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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-27-2017, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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I need to build a large wood rack. It is going to be mounted in a garage on the side where I park my car. I need it not to stick out too far so I think wood is out.

I plan to use 1 1/2 inch steel tubing. I plan to make the arms 13 inches. I am going to use four 8 foot long vertical tubes with 6 arms sticking out. The first arm is going to be 4 feet high to allow plywood to be put on edge. The vertical tubes will be staggered so the first 2 will be closer than the rest to allow shorts boards to fit. This is all in my head right now so it will develop as I build it next week.

I am interested in any ideas.

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Its all about the weight you rack is going to need to support... good welds are a must..a bit of a upward lean for the shelves and most importantly securing the rack to the wall!!!
Plus... I"m not sure, but bare metal racks may tend to stain the bottom boards...

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I plan to paint the rack before mounting it to the wall. The wall is brick so I plan to use masonry screws plus one arm of each vertical post will be on the cement floor to help stabilize it. The floor arm will keep the plywood up off the floor. It will take about 70 feet of tubing. I hope the rack will hold a couple thousand pounds.

I will take lots of pictures. Do you want building pictures or just finished pictures?

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Folks always appreciate pics around here... might even inspire a few souls

I've been doing the same thing more or less lately. Trying to consolidate my roughsawn inventory. Its not that I dont' have enough space in the basement, I was taking up too much of what I have for the shop and wood!!!

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My racks take a pretty fair load, not sure just how heavy, but have had no problems with the racks being made of wood.
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I have no problem with wood. In fact I would like to use my new (old) floor Mortiser machine to build the rack I just bought. To get the kind of strength I need it would need to be made of 4x4 material which sticks out too far for me. Plus the bracing would eat up more top space giving me less wood storage. I have a wall which only has 14 inches to the side of the garage. Steel will give the strength in less stick out space. The steel will also cost less. But with that said I would use wood if I thought I could build what I need.
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Not happy with the idea of masonry screws, Lee. Can you run the verticals all the way from floor to ceiling? Anchoring securely at the floor and into the ceiling framing would be my first and only choice.
Mind you if the two ends were solid or 'H' framed so the unit could NOT pull out from the wall...
Another thing; having the shelving adjustable would also be non-negotiable for me.
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https://www.sjf.com/cantilever_rack.html
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I put a rack up in my shop about 20 years ago and it hasn't failed. I drilled holes at a 15 degree angle into 2X4's to accept 3/4 metal conduit and used lag screws to secure the 2X4 to the 2X4 wall studs. The conduit slips in and out so you can adjust as necessary.
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I just built a traditional wood lumber rack from 2 x 4s and it is plenty solid, yes the brackets take up some space, but that is where I store small stuff such as dowels and a few pieces of steel. If you are going to use only steel tubing welded then I hope you're a good welder, and I suggest using 3/16 or 1/4 wall tubing. If you use any thinner, I recommend using braces.
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