DIY Outdoor Lumber Rack for Tight Spaces, Part 1

hey everybody I'm Tommy today's video is gonna be part 1 of how I built my outdoor lumber storage shed that is compact enough to fit inside a very narrow side yard yet it's long enough to let you store full 8 foot length pieces of material while also giving you lots of options for easily organizing and storing smaller pieces as well whether it's your first time here or even if you've been here before welcome to one minute workbench [Music] I have a very narrow side yard on one side of my house and a few years ago I built a lumber rack on that side over the years I've seen the shortcomings of my original design the original design was just basically a few wide shelves that would get covered with a tarp the problem with a few wide shelves is that you end up stacking materials so deep that it's difficult to even know what's on the rack let alone access it having it so wide also makes it difficult to walk around and that makes it difficult to add or remove material the problem with using a tarp to protect the lumber is that plastic tarps even the more expensive ones with higher UV ratings tend to break down fairly quickly when exposed to the Sun so a lot of your lumber gets wrecked in just a few months time with the relatively poor performance of the first lumber rack in mind I set out to design a new one that would be better in every possible way and I wanted it to look nice as well so the main criteria for building a new lumber rack was this number one it needed to hold the lumber in a very organized and easily accessible way number two it needed to shield the lumber 100% from the Sun and rain and number three it needed to be very strong and built with materials that would last a very long time when exposed directly to the elements so I came up with this design the only problem with this design was that in order to have a rack this narrow yet long enough to hold full-length pieces of lumber was that building doors for it was going to be more difficult now you could say that you could easily add a small door at one end of the rack while that method would work for longer pieces of lumber it would not work very well for storing or accessing shorter pieces of lumber that said to close up the main opening I decided to use a heavy-duty cotton canvas this would provide an easy way to cover the opening without having to worry about it shedding plastic particles this is an extremely easy project as far as cutting goes almost all the cuts are just simple straight cuts on everyday stock like two by fours two by sixes in plywood there are some angle cuts however they're also very simple because they don't actually need to be perfect as long as they're pretty close they'll be okay with my two by fours and two by sixes cut to size I started cutting the plywood panels I used oh s B for this project because it's dirt cheap a full sheet of OS b only costs about $10 some people will tell you that you can't use OS B for an exterior application however that's not actually true OS B is rated for exterior use as long as it is thoroughly painted with an approved exterior grade paint when I was done cutting the plywood I started working on a jig to help me drill holes at an angle this is to hold pieces of conduit that will hold the lumber and all of this will make sense in just a little bit here to build the jig I just used some small scraps I had on hand and didn't actually have to make any new cuts at all I built the jig using screws instead of glue so it would go together faster and in case something didn't work out right I'd be able to easily disassemble it the most important aspect of this jig is that it would be perfectly square so that all the angled holes I drill will be oriented perfectly in line with the center of each board since I was going to be drilling holes in two by sixes I used a scrap piece of 2 by 6 to test out the jig I took my time clamping the jig to the drill press and setting the depth so that the holes would be deep enough to securely hold each piece of conduit but not too deep that way the board's would maintain their structural integrity everything was looking good on the test piece so I move forward with drilling the rest of the holes I drew my marks as precisely as I could on each board so that the pieces of conduit would align as perfectly with each other as possible again the jig helps drill these holes at a slight angle and that's just to ensure the pieces of lumber that are stored on the rack won't slip off easily I drilled many of the holes just using the jig to hold the board in place but near the end of each board I needed to use clamps to counteract the leverage produced by the length of the board extending so far off the drill press table drilling the holes was pretty much the last cutting task for all of the pieces of lumber on the job I had all of my pieces of plywood cut to size and shape and as well I had all of my two by fours and two by sixes cut to their specified lengths it was now time to start building the main frames of the shed I needed to build the base the back wall and the side walls to help me build these frames I started laying out marks where the upright studs would be located I then transferred those marks all the way around each Ward so that no matter which side of the board was visible I'd always know where each stud was supposed to be located I then used a crayon to draw a big red X at each stud location so the marks would be easier to see I used a framing nailer to build these frames but if you don't have a framing nailer using a good old fashioned hammer wouldn't actually be too bad this is a pretty small project from a framing perspective and could still be done pretty quickly with an old-fashioned approach after building the base frame i built the two side walls and then moved on to the back wall which is the part that will actually hold the lumber if you build one of these make sure you install the boards so that the angle of the holes are all going in the same direction and will hold the lumber slightly tilted upwards I decided to pre-paint all of the components of the shed in my garage before moving outside this just makes it faster and easier to paint without having to worry about the wind blowing drop cloths around or spilling pain outside I still have to come back and touch up the paint after the shed is built but it'll be much easier with the bulk of the painting already done another reason to paint inside is that the OSB needs to be very thoroughly painted all the way around if I want it to last in this exterior application as you see here I'm adding the floor to the base of the shed I made sure to square up the corners before nailing the floor of the shed in place the plywood is actually what keeps the frames square this is true for the floor and all of the walls you may also notice that the top side isn't painted yet we'll come back to why this is the case a little later on in part 2 I had a specific color scheme in mind and for some of the pieces that weren't going to be visible I just used whatever color paint I had on hand that was of a good exterior grade you'll see how these colors all play out during the construction of the shed with all of the paint drying I started working on removing the old lumber rack and prepping the area for the new shed the old lumber rack put up a good fight but not anything my old framing hammer couldn't take care of with the old rack out of the way I brought in the blocks that the new one would sit on I measured out the area and started setting the blocks in place I just worked the ground beneath each one to make sure it was level with itself and then used my level in combination with a five-foot straight edge to make sure the blocks were all leveled with each other I could have tied off some string to set the level of these blocks but it was a small enough job that it could be done pretty quickly just using the straight edge method I was pretty much prepped for the final construction of the shed and that's going to be the subject of the second video as you can see from this animation in the second video I'm basically just gonna put together those pre-built frames add the plywood the roof some decorative trim the lumber supports and then finally the canvas again be sure to check out part two to see how it all comes together and thanks for watching I really hope you enjoyed this first part if you haven't already be sure to LIKE and subscribe and make sure you hit the bell icon so you get notified every time there's a new episode I'd love to hear what you think in the comments section below and if you have any quick questions you want answered hit me up on Instagram Facebook or Twitter and until the next time I see you I hope you have fun building something

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