Stack and Saw Lumber on the Same Rack
Cantilevered arms and a built-in chopsaw table provide plenty of storage, easy access, and efficient crosscutting in a small space.
Synopsis: Efficient use of shop space was a priority for this author, so he designed a combination crosscutting table and lumber rack. The framework is lag-bolted to the studs in his shop and the arms that support the lumber are tapered for both strength and maximum storage. A miter saw is mounted on a tray that slides into place, but it’s removable for installation work.
Storing lumber effectively is a challenge in any shop, but it’s especially challenging in a small shop. When I designed my current lumber rack, the efficient use of space was a priority. I wanted my lumber to be accessible and close to the chopsaw, where I cut it to rough length. Gradually, I developed the notion of a combination crosscutting table and lumber rack. While I was at it, I decided to make the chopsaw easily removable so that I could take it to…