heavy enough would work. I don’t really need adjustability either, but I don’t want to space shelves more than about 16″ apart because I have such a wide variety of lumber that I’d rather not have to unload a whole shelf just to get to one board. I can really only keep about 200 bf in my basement before it gets to taking up too much space.