How to Make DIY Lumber Storage in a Few Simple Steps

Are you looking for lumber storage ideas? We had nowhere to put smaller pieces of lumber but now we do with this DIY lumber storage rack. All it took was some wood and tools to make this! Here’s what we did:

Small lumber pieces

Tools and materials

  • 4x8 sheet of 3/4 inch plywood ($29)
  • 4-inch casters (optional)
  • Edge banding
  • Primer and paint
  • Wood glue
  • Gold corner brackets
  • Saw (to cut plywood)
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush or spray gun
Measuring and cutting plywood

1. Measured and cut plywood

We measured and marked the plywood according to our desired dimensions for the storage caddy. Common dimensions could be something like 2 feet wide by 4 feet long.

Plywood structure

We cut the plywood into the required pieces. We needed a bottom piece, two side pieces, and two end pieces. We used glue to stabilize the wood before attaching.

Attaching casters

2. Attached casters (optional)

If you want your storage caddy to be mobile like we did, then, attach the casters to the bottom of the plywood. Drill pilot holes and then screw the casters into place.

Adding edge banding
Applying the edge banding

3. Applied edge banding

The edge banding we applied to the exposed edges of the plywood gives it a finished look and protects the edges from wear and tear. We used an iron to adhere the edge banding to the edges of the plywood.

Priming the plywood
Painted the plywood

4. Primed and painted

We primed the entire surface of the plywood to prepare it for painting. We allowed the primer to dry completely according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Paint the storage caddy to match your workbench or any other desired color scheme. Apply multiple coats of paint as needed, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next.

Spraying the corner brackets gold

5. Sprayed corner brackets gold

We spray-painted the corner brackets gold for added them to the front for aesthetic appeal. If you do this, make sure to paint in a well-ventilated area and follow the instructions on the spray paint can.

Assembling the caddy
DIY lumber storage

6. Assembled the caddy

Once all the paint and finishes were dry, we assembled the storage caddy by attaching the side and end pieces to the bottom piece using screws. We reinforced the corners with the gold corner brackets for added stability but that’s optional.

After assembly, we inspected the storage caddy for any rough edges or imperfections. We sanded down any rough areas and touched up the paint as needed for a polished finish.

Finally, we placed our smaller lumber pieces or other items inside our DY lumber storage rack. One person commented that this could also be a great kid’s bookcase with books facing out!

DIY lumber storage

Following these steps, we created a functional and visually appealing storage caddy for our smaller lumber pieces. What do you think? Leave us a comment!

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