Your lumber storage area will spell the future of brightness or doom for your lumber. It is very important to get a storage area that will address all your needs without costing you too much to maintain. Here are the steps in making a lumber storage area that will help you put all of your lumber projects at ease:
- Make a lumber inventory including your working inventory. The lumber storage must perfectly match your lumber storage needs. How much lumber do you need to store in a week or month? How much elbow room is needed for you to safely ship them out of the lumber rack, if ever? What kinds of lumber will you be storing and how do you plan to segregate them? Answers to these questions will enable you to identify specifically what best lumber storage mode that will fit your specific needs.
- Pick a sweet spot for your lumber in your property. The sweet spot must be high enough to be free from the reach of children and land animals, but low enough for your reach. It must also be safe enough that it will not run the risk of hitting your head or your visitors when they come to your place. It must be spacious for transporting lumber, with a proper passageway.
- Decide on the lumber storage material for use. Kiln dried lumber is often a
popular choice for making the right lumber rack. Make sure that the lumber you will use for the storage rack is much better than the quality of the lumber you will be placing on it.
- Plan your storage rack appearance and shape it accordingly. Do you want a simple single rack where you put everything together? Or do you prefer something with layers in it to help you classify your wood? It is best to place your lumber vertically to prevent them from rolling, so measure the dimensions of the number of wood pieces you can place in your rack properly and match it with the dimensions in your property.
- While detached, do as much as you can in making the storage into a single unit. All the hammering and shaping of the rack is to be done while it is not yet attached to your ground or property. Make it as ready to carry and as a single unit to prevent hassles.
- Provide additional features if necessary to your needs. A pocket for tools or a compartment for additional stuff for your lumber may be in order.
- Purchase the appropriate bolts and locks for fastening your lumber storage rack. Drill the holes in the strategic corner locations and then find the bolt that perfectly fits the holes you have made. If in doubt, consult your hardware expert for details on which bolts will best hold the weight of your wood.
- Anticipate wood threats and deal with them accordingly. Termites are just one of the many threats to your wood. Moisture is another. Make sure that your area is free from these elements or at least safeguarded.