Spare stock storage? Hang it all!
I'm an avid woodworker operating in a space-challenged basement shop. Material storage continually has been a problem, especially for long boards. I've tried many different storage systems, but the boards I want always seem to get buried. Out of necessity, I came up with the storage system shown here. Besides offering equal access to all stored boards, the racks function like stickers by allowing air to circulate equally around the boards so they acclimate to my shop.
To make a set of racks, cut 8"-wide parts from 3⁄4 " plywood. To store 3⁄4 "-thick stock, drill a series of 1" holes, with centers 2" apart. For thicker boards, reserve some space for 11⁄2 "-diameter holes, centered 3" apart. (As shown, a 48" long rack will hold sixteen 4/4 boards and three 6/4 boards.)
Lay out the slots of the rack by extending two 20° lines out from each hole with a sliding bevel, and then cut out the slots with a bandsaw or jigsaw. For wall mounting, add a 11⁄2 " cleat alongside each rack, or simply suspend the racks by screwing them to the side of ceiling/floor joists.
—Larry Courtois, Imperial, Mo.