Portable Lumber Rack


Scrap Lumber Rack

DIY Portable Lumber Rack Plans - Rogue Engineer

A few weeks ago opened the garage door and decided I had hit my boiling point with my scrap wood pile. Out of impulse I pulled it all out into the driveway and through together something quick to help organize it and this is how it turned out.

My Temporary Lumber Rack

I posted this lumber rack on Facebook and Instagram with the call to action that if enough folks wanted the plans I would put some together with my “I wish I would have done it this way” mods.

After building this rack I realized a few things I would have done differently had I taken the time to lay it out like I normally do. So here are the plans for how I wish I would have built it.

Lucky for all of us, Katie over at Addicted 2 DIY needed a lumber rack and was nice enough to not only take photos of the rack but she also put together a post, so make sure you head on over to check out her build photos! Enjoy!

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Simple Portable Lumber Rack Plans - Dimensions

Cut List

Simple Portable Lumber Rack Plans - Cut List

How to build a portable lumber rack

Simple Portable Lumber Rack Plans - Step 1
Simple Portable Lumber Rack Plans - Step 2
Simple Portable Lumber Rack Plans - Step 3
Simple Portable Lumber Rack Plans - Step 4

Questions? Comments?

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  • Max Hep

    Ok, my question may be silly, but do you store the wood vertically, or horizontally (like ur pic). Cuz if its vertically, dont I need a bottom shelf?

    • The wood should be stored horizontally on this rack Max.

    • Me


  • Amy

    Thank you so much for these plans! My excess lumber was totally getting out of control. I was able to put this cart together really quick. Total cost, including casters was $30. It is the perfect size and very easy to maneuver around.

    • No problem Amy! That’s great to hear. Thanks for the feedback.

  • Mark Cahill

    Made the portable rack and added a place to put small plywood pieces on the side. Cleaned up my workshop nice- no pile of scrap lumber.

    • What a great idea Mark! I’d love to see a photo of it if your willing to share.

  • I just finished building this rack! Thanks so much for the plans. It has cleared up a great deal of space in my garage and it’s easier to see what I have in stock. 🙂


    • That looks awesome Ashley! And it looks like its getting put to good use. Great post and thanks for sharing!

    • Reattaching photo that was removed:

  • Karen Isaacson

    You only need 6 studs to do this:
    2 cut into 65″, 18″ and 10″ pieces
    2 cut into 65″ and 21″ pieces
    2 cut into 33 1/2, 18″, 18″, and 18″ pieces

    It might be just a couple of bucks for a stud, but why make all that useless scrap? This cut makes for less waste.

  • Karen Isaacson

    revised cutting diagram

    • Reattaching photo that was removed

    • Peter Mann

      Many thanks for this plan. I have a lot of reclaimed pallet wood and have just finished a new garage and this rack is absolutely what I have been looking for. Starting build tomorrow.

  • Karen Isaacson

    Not all engineers work in aerospace… ; )

  • Rod Thomas

    Love the design, I made a couple minor changes, just wanted to share:
    The red area is 3/4″ ply to give a ‘bin’ to drop small cutoffs in, & to create a solid bottom to attach the three (yellow) 2×4’s. I came in 3″ from the edge and drilled a hole in the bottom & mounted a Tee nut. Used the router to cut a slot in the 2×4’s & used a star knob to fit the tee nuts. the blue strip is a 1×2.

    Loosen the 3 star knobs, slide the 2×4’s out to desired length & re-tighten. Stack flat material on edge using the 1×2 as a ‘toe’ to keep the plywood bottom in place. (I wouldn’t go more than 8-10″ for the slot to avoid causing tippage due to weight of ply)

    The last thing I did was put 2 lag eyes a few inches from the top (1 on each side) & attach a couple feet of small chain to each with a hook on 1 side, this secures the top of the ply.

    The whole purpose of the extra work was so i could move the ply holder in flush when not in use, to avoid knee knocking & tripping.


  • Ed Keogh

    Portable Lumber Rack

    I just built this today and it solves all my problems for dimensional lumber.. I know the plans stated 7 (2×4) were need I did mine with less than 6.

    Thank you for the great design

  • Ed Keogh

    I too just finished this project and it looks awesome, thanks for the detailed instructions. Below you can see before and after pics. Oh and I concur I only needed 5 1/2 boards at 8′ length