How to Build a Space-Saving Lumber Rack

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Wooden boards
Wood screws
Shelf brackets

A lumber rack is a useful and practical accessory for storing away your lumber. Apart from keeping the lumber organized, it will also be more easily accessible. It is fairly easy to build a lumber rack on your own. A crucial aspect to keep in mind is to try to design it in such a way that it stores the lumber efficiently, while taking up minimal space in the room. Here is a detailed description of how to complete this project.

Step 1 – Planning

Ideally you will place your lumber rack as near as possible to where the lumber will be used so as to avoid having to carry it a long distance. Decide the best area and calculate the space that is available, so as to plan the lumber rack’s dimensions accordingly. It is best to go for width and length, rather than height. You should also decide whether you are going to have a freestanding lumber rack, or whether you would like to mount it to a wall. For practical purposes it is often best to have the lower shelf of the rack at least at your knee’s height, so as not to put much strain on your back while you are lifting the lumber from it. Along the same line of thought, it is recommended that the highest shelf is not too high up.

Step 2 – Drawing a Sketch

Taking the above aspects into account, draw a sketch of your lumber rack. List the measurements depending on the dimensions you decided upon. It is best that you leave at least 12 inches between one shelf and another, so as to be better able to manipulate the lumber placing.

Step 3 – Cutting

Next, cut the boards according to the dimensions you require. Make sure to exercise caution and wear safety gloves and eyewear.

Step 4 – Sanding

Use a sandpaper to sand the boards so as to make them smoother, especially in the parts where you cut. Then wipe with a damp cloth to remove the dust particles and residue.

Step 5 –  Preparing the Holes for the Shelves

Next, you have to mark the points where the shelves will be hung. Measure on the rack’s back board, and mark accordingly. Then, using a drill make the holes onto the back board.

Step 6 – Making Holes in the Shelves

Now you have to make holes in the shelves so as to place them over the back board’s holes you prepared previously.

Step 7 – Attaching the Shelves

Place the lower shelf against the back board, aligning the holes in the process. Then attach the shelf in place by means of wood screws. Afterwards, attach shelf brackets at the base of each shelf, so as to provide added robustness. If the shelf is rather long, it is best that you place intermittent brackets, not just one on each side. Bear in mind that lumber is very heavy. Repeat this process for all the shelves.

Step 8 – Final Step

If the lumber rack is going to be freestanding, you have to attach a base to sustain the weight. It is better to have a solid base rather than legs.