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
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11-01-2009, 07:23 AM #1
building a firewood storage rack. questions
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11-01-2009, 08:01 AM #2
I would look for a metal supplier thats close...BobBob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
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11-01-2009, 08:05 AM #3
11-01-2009, 08:54 AM #4Senior Member
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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?Tim Beeker,
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11-01-2009, 09:01 AM #5
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
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11-01-2009, 09:10 AM #6
11-01-2009, 10:27 AM #7Senior Member
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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.Who do you call when the lawmakers ignore the law?
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11-01-2009, 10:31 AM #8
11-01-2009, 02:26 PM #9
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.
11-01-2009, 02:36 PM #10Senior Member
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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.