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    Default building a firewood storage rack. questions

    I want to build a firewood rack and need to know what material dimensions would be acceptable. I don't have a fancy CAD program so I made a "sketch" in PhotoShop- go ahead and have a free chuckle. I hope I have given enough information to fetch an answer? I may choose to make a couple 4' wide units instead. This will probably end up being heavy if it's 7' wide?

    I refuse to buy a bolt together POS from Home Depot when I own MM140- even if it's $500 in labor.

    Is 1.5" x 1.5" square A513 tubing overkill or inadequate? What wall thickness will suffice? Am I WAY off base in materials selection?

    I got a rough idea of materials cost by getting an online quote from metalsdepot.com. Metals Supermarket will likely be my supplier and I haven't a clue about what they'll charge for this type of material- they're website is a bit shy of functional?
    A513 Steel Structural Square Tube 1-1/2 X 1-1/2 X 16GA (.065 wall) 48' = $93
    A513 Steel Structural Square Tube 1-1/2 X 1-1/2 X 14 GA (.083 wall) 48' = $118
    A513 Steel Structural Square Tube 1-1/2 X 1-1/2 X 11 GA (.120 wall) 48' = $136

    Last edited by Johnny; 11-01-2009 at 08:45 AM.
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    Cool

    I would look for a metal supplier thats close...Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by aametalmaster View Post
    I would look for a metal supplier thats close...Bob
    Metal Supermarkets is 17miles one-way and I am OK with that.

    Thanks.
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    Is this going outside? if so you may want to put something under the feet so it doesn't sink.

    Looks good. If outside are you going to cover it?
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    It's going outside. I'll probably add material to the legs so it dosen't dig into my concrete patio.

    It will be covered with a lightly customized blue tarp. I sew better than I weld.

    another top notch sketch... with skids added
    Last edited by Johnny; 11-01-2009 at 09:05 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnjind View Post
    Is this going outside? if so you may want to put something under the feet so it doesn't sink.

    Looks good. If outside are you going to cover it?
    Forgot my manners. Thank You!
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    Youre going to have a lot of weight 7 feet high with only a 14 inch footprint. To keep from having it fall over on the neighbors poodle, Id make it longer and not as tall. If youre dealing with a confined space bolt it to the garage wall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyingpig View Post
    Youre going to have a lot of weight 7 feet high with only a 14 inch footprint. To keep from having it fall over on the neighbors poodle, Id make it longer and not as tall. If youre dealing with a confined space bolt it to the garage wall.
    Thank You. a 14" footprint is very skimpy, re-think due. As of this moment it'll be 5'high and 7' wide. I'll increase the feet to 18" perhaps though it will create a trip hazard, at least for me.
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    As a point of reference, Metals Depot's prices are ridiculous.

    1"x1"x24' 16ga from them is $23. My price for a 20' length in Los Angeles (where things ain't exactly cheap) is only $6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny View Post
    Metal Supermarkets is 17miles one-way and I am OK with that.
    either you won the lottery or have goat pictures of the local m.s. manager

    seriously -- for any non-trivial amount of material, find a steel service
    center/dealer/...er. the price difference is major.

    s to your design -- i built one about the same -- except that it was not
    as long and i did not put the stretchers along the top. it works well.
    you _might_ want to consider putting only 1 such stretcher along the top.
    it would make it easier to load/unload the rack.

    good luck
    post pictures.

    frank

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