Sheet Goods Rack




About: YouTube content creator, wood worker, Diyer.

I had kicked around a few ideas when I decided that a lumber rack in place of the loft in the back corner of my shop would probably be the best plan. That spot in my shop is really too small for anything else and the loft that was there really wasn’t that practical.

I had already seen a few different plywood racks online and basically was gonna use that same idea and being that I had a Kreg pocket hole jig and a ton of 2.5″ screws left over from all the “farm style” tables I used to build, I figured this would be the route I’d take. I figured by using 8 foot 2×4’s and pocket screws I could simplify construction and keep the cost down as well. I also figured I could use the particle board from the loft to make the shelves for the side and top for more storage.

Step 1: Dimensions and Plans


Project Materials Needed:
(16) 2X4X8’

(1) 4X8X1/2” Plywood

Pocket Hole Jig

Jig Saw

Wood Glue

2 1/2” Screws

1 1/4” Screws

Plywood Cutting List:
One 4X8 Sheet 1/4” required

(3) 11”X48”

(1) 17 1/2X48

(1) 44X48

Wood cut list:

Cutting List: All 2X4X96
(6) Full Length Boards

(6) 2X4X48”

(7) 2X4X41”

(10) 2X4X17.5”

(16) 2X4X11”

Step 2: Making the Cuts and Pocket Holes.

I started out with 16 2×4’s and was able to make all my cuts out of them with very few leftovers.

The next step was to drill a lot of pocket holes. It’s a time consuming process with all the pocket holes, but it really simplifies construction and makes for fast assembly.

Step 3: Assembly

Once all the pocket holes were drilled it was time to start assembly. I started by assembling the three basic substructures first.

Next I added all the shelf supports and the top and bottom supports as well. I waited on the side supports until I had this thing upright and moved into position to try and keep the weight down some for ease of moving. I also anchored the rack to the wall in the two corners to try and help prevent any racking that may happen once it’s loaded with a lot of sheet goods.

Step 4: Watch the Video!

Watch the video to get a little better idea of how this thing is put together.

Step 5: Admire Your Handy Work!

Once your done you can sit back and admire your handy work. This is a fun and simple project that really fills a need in most wood working shops.



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    12 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Nice Job. I too am concerned with warping as we have extreme humidity here. However, based on your vid, I'll go vertical and clamp where necessary.

    I also like the cut table you made and will look for your ideas/plans here and on your website. I'm a hacker so traditional things like the kreg jig have escaped me but I'm looking into that now.

    Your workshop cleanliness and organization make me look bad. Am I right in that its a single car garage? What's your secret to dust ventilation? I'll check your stuff.


    1 reply

    The cut table is really simple, it's all dimensional lumber attached with pocket screws. The cross braces have the pocket holes and screw into the two long side pieces.

    I try and keep my shop as clean as possible, sometimes it's hard to do. It is a single car garage and I have a 1.5 hp dust collector and use a shop vac for the smaller tools. I also have plans to buy an air filtration box here soon.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Looks nice!
    I built a rack/shelf yesterday above my garage door---there was a 12" space between the rail and the ceiling. It's 9 1/2 feet wide by 8 feet long. Great for plywood and other sheet stuff.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    It is always a joy to see people being able to organise their workspace into a more efficient manner. As a tip, I would definitely recommend putting a solid floor to the bottom of the frame that the material sits on. It makes sliding the sheets back in much easier instead of having to constantly pivot it as your slide it in to stop it from hitting those joists. I'd also put some thin siding onto your scrap compartments too as pieces will always want to fall off the shelf. You can also stand the pieces up like the rest so you won't have to lift up a bunch of pieces to get to the one at the bottom.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I've found that standing sheet goods results in warped lumber very quickly. You may need to devise a method for pressing your sheet stock flat.

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Standing sheets this way is by far the most space-saving and easiest method in terms of pulling out material to store the wood. I've found that the warping issue is only an issue if the material is allow to slump in the first place. A full sheet of MDF under 9mm thick will bend if the gap that it's standing in is too wide. This can normally be solved by keeping all your thinner goods between two thicker sheets of 18mm plywood.


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    I've not had a problem so far and from what I've read this is a preferred method for storing sheet goods.

    Same, In my dads cabinet shop we store sheet goods the same way. A six foot wide rack split in to 1 foot wide sections. We've never had a problem with material warping or bending in there.