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How to build a Lumber Rack by Jon Peters

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-Home-by-Jon-Peters/312021729836 Check out our new website: http://jonpeters.com/ This lumber rack is a great space-saving addition to any wood shop or work space. This video shows you the design plans, materials, tools and tips needed to build your own.
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Don Mega (1 month ago)
superb design. even includes lateral forces handled by the 3 layers of wood in the wall. actually thinking of just putting boards on it and it'd act as a fine wall shelf too.
Poor Man's DIY (2 months ago)
This is a late response but just watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very elegant build. Great job.
Jon Peters (2 months ago)
Cool glad to hear it thanks
Sajid Rafique (3 months ago)
way too nice
chris hogan (4 months ago)
I really appreciate how intuitive some of this stuff is with your video. @9:23 it isn't what these measurements should be. It's what do these measurements need to accomplish. You look at it and you get what you need from looking at it. The ruler is just for a straight edge if you need it. :)
SpeedBuggy 054 (4 months ago)
VERY NICE!! With your blessing I would love to copy your design for this rack. I do not have any IPE wood but I’m sure I could find it locally somewhere with a little research. Keep up the great work, I really like a lot of your projects and I learn quite a bit from your videos/skills. Thank you!!
Jon Peters (4 months ago)
Sure that’s fantastic have a good build!
dlroto (7 months ago)
Nicely done
robert reid (9 months ago)
Where did you buy the white pencil and what do you call it?
robert reid (10 months ago)
What type of pencil is that? Looks like it show up very well on wood . Thanks Robert
Very good
LightGesture (1 year ago)
GREAT idea, though. I really like this, and I'm going to use this tomorrow if I get time for my lumber racks tomorrow morning! They'll be up high though, instead of traditional upper cabinets.. but I do think this is exactly something I'm looking for to have done, adjustable racks if necessary. :) Good stuff.
Soffi Yumna (1 year ago)
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RockwallCNC (1 year ago)
Dang that seemed like it was way more work than it really needed to be. It's a nice looking lumber rack and all, but there are much simpler and easier designs out there that do the same thing.
Rui Miguel (1 year ago)
Nice work :)
Jeremie Penalva (1 year ago)
How much pound can we put on?
Jon Peters (1 year ago)
I’m not sure, but three years later and so far so good
I like your teaching... Tks!
Tim Davey (1 year ago)
WOW Jon--amazing--my lumber rack is an old bookcase made with plywood from the big box store--nice job!!!!!!
Rayap Inject (1 year ago)
good job mr.
Rayap Inject (1 year ago)
good job mr.
ahmed ghom (1 year ago)
Very good
Jarlaxle Daerthe (1 year ago)
There's something really satisfying about watching those strips go in black and come out clean.
Steven W. (1 year ago)
I watched this video yesterday four or five times. Then I went out this morning and bought the lumber and built it. The design could not be more simple. All my lumber is finally off the floor after four years. Thanks for sharing.
Arseni Trifonov (1 year ago)
Very nice! Could you make a Star Wars bookshelf like this: https://youtu.be/vEuqQYGvW44?list=PLFd0q6WzgByeNOYDEp3ntPtrfi7YN-2Px It would be very interesting! to watch
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Billy Nolfe (1 year ago)
This is by far the best looking lumber rack that I have watched being built. Thanks for another great video Jon. Now I am going to start on my own rack.
sean christian (1 year ago)
Great video Jon! I need to make some of these soon in the shed I'm making. I have plenty of scrap plywood around and this is a great use of it. Love your channel- keep up the good work!
sean christian (1 year ago)
I also have a TON of salvaged poplar 2.5"x3.5"x8' beams (20+ beams). I might be able to use my router with a jig and chisel to knock out the square slot and add the rack parts? Hmm.
Jon Peters (1 year ago)
+sean haney Thank you Sean
HCAC BUILD (1 year ago)
I need to convince my wife I need a joiner, could I borrow your hammer?
toby Golding (1 year ago)
Starting to get organized
Ed Caffey (1 year ago)
Thanks for sharing. Great idea
lostintime86 (1 year ago)
Not trying to be mean and it's not just you. But the amount of money you and other people spend to build a scrap wood rack is crazy. And the time too. I would build one and post a video but there's no way I can justify the cost of a gopro.
zvelivis (1 year ago)
I used your design and made a rack for my basement shop. It works great.
Jack Conklin (1 year ago)
Hi John. I’m half way through building a lumber rack just like yours. I’m curious how long the arms are for supporting the lumber. Thank you sir. God bless.
Jack Conklin (1 year ago)
Thank you for a speedy reply sir. God bless you.
Jon Peters (1 year ago)
+Jack Conklin hi Jack , the arms are 12" from the rack and about 14 1/2 from the wall . Thanks
Tony bp (1 year ago)
You ate the best in explaining what you do. Plus, I love that red barn. You're a man of many talents. I've learned a great deal from you. Thank you for being there. I appreciate you very much. I'm from Florida, but looking to move back north. I miss it terribly.
Tony bp (1 year ago)
Jon, what kind of screws did you use to put the racks up? I have cinder blocks in my garage so I'm thinking of using tappon screws. What's your thought?
luis n (1 year ago)
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Jerry Williams (1 year ago)
I absolutely love this storage rack. I am remodeling my shop and think I will go with this one. After viewing dozens on Youtube, this is my favorite. I noticed that you did this video in 2014, any issues with the rack or anything you would have done different? Thanks for posting and thanks in advance for your reply.
Ryan MacIsaac (1 year ago)
I have a fair amount of MDF leftover from a project. Can somebody comment if this would work to build the rack out of?
Gino Asci (1 year ago)
that's a strong wood rack, that should last a life time. nice job. you said the the roller had 60 grit sand paper, is there a finer grit on the other roller to finish up with a smoother finish, or haven't you tried that? if you do, please post it, i'd like to know if it works. cheers !
Chad Visker (2 years ago)
Instead of using plywood, would using pine 1x3's for the whole thing that I have laying around be strong enough for this?
G.Work.Specials (1 year ago)
Chad Visker yes
Jake Schisler (2 years ago)
That's the best plan I've seen for shelf racking
justgivemethetruth (2 years ago)
When I do not want screws to collide, I just sink then diagnonally one way on one side and diagonally the other way on the other side.
Ben Moeller (2 years ago)
Must be nice to have such an abundance of Kreg screws that you can use them to laminate plywood together...
Mark Burrs (2 years ago)
Thanks for the inspiration! I used your design but used black walnut as the center for the verticals as well. They turned out gorgeous. My wife and friends have commented on how nice they look but kind of look at me funny when I tell them it is maple and black walnut. My shop is my relaxing place and I like things to look nice. Thanks again!
Jon Peters (2 years ago)
Thanks Mark...must look nice with the black walnut
Jason Perry (2 years ago)
lol just noticed that the 2x4 you used at the start of the video was made by Roseburg forest products. awesome to actually see a product that I have had a hand in producing be used in your channel. big fan of your videos!
Jon Peters (2 years ago)
Thanks for sharing Jason....good connection
Gleb Arshinov (2 years ago)
Great. But are they rather strong?
Mark Burrs (2 years ago)
The design is rock solid!
Jon Peters (2 years ago)
Thanks...they're really sturdy
Wm. Walker Co. (2 years ago)
Hey Jon, I'm doing a shop reorganization right now. Do you still like your rack two years later? Anything you'd change? Thanks and keep up the great work!
signmeupruss (2 years ago)
Thanks, Jon.
Jim (2 years ago)
I just found your channel and I find your work informative and inspiring. I like that quality is a priority for you. I will be tuned in for future videos while I watch many of you existing ones. I will also be creating some of the projects you have shown us. This one for example.
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Stefana McLean (2 years ago)
Renata was the one so adamant I lookup Woody Hyezmar in the internet. It's got quite a few good plans in there I had to admit.
kenarein93 (3 years ago)
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A. Random (3 years ago)
Good looking rack
A W LEMNER (3 years ago)
Hello Mr. Peters, I am very impressed with your knowledge and attention to detail. I just watched your video on the lumber racks. At the very end you show the drum sanders and talk about the paint accumulation in the grit. I use rubber belt cleaning sticks to unclog my sanders to get maximum life from the grit. I purchase them at the local lumber yard and tool shop (they may be gotten at a Home Building Center as well?). They are long, rectangular, and work like a pencil eraser.
Sajid Rafique (3 years ago)
Antonio Cepaj (3 years ago)
nice job, but how much weight can it hold on one rack?
Sally Smith (3 years ago)
Brilliant!  I needed this tomorrow. Also LOVE your barn :)
muito bom, parabens.
Luke Merryweather (3 years ago)
Chris R (3 years ago)
i really, really, really, REALLY wish people would stop adding the prefix 'pre' to words that don't need it, like the word 'drill.'  is that too much to ask?
Don Mega (1 month ago)
what about precum? it's cuming too, just not so much.
Don Mega (1 month ago)
"pre" is there as a reference to the fact it's done for the purpose of the screw, which is the ultimate objective. the drilling itself serves no purpose. so he's using predrilling not without a purpose here. were he to only drill a hole and leave it at that then he wouldn't say "predrill". there is nothing wrong about using a different word for what is for a different purpose, despite it looking the same to someone ignorant of his intent. that's one part how language works. someone can probably come up with better examples but let's just start that for example when you see someone looking at something you don't know whether they're looking or gazing, but they might have a more clear idea which one it is they are doing. or whether you're sleeping or meditating. looks the same to someone not knowing any better.
BUCKEY THE DOG (1 year ago)
No doubt, I'm really getting tired of your wife telling everyone that I prematurely ejaculated inside of her, i came inside her on purpose. It may have been quick but there was definitely nothing premature about it.
Mark Burrs (2 years ago)
Chris R You just devalued a great experience. Take it elsewhere.
Ian Johnson (2 years ago)
I always predrill before drilling, it helps with alighnment and to cut a cleaner hole. Predrilling is fantastic, predrilling is great, predrilling is the only way to drill. Is that enough "predrilling" for you? Seriously though, if it was just called "drilling" it would likely get confused with simply drilling the appropriate sized hole from the start. Predrilling and drilling need separation because they are separate concepts.
flatiron1969 (3 years ago)
Just curious if the glue is needed with all the nails and screws?
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Jon Peters (3 years ago)
+flatiron1969 The glue is just an extra precaution and it really helps seal things. You don't have to use it with all the nails and screws.
Marcos Lopez (3 years ago)
Es el mejor rack que he visto elegante y funcional diseño. He decidido fabricar el mio. Saludos
Recep Bulut (3 years ago)
Çok güzel dosttum
Mike Ribelin (4 years ago)
Nice job, made the rack into a piece of art!
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Thank you
Javier Ceballos (4 years ago)
muchas gracias me sirbio de mucha ayuda tu idea 
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Jon Peters (4 years ago)
I'm glad thank you
Mark Ash (4 years ago)
I've watched several of these lumber rack videos and this is my favorite. Provides the functionality plus looks rather elegant. Really like watching your videos, thank you for sharing. ☺
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Thank you Mark
DIY Apprentice (4 years ago)
I love your design. I just bought some Baltic Birch and Ipe to start building similar racks. I hope my saw blades survive :-)
DIY Apprentice (4 years ago)
One other thing to note in my case: Since I don't have a commercial sander or a thickness planer, I had to make 1/32" dado cuts in the two side pieces to get the Ipe to fit. It was about 1/16" thicker than the Baltic Birch.
DIY Apprentice (4 years ago)
+Jon Peters Art & Home What length Kreg screws did you use? They appear to be 1 1/2". Thanks.
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Thanks enjoy the project
Paul Rivet (4 years ago)
I was searching Youtube for ideas for a rack to help organize my shop and seen all types but this one looked the easiest to build so I took some measurements from your video and designed it to what works in my shop. I built it all from  3/4'' ply pieces that I had and it worked great, can't wait to get the other three built and on the wall, thanks for the idea
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Glad to hear it. thanks for the comment
goosecouple (4 years ago)
I really like this project.
DavieMac48 (4 years ago)
Great design and crafting as usual. If you're going to really load that thing up, you might think about replacing the sheet rock screws with plain steel ones. Sheet rock screws can break without warning, since they're hardened steel. Or so I've been told.
mk196a (4 years ago)
nice design and very simple to build.
Jack B (4 years ago)
Forgive me if I missed it, but what is the total length of the arm, and would you change anything if you made another rack. Great video and I am going to give it a try.
Rick McQuay (4 years ago)
Great design for a lumber rack. That ipe is hard stuff, my bandsaw hates it.
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Thanks Rick, sure is
Steve V (4 years ago)
This is the best DIY lumber rack I have seen, and I have been looking around for a while! Great informative video John - thanks! Looks real solid and like it can really handle a lot of weight. Can you let us know how much weight you think it can handle. I will definitely look at building this one in my garage here in Melbourne, Australia. Cheers.
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Cool Steve thanks, I'm not sure how much weight it can handle I still need to load it up with wood. I might make another video once it's loaded and talk about that. Cheers
John Fisher (4 years ago)
You're countersinking holes for screws that are flat bottomed-domed galvanised vanadium fixings, surely it would have been more appropriate to use countersink screws as the method supposes. Just an observation, otherwise a great job man.
legacyofbob (4 years ago)
Jon thanks for the great videos. I see that your gallery is in Red Bank, is that where your shop is as well? Where do you go for your hardwood lumber? Also, where do you get your square-drive wood screws as I have a hard time finding any in smaller lengths at big box stores. I live in Jackson so I'm not far from you. Again, I appreciate the time you put into these videos, they are great.
woodmaster (4 years ago)
Taper Jig would be of some help on the arm cuts,overall good design
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
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Harry Buurman (4 years ago)
Nice rack. Think I'll build one, but first I have to find a nice workshop ;-) Like the new music as well, suits your videos.
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
: )
Harry Buurman (4 years ago)
My girlfriend just told me 'Nice rack' van also be interpreted otherwise. We where laughing loud. But it wasnt meant that way. Sorry about that!
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Thanks Harry
Bryan Downs (4 years ago)
I enjoy your videos and like the quality of work. But, for some reason it drives me crazy when you pulse your impact driver when driving screws.
Umar Musa (4 years ago)
nice video Jon, appreciate the effort you put into these.
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Ed Tillman (4 years ago)
Dang, that the most beautiful lumber rack I have ever seen. I thought the "arms" were going to be removable at first, I'm glad they aren't. I do worry that the old paint on the interior surfaces will weaken the glue joint, but if you are okay with it, I will be too. 
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Thanks Ed
John Gragg (4 years ago)
Nice finishing touches with the taper and round over. I like the design.
Duc Phan (1 year ago)
does it serve a purpose or just for looks?
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Thanks John
John Gragg (4 years ago)
Nice finishing touches with the taper and round over. I like the design.
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Thanks John
Josianne Leduc (4 years ago)
As one would expect, good workmanship, as always. Worth mentioning tho, an other big leap in the quality of the video editing.
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Thanks Josianne really appreciate 
Phil Reynolds (4 years ago)
That is one highly engineered lumber rack
Barry Roberts (4 years ago)
Very Nice Lumber Rack Jon. Seen quite a few on youtube but this is one of the best. Cheers. Barry from England.
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
cool man, Thanks Barry
Glass Impressions (4 years ago)
Another great video!
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Thanks Andy
Gary Elder (4 years ago)
Nice rack, Jon LOL. That looks like it will hold a lot of lumber and yes, I had the same problem with sizes of lumber, but it will help regardless. Thanks  
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
: ) thanks Gary, yeah I've got a lot of short boards
Syahill Chik (4 years ago)
Great video as always.
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Philip Langsjoen (4 years ago)
That's a nice rack you've got there.
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
: ) thanks Phillip 
CodeFoxAu (4 years ago)
You seem to have a lot of stuff hanging off the wall studs. Can you make sure you have the camera running when the wall caves in please? ;)
CodeFoxAu (4 years ago)
True, that would have been a fantastic explosion to catch on camera ... shame ... it probably would have gone viral.
Josianne Leduc (4 years ago)
Has he misted the lightning crushing up his tree by 10 seconds last week. I wouldn't bet on it. 
NW (4 years ago)
Very nice job Jon! I bought my lumber racks because I caught them on sale, but I really like this design. Nicely done. :-)
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Jon Peters (4 years ago)
TheSageDad (4 years ago)
Although this isn't the first lumber rack on YouTube, it is certainly one of the nicest! What is the make/model of that sander, and how much do replacement rolls of sandpaper cost for it? I've never seen one of those in a home shop before.
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Thanks, I'll make a video about the sander for a tools and tips for tuesday show.
Ben Marsh (4 years ago)
It came up with a suggestion for a video of yours to watch. The log rack from 2011, how's that thing holding up now?
Bob (4 years ago)
Nice going Jon! I need a lumber rack in my shop so I am taking notes!
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
That's really cool man, thanks Bob
Bob (4 years ago)
+Jon Peters Art & Home Been a fan and subscriber for a while and love the vids, keep up the good work Jon.  I am from NJ as well and it is a nice to see a local (to the state) having such great vids.  - Bob
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
Thats great Bob, thanks for the comment and good luck the build.
Tenfdy (4 years ago)
is this a 4 sided bit (screw) you use? is this a standart in USA (or Canada; dont know where you are)?
Chris R (3 years ago)
+Tenfdy square drive are robertson screws.
Jeff B (3 years ago)
+Daniel Lewis Don't fall for this n&f spam guy. Don't need to believe me. Just google teds woodworking scam and read all about it from several sources and decide for yourself. You can also type the address he put with the word scam behind it. You will see.....
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
+Chris Bramell Yes they are Kreg screws 
Chris Bramell (4 years ago)
Looks like he was using Kreg screws square drive
FanteFinn (4 years ago)
I think it is pan head screws, the ones used in pocket holes.
Enrico Silvagni (4 years ago)
Yay for another video! Too bad is 3 a.m. here....tomorrow morning!
Jon Peters (4 years ago)
cool man thanks for the comment
andyman820 (4 years ago)
wow looks great!
Jon Peters (4 years ago)

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