Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Texas Hill Country
Wood & lumber storage rack
-- This is a project I posted on Welding Web a couple of years ago --
I have a fire lit under my butt to get my shop completely built-out while I am physically capable, it seems like two weeks ago (it's actually going on six or seven years) the moving van was unloading my shop goodies into my brand new metal 30'x50' shop.
Long on my shop to-do list was to build a vertical wood and steel stock storage rack, so I finally got busy, cleaned up the shop, made some storage rack plans and bought a bunch of square tube from a welding shop.
The design criteria were to minimize the rack foot print, hopefully make the rack self-supporting (I really don't want to tie it in to the sidewall girt), provide support for lumber and steel up to about 12-14' long overall, 4x8 plywood and shorter wood/steel cutoffs.
The structure is 10' high and about 10' long with the bottom leg of the triangle at 30". The right triangle is 2" square tube with 3/16" wall. Support arms are 1 1/2" square tube (3/16" wall),rod and flat bar. Having all the steel the same thickness makes welding so much simpler. I probably could have used 1 1/2" square tube instead of the 2" but since I'm not a mechanical engineer, I erred on the overbuilt side.
After 2 /12 days of work, I'm almost finished with the rack. Tomorrow I hope to get the last horizontal storage arms welded on and then figure out how to raise it to upright. This dude is heavy so I need to get the tractor involved, I'm thinking I'm going to have make a boom out of square tube for the loader bucket since the bucket isn't long enough to reach over the structure to raise it - should be interesting.
John - WB5THT
2006 LJ, not stock