The home workshop is usually organized chaos. Things are strewn on workbenches and the floor in a manner that only the shop user understands. This makes it difficult for another family member to locate things, can result in damage to materials, and can be a safety hazard. A flat storage rack keeps items off the floor so moisture cannot damage them. It also improves the safety and appearance of the home workshop.
You will need:
• 2 pieces of ¾-inch plywood
• 1 2×4-inch board
• 3 12-inch metal flanges
• 3 12-inch end caps
• 3 12-inch galvanized pipes
• ¼-inch carriage bolts
• Long screws
• Galvanized washer
• Stud finder
• Power screwdriver
• Right-angle drill
• Regular drill
Step 1: A metal rack is best installed on a wall covered with drywall. Screw each metal end cap onto the end of a galvanized pipe.
Step 2: With the stud finder, locate three wall studs and mark them with the pencil.
Step 3: Use long screws to screw the metal flanges into these three studs. With the square, ensure proper alignment after screwing in each of the flanges.
Step 4: Tighten each pipe into a flange.
Step 5: If the workshop features open studs, you can create a flat stock rack from wood. Gussets are attached to studs in this version.
Step 6: Cut the plywood pieces into equal sized triangles, creating six pieces. These will form each gusset.
Step 7: Cut the 2×4 so it fits between two triangles. When you cut the corner area, ensure that the board and triangles have the same orientation.
Step 8: Clamp one triangle piece on either side of a 2×4 piece and drill holes through the three pieces. Insert the carriage bolts and use a washer on the nut. Repeat this process with the other four triangles.
Step 9: Mount the storage rack by drilling between the studs with a right angle drill. Attach each gusset to its stud with a carriage bolt.