Shelving Hardware For Lumber Storage

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Managing the lumber supply can be a challenge in any woodshop, but it’s a problem worth solving. Otherwise, you end up misplacing boards and working around wood that’s stealing valuable floor space. Offcuts and other short pieces can often reside in boxes or barrels, but what about your longer stock? While shop-made lumber racks have always been popular, this storage assignment can also be handled by heavy-duty hardware. 


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The shelving systems featured here have what it takes to quickly put a bare wall to work, providing sturdy racks that will help keep your boards in order. Choosing the system that’s right for your shop will depend on the wall space you have available, your budget, and how much flexibility you need from the system. All of these systems feature steel standards (aka uprights) that must be anchored securely to the wall and brackets (shelf supports) that lock in place on the standards. The systems are easily expandable; you simply add more standards and brackets. WoodRiver HD Shelf System

 

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Installation & use: Don’t let the small size of this system put you off. It has some useful features. Use a single set of uprights and brackets if you have limited wall space. Need more storage? No problem. Uprights can interlock to make taller racks, as shown above. Cotter pin holes in the uprights enable you to adjust bracket height in 6" increments. I like the fact that the brackets are angled slightly upward, a feature that will help prevent narrow boards and warped stock from falling off the rack. But the system’s most useful feature is likely to be bracket pivoting ability. In just a few seconds, you can lift a bracket off its cotter pin support and pivot the bracket back against the wall, where the cotter pin will hold it in place. If you need temporary clearance in your shop for furniture, tools or other stuff, you can essentially “fold” all or part of your lumber rack against the wall.

Slotted standards offer adjustability & workbench capability For storage you can customize to suit your needs, these two systems let you order a la carte. Thanks to a good selection of components, you get the flexibility to handle all kinds of lumber storage, and more. Standards come in a different lengths, and their slotted design makes it easy to position support brackets exactly where you want them. Bracket choices are equally impressive, ranging from 10" to 18" for one system and 10" to 20" for another. Yes, those larger brackets have the length and strength to support a tabletop–a great option if you need another work surface but don’t want to build or buy a workbench.

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Don’t forget the fasteners None of these systems include fasteners for mounting standards on the wall. But you won’t have trouble finding lag screws or heavy-duty wood screws for installation. In a wood-framed wall, at least half the fastener’s total length should extend into the framing. For installation on a masonry wall, make sure to use masonry anchors with a load rating that’s comparable to what your storage system is rated to hold (see the capacity details given for each system). The spacing between each standard can be anywhere between 4' and 6', but it’s smart to stay closer to 4' so that short or thin boards don’t sag.

 

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