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Winter 2013-2014

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Overhead Lumber Rack

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I like working in my basement shop, but the floor space is limited. So when it came time to put up a lumber rack, I screwed it to the ceiling because that’s the only space that was wide open. I designed the rack so it holds both long and short boards and installed it at a height that is convenient to reach but high enough so I don’t bean my head. 

 

I made my lumber rack out of 1x4s, 2x4s and 2x6s for a cost of about $20. I made three U-shaped frames by screwing the 2x4s to the 2x6s. Then I screwed these frames to the ceiling joists. I finished the rack by adding 1x4s to the bottom edge of the frames.