I am in a constant battle for space in my shop. You’re probably in the same shoes as me with this one. You have two or three projects going at once and begin to waste time moving stuff back and forth to try and get some room. This week I had enough with moving my lumber on and off of my sawhorses that I decided to make a much needed lumber rack. I should have done this a long time ago.
I contemplated using pallet wood to make this but in the end I chose the easy route, which was to use 2×4’s. The vertical pieces are 10″ long and the horizontal pieces are 13″ long. Because I chose to make 6 brackets I decided it would be quicker to use screws to clamp the joints together. Waiting around for the glue to dry in clamps just didn’t seem too fun. With the brackets glued up you could technically hang them as is but I wanted to make them a little less ugly. I trimmed the pieces down to 2″ thick and added some curves at the corners. I made sure to leave the full 3×3 half lap joint.
To attach the brackets to the wall I used a pocket hole along the top horizontal surface and pre drilled two holes in the vertical piece for 3″ screws. The longest pocket hole screw that I have is 2-1/2″. To give a little extra depth to the pocket hole I used a regular 3″ screw with a flat washer. This will stop the screw from going through the bracket. I spaced the brackets 32″ apart and screwed them directly into the studs. Before loading the rack I hung from one of top brackets without any movement. I weigh 180lbs so this system should hold dimensional lumber without any problems.