This step by step diy woodworking project is about storage rack plans. I have designed this project so that you can build it with minimal costs using 1×3 and 1×4 boards or even pallet wood. This is a multi purpose outdoor rack, as you can use it for storing firewood, as an umbrella stand, as a side table or as storage shelves for your workshop or garden tools. This is a beginner friendly project as it only requires some cuts and inserting a few screws. Moreover, you can easily adjust the size of the storage rack, so that it suits your needs. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Storage Rack Plans
Cut & Shopping Lists
- A – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 35″ long, 3 pieces – 19 1/2″ long 3xFRAME
- B – 10 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 21″ long 3xSHELF
- C – 12 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 36″ long SIDES
- 5 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8′
- 14 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 200 pieces of 1 1/4″ screws
- wood glue, stain/paint
How to build a wood storage rack
The first step of the project is to build the frames for the storage rack. Cut the components from 1×3 lumber at the dimensions shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes and but joint the components with 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws and add waterproof glue to the joints, for a more durable bond.
Attach 1×4 slats to the frames to create the shelves. Align the edges with attention and leave no gaps between the components. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the slats and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the frames. Repeat the process and make another two frames identical to this one.
However, you should remember that you can easily adjust the size of the rack so you can add even more shelves and make it taller.
After building the shelves, you need to attach the slats to the sides, in order to assemble everything together tightly. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws. Alternatively you can use 1 1/4″ brad nails and glue to assemble the rack.
Leave no gaps between the slats, align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are right-angled. Use a spirit level to make sure the sides are perfectly plumb.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-220 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project.
This rustic project is both easy to build and highly functional. The best part is that you can build it for free, if you use pallet wood. In addition, there are so many potential uses for this project, starting with a firewood rack up to an outdoor side table. You can also adjust the dimensions easily, so that the final piece it suits your needs easily.
This woodworking project was about storage rack plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.