5 Important Tips for Making a Lumber Rack

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This is 5 Important Tips for Making a Lumber Rack. In this post, I’ll show you several great tips to help you make the perfect lumber rack on your first try.

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Making a Lumber Rack

5-Important-Tips-for-Making-a-Lumber-RackA lumber rack is one of those projects that new woodworkers tend to make long after they actually need it. This is a utility project, and often times it’s difficult to appreciate the utility until long after your lumber is a complete mess in your shop.

Once things get out of control, it’s really easy to notice how nice it is to have a lumber rack and a lumber storage area in your shop. At that point, it’s time to figure out which type of storage is the best for you.

Coming up, I’ll show you several different things to consider when it comes time to create a lumber rack that will handle the mess and organize your wood storage. Incorporate some of these ideas when it comes time to design, and you’ll be happy that you did.

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What Kind of Projects You Make

The first thing to consider when making a lumber rack is the type of projects that you make. After all, the things that you build will influence the type of lumber that you buy.

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For example, if you make a lot of smaller lathe projects, the type and size of wood that you purchase is likely to be lots of smaller blocks. In contrast, if you are making cabinets, you probably have lots of sheet goods and longer pieces of hardwood.

The type of lumber storage that you need for these two different crafts is very different. That’s OK, it’s just a matter of knowing what you need before you start the design process.

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How Much Wood You Keep in Storage

Another thing to take a look at is how much wood you like to keep on hand. If you are a hobby maker, this can flex quite a bit depending on how big of an area you want to use for your rack.

If you are a professional, you may have enough orders coming in that you need to keep a slightly larger volume of wood on hand just to fill those orders in a timely manner. Again, that will change how your rack works, and how you’ll need to design it.

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Small Pieces or Big Pieces

Do you create most of your projects with big pieces of wood, or small pieces of wood? The difference in the way you have to store larger pieces versus smaller pieces will affect the way your rack performs.

For example, smaller pieces can be rolled around on a wooden cart with some casters on the bottom. It’s almost like having a rolling shelving unit. On the other hand, if you have large sheets, those tend to have a hard time being as mobile.

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Also, depending on if you store your sheets vertically or horizontally, and for how long, the shape and size of your rack is going to be significantly different.

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How Much Room You Have for the Rack

Another thing to consider is how much room you have for lumber storage. Take a look at your shop, and think about how much space you are willing to dedicate. Then, you’ll have a much easier time making a decision.

The size of the space will also dictate how you need to design your rack. For example, if you have a tall, narrow space, you’ll have to store your wood vertically in order to get it into that space.

In contrast, if you are using a longer wall for storage, you might be able to store the word horizontally, and create a rack that goes all the way to the ceiling.

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Make Your Rack Mobile

Finally, don’t think that you have to create a lumber rack that doesn’t move around. Your lumber rack doesn’t have to be a permanent storage location, especially if you design something that mobile, and put it on some nice casters.

Also, don’t think that because you use large sheet goods and bigger pieces of hardwood that you can’t have a mobile rack. There are tons of great designs online for sheet good carts that can easily be adapted to hold pieces of hardwood as well.

This way, you can get all of your wood into the rack, and then you can simply push the rack out of the way when you need more room in your shop. This means it doesn’t take up any real floor space, because it gets out of your way anytime you need it to.

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Your Action Assignment

Now that you know the different things you need to consider in order to make an effective lumber rack, it’s time to get out in your shop and take action. If your lumber storage is getting out of control, now is the time to tame that beast.

Start by assessing what you have, thinking about the area that you wish to condense it into, and then start making a plan. Take a look online for some great inspiration, and build yourself a lumber rack that you can be proud of.

If you have any questions about these five helpful tips for making a lumber rack for your shop, please post a question and I’ll be happy to answer them. Happy building

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