Originally Posted by chinadog
Question though. Anyone have a system for storing lumber? I have some brackets I built, but looking for something a little more professional than I've done. Haven't had a chance to do any research.
I have a roll-around rack on which I store plywood, MDF and other sheet goods. It is always right on the ragged edge of being overloaded.
For solid wood, I have a couple of different storage areas. Most of it is stored high on the wall on standard Rubbermaid-type shelving from one of the big box stores. Stuff like this:
I have three 10' long x 21"-ish deep rubber-coated wire shelves, with each shelf supported by four brackets (32" OC). The shelves occupy the top 3' of that wall of the shop. This is where I keep the stuff that I'm not going to use right away -- mostly stock left over from prior projects and individual boards I found by accident and thought were too cool to pass up. Each shelf bracket might be carrying a 50-lb load, with each shelf standard carrying 150-lbs, all well within the capacity claimed by the manufacturer. I've had the shelves up there for more than five years with nary a problem. The wire shelving makes it very easy and convenient to store pieces that are too short to span the distance between the shelf supports.
When I add more long-term storage (which I eventually will), I will probably use garage ceiling storage shelves like this:
For wood that is destined for use on whatever project I'm currently working on, I have played with different storage solutions over the years. Right now, I store this vertically against a wall. Vertical storage makes it very easy to view all of the boards and pick out individual boards. As long as it is stacked thoughtfully and doesn't stay there too long, I have found that the boards stay about as straight as they were when I brought them home. Horizontal storage on shelves would be better for the wood but I just can't spare the wall space at a height that would allow easy access to the wood.