A couple of weeks ago I picked up a Port a Mate lumber rack on clearance for $20.00 at a local Lowe’s. Even though at the time, redoing my lumber area wasn’t top on my list, the price of the rack (originally $70) was too good to pass up.
My lumber area was basically trashed and had been for several years. I’d clean it up every once in awhile, but it always ended up being a catch all for junk I had lying around. The shelves I used for storing lumber was made from 2×4’s I built from a plan I saw in Shop Notes years ago. They did the job for the most part, but it still wasn’t very organized for storing my lumber. My wife, Anita, was glad I bought the lumber rack because she was sick of looking at the mess.
After Anita helped me clean up the area, I bought some Dry Lock mold inhibitor paint and we painted both the back and side walls. Then we painted white latex paint on top of it. I moved the cabinet that stored my finishes over closer to my work bench and moved the shelving rack from the back wall to the side. This gave me room to store a full sheet of plywood if I ever needed. I didn’t want the lumber rack to hang off my block wall because I was afraid the added weight may damage the foundation so, I notched out 2×4’s at the top and screwed them to the floor joists. I let the 2×4’s “hang” from the floor joist, then screwed one screw at the bottom of the grey block using plastic wall anchors. I then simply screwed the lumber rack onto the 2×4’s.
As you can see, I use the just-in-time inventory system when it comes to buying lumber. I really don’t have that much lumber to begin with as I buy what I need every time I build something. Any remaining wood is scrap that I can never throw away. The biggest piece of lumber I have is a slab of 2″ thick cherry I bought a couple of years ago during the Longest Yard Sale. I’ve had plans to build something with it, just haven’t yet. Maybe now I will since I can finally get to the board.
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There were none to be found in my neck of the woods. Were they just sitting there when you were walking around or tucked away in one of the departments?
It depends on the Lowe’s. Some stores will have it, but some won’t. They will always be by the lumber aisle. I believe the Lowe’s item number is #459660. Call and ask if that is it and if they can find a store that has them in stock. Since they’re on clearance, it may be a crap shoot to drive to the store. Good luck.
I’m really wishing I had picked up a few of these when they were on sale. Looking good!
I bought two just in case I needed another one. I ended up returning it. Thanks!
I really need to build a cut off bin like yours. My shorts are everywhere.
Yeah, those are also built from plans from Shop Notes magazine. Super simple to build. Basically a box with cheap roller casters on them. Use them all the time.
I tried to email you about your shaker table but not sure if I used the right email?
I did receive it. I’ll email you back soon. Thanks