Introduction: Flexible Mobile Lumber Storage Rack Using Pallets
I like wood projects, but my garage was filled with boxes, buckets and precariously tilting stacks of wood that were hard to get to. I needed a storage rack. I was inspired by this plan:
but I wanted a more flexible higher capacity mobile design that could change with my needs. Also why not do it using recycled free pallets!
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Step 1: Lucky Pallet Find
A local shipping company had a pile of random pallets. I was lucky to find this good quality 4'x8' with a smooth pressboard top as well as other large 4'x8' pallets. I decided to cut it to 4'x6' and added 4 wheels (from harbor freight) to the corners. I later added 2 more wheels to prevent bowing in the middle stringer, as well as upgrading them to 275lb for each.
Step 2: Split A-frames
I decided to split the original A-frame design into two "L" frames made out of 2"x4" beams scavenged from pallets and attached using wood screws. The vertical is 51" high and bottom is 14" wide which is approximately 15 degrees diagonal. I added a top, bottom and diagonal braces.
Step 3: 3/4" Box Rests
Using a 3/4" forstner drill but, I made 3 holes up each L frame. I bought 18 feet of 3/4" pipe from the hardware store and cut to 1 foot lengths and sanded the sharp edges.
Step 4: Wood Storage Boxes
Some of the pallets had boards 9" wide and others 3.5" and 5". Using a combination of boards I made 6 boxes about 51" wide with a pneumatic stapler and 1.5" staples.
Each box holds different types of wood: pressure treated, 2"x4", oak, moulding, small plywood, scraps.
Step 5: Miscellaneous Storage
There is 2 feet of storage space on the back of the pallet which I attached a clamp rack, router table, buckets for round things, and other tall items. With time, I might add shelves or an additional box on each side.
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