My Favourite Way to Store Wood in a Small Workshop – Woodworking Tips!

My Favourite Way to Store Wood in a Small Workshop – Woodworking Tips!

Today I’m giving you some tips for wood / lumber storage in a small workshop. I use the twin slot shelving system and find this works perfectly for my needs. Very strong, great flexibility to change things around and dead cheap. I’m also just back from Makers Central 2018 – what an amazing time!

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Twin slot shelving product links (UK):

Also mentioned, Anker vertical mouse: (UK) (UK)

Peter Millard:
Measuring Up Podcast:


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  1. Peter Schmidt on May 16, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for the tip. I’d been thinking of using something like these to hold lumber, but didn’t think they’d hold enough weight. Apparently about 40kg per pair. I’ve used them in the office/electronics bench and they’re great for that, especially if you don’t know what heights you actually want.

  2. Dustin Mitchell on May 16, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    I don’t see how he get anything done with how much he talks?

  3. Andrew Lowrey on May 16, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Six minutes in and still no mention of storing timber.

  4. Dusten Skinner on May 16, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Jesus Get To The Point Man

  5. K Johnson on May 16, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    No one wants to wait 7 minutes for anything bud

  6. The Canadian on May 16, 2022 at 7:27 pm


  7. D Z on May 16, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Awesome tip, thanks!

  8. C.F. aka on May 16, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Im with ya on the small workshop but thanks for the heads up on them shelving ideas

  9. Alan Mullock on May 16, 2022 at 7:32 pm


  10. Ben Jamin on May 16, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    I love twin slot shelving. One of the frist things I did in my shop was to stick a load of it around the top half of most of the walls. Now most stuff lives on that giving more floor space. And as you said, they can take a good bit of weight, so you can also put small machines on them too

  11. igorsetsfire on May 16, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    As for the RSI, I’ve had it & my mom’s been a physical therapist for 35 years and has treated a lot of people with these problems.

    First off, as the name suggests, the issues are caused by repetition of (small) motions for long times on end. As the name fails to mention, these motions are usually executed while having the wrong posture

    So apart from fixing your posture;

    1. Ditch the mouse, get a wacom pen tablet
    Any mouse that keeps your hand in the same position is bad for you. If you need to do detailed / fine work on a computer, get a Wacom pen tablet (an old Intuos 3 or 4, or "pro" they call it now, I think. They are very precise). It takes a couple days to get the hang of it, because you’re used to a mouse, but after that – using a mouse seems very unnatural.

    As for posture, you can find illustrations on how to sit and desk / chair heights and so on, but basically;

    2. If your posture is not right, or if you’re slumped over while working (to eye those details ;)), you’re cutting off circulation and your nerves to your arms and hands. This can cause permanent damage to both your nerves and vessels. And because you cut off the nerves, you don’t feel the problem at that time yet.

    You need to sit relaxed and straight, shoulders back but relaxed, arms need to be able to hang, while having your lower arms be at a 90 degree angle and reaching your keyboard or (mouse) pen tablet, legs forward a bit, with support underneath (not dangling, or having them on the foot of your chair – this causes you to lean forward and also to sit in a more tense manner)

    As for your hyperfocus;

    3. Take regular breaks. After every 25 minutes a 5 minute break (preferably) or 10 minutes after every 50 minutes.
    You use these breaks to do some exercises, to rekindle the flow to your arms and hands.
    There are apps / programs you can install on your computer that actually lock your computer so that you have to take these breaks. (They exist for a reason. You’re not the only one with hyperfocus ;))

    Understand that the longer the blood flow is cut off, the more likely it is that permanent nerve damage can occur over time… Up to the point of (partial) paralysis!
    As in; you could permanently lose the ability to do fine work (because your hand could start to shiver uncontrollably when trying to be precise, but not when doing tasks that don’t require as much precision – (this distinction can make it more difficult to see in advance that something is going very wrong, because it sneaks up)), or even something like ‘moving your arm upwards’ ( such a case, the nerve will be too damaged or even dead from the hours cutoff and lack of blood flow)

    Also, you can see a physical therapist about giving you tips on exercises in between work to loosen your arms, and about how to sit relaxed and straight.
    And you can look up some tutorials on how to adjust your desk setup

    Take this stuff seriously, man.

    If you don’t change the way you work behind your computer, you could permanently damage yourself.. More that a power tool will probably do to ya

    My mom has had a patient who lost 90% capability of his arms because of RSI (which she managed to bring back drastically to 30-40%), and I personally have a little tremor in my hand when trying to be precise (15 years after the problem occured), even though the exercises and changing the way I do sitting work have long cured my resulting tendonitis and have prevented it from coming back

    Anyways, that is all.
    A 2nd hand Wacom Intuos 3 or 4 – (A4 size – they have wide versions as well, as the touch area represents your screen. Corner of the touch area = corresponding corner of the screen.. It’s more logical than a mouse, really..) – shouldn’t set you back more than 60€ or $, and you can probably resell it for the same price if you don’t like it after trying it for a few weeks. So even if you don’t believe anything I wrote for some reason, there’s no financial hurdle to just try that (for starters)

    Hope this helps

  12. josepadron30 on May 16, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    It made me lazy just to listen to all his nonsense

  13. The Buff on May 16, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    You spent over 6 minutes just rambling…

  14. peathead on May 16, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Rsi: try using the mouse with your other hand. It’ll take some time to get used tonit (probably!), but your ‘normal hand’ will get the necessary rest.
    I’ve done so my self and I left the setting of the mouse just as it is. You’ll needvto get used to it anyway, so use your ‘wrong’ hand to the ‘right hand’ settings.

  15. Richard Hawkins on May 16, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on this racking. I had bought this stuff before in B&Q and it isn’t cheap – just looked on Amazon through your link and it’s a lot cheaper. I like this stuff because it’s strong but takes up no space. You don’t need 2" beams sticking out the wall or thick chunky brackets where you could be storing more wood!

  16. Shades Workshop on May 16, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Good stuff Andy. Ya can blame me for the 3am finish

  17. Chris Lee on May 16, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Andy. I’ve been using these twin slot brackets for all sorts of shelving projects for years. Unfortunately, no two manufacturers’ products are compatible, whether you just want the shelves or the brackets. Even bought two lots from Homebase two years apart which didn’t fit. They don’t fit by a few thousands of an inch and the mismatch can be anywhere on the bracket. Obviously if you buy from the same place, they’ll fit, but the issue comes when you want to add a shelf a few months down the line and can’t remember where you bought them from. The good news is that it doesn’t take much to alter the brackets to fit. Normally you need either to cut either the top or bottom slot deeper or wider, or file a few thou off the piece that engages with the upright, or spread the bracket lugs apart fractionally, or a combination of all three. Either way its a pfaff so only do this if you want to add a shelf and really can’t find a fitting part. Try taking a shelf bracket as a test fit with you when buying . Great vids and hope this helps.

  18. david osullivan on May 16, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Can’t believe they can hold that type of weight well I can I just saw it .nice one , my wood pile is the exact same but sometimes I find a nice piece that I totally forgot I had .i working a 12×8 so wood gets stash well everywhere

  19. limp_slinky on May 16, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks mate. I was looking on Amazon and I think this will be the cheapest and most efficient.

  20. BANDITS#9004 on May 16, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    you wasted 6:25 sec on the video but i do like the storage idea and i will make sure i try that but also do you have any idea how to store realy big peaces of wood in a small wood workshop

  21. Alex No Sheds on May 16, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Andy I think the sideyways mouse is your best bet- I work on the computer every day and had the same issue, in the end I bought a vertical mouse (made by Evoluent) and haven’t had a single twinge even since. Absolutely love it- vertical is great as it is a more natural pose for the hand to rest in.

    Also it’s so funny but I recently got the same rack system from Toolstation and as far as I remember the max weight per bracket is 220lbs (don’t quote me on that though…) mega easy to put up too. Great tip – thanks for sharing 🙂

  22. Jason Quinn on May 16, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    For anyone wondering when he’ll start talking about what the title of the video suggests, he stops rambling about unrelated topics around the 6:30 mark. Hope this eases somebody’s frustration. Cheers.

  23. almagill on May 16, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Brilliant weekend. Saw you in passing. Literally.
    I was driving a disability scooter about, passed you, realised why I thought "Hang on, I recognise him.." turned round and it was just a sea of blokes in black jackets and baseball caps 🙂

    Next time 🙂

  24. John Fithian-Franks on May 16, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Hi, I scored some of those when toys r us closed down, they were ripping it all out and filling a skip so I asked and was told take as much as you want, I filled my car twice and it did not make a dent in the amount they were scrapping. I hate waste like that, I asked and they weren’t even going to scrap them for metal, they were going to the tip for landfill, what a waste

  25. the green man on May 16, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    i had tennis elbow for months,which is damage to the tendons, rest didnt help, just prolonged it. my doc gave me anti inflamatories but they were too hard on the stomach.
    discovered castor oil on a youtube video,was a bit sceptical, but it was such a pain i gave it a go.
    put it on a compress and slap it on your arm, wrap in clingfilm to stop the thick gloopy oil ruining your clothes,cut the toe off an old sock and slide it over the clingfilm to keep it all on i sat for a week in the evening with this on my elbow, and a hot water bottle resting on it while i relaxed with tv, after a week it was 99% better.
    cant reccomend it enough.
    i use those brackets as well, they are bombproof ;0)

  26. 2011Maynard on May 16, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    What a waste of time…

  27. Nic Harvey on May 16, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    I use these already. Super easy and adaptable. However, not so cheap here in NZ! Lucky I get a discount on them.

  28. stevenpcc on May 16, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Just ordered some of these. Should hopefully send a few amazon pennies your way.

  29. David Foulds on May 16, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Sorry to tell you that if you carry on regardless, and have to like me, you are looking at 6 months not six weeks. I knakered my forearm/elbow first week of Jan, when I started the renovations on my daughter’s house, having to use an SDS drill for everything due to the stupidly hard bricks. Anyway, all I’ve done is strapped up my forearm whenever I’ve been working on the house. Incientally I’ve just used the twin slot system inside a built in cupboard. I got a load of it FOC from an office refurb while I was there installing the data cabling, I spotted a load of it destined for the skip, I had a word with the site manager and it ended up in my van.

  30. Smidge Does Stuff on May 16, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve had some recurring tendinitis in my elbow, even with my complete lack of playing tennis…What I have found to help it heal faster is by doing a wrist flexor stretch…hold arm straight, fold hand down while using other hand to apply gentle pressure down on the hand, then fold wrist up while pulling the finger tips back with the other hand. It helps stretch the muscles and tendons all down the arm. As with anything if it is too much discomfort, back off it a bit. Hope it helps

  31. Jack Marashlian on May 16, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    It is hard to comment as the video is about 13′ 40" and first 7 minutes had nothing to do with timber storage 2 minutes to show proprietary shelf then do not know what??? maybe better to have a short video to the point….

  32. Clara Liedle on May 16, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    🤔Start at 630 for the tip

  33. Na Nana on May 16, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you!

  34. The Northern Wood House on May 16, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    hi andy nothing to do with today but I have noticed when you drill a hole in a wall you use two plugs why is that ???? thanks nick

  35. Ron H on May 16, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Good info Andy. I know this is an older video….. how long did it take for your RSI take to heal? Do you still get the occasional issue with it?

  36. Keto4Life on May 16, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    I prefer to build it myself.

  37. Anon 005 on May 16, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Thumbs up just for his accent.

  38. Robert Amsbury on May 16, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Sold on the twin slots for storage. Can you do an affiliate link to the 370mm 10 pack of brackets?

  39. Connor Ashton-Noble on May 16, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks so much for this idea! Went out and bought all the stuff and fitted it in a day, so easy and sturdy!

  40. Newton’s Cradle. on May 16, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    They say never meet your heroes because you’ll be disappointed. I’m happy to say that’s not always true. You proved to be the exception to that rule. I was very pleased to meet you (with your entourage 😜) on the Saturday Andy. Acted like a proper stalker though didn’t I? Senior management (wife) said I was like an awestruck teenage girl meeting a pop star! Cheeky cow. I only wanted a selfie. Thanks for the keyring btw. Hope you enjoyed the beer! “Proper Job” seemed appropriate somehow. Snuck that in in my coat pockets then popped into the first carrier bag I could lay my hands on!
    All the best mate. Roll on next year. Malc

  41. Daniel Smith on May 16, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    I suffer with similar rsi, good move on getting the mouse, that helps a lot. Funny enough mine has really started kicking off again since woodworking over the last year, spent five years before that in front of a computer. I ended up paying an osteopath 50 quid I think, best money I spent! Good luck

  42. Ben Jamin on May 16, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    i find that in a small shop – it’s best not to be too organised. It’s more efficient to just put things where they fit. I have wood all over the place, because it’s all different sizes and if I put it in one place, it would take more space.

  43. I'll Do It Myself on May 16, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    after six minutes of rambling on we don’t get any video of installation or your planning or anything but just showing us the parts. Really not helpful.

  44. HJ2022 on May 16, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    This video could should not have taken more than 3 minutes max.

  45. Hans de Groot on May 16, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Very clever tip(s) on woodstorage. I should buy those double slotted brackets. I have only single slotted ones.
    I’m sorry to hear about you having tendonitis. I read all the comments and you received some excellent (I suppose)
    ways to linder the pain/have the problem disappeared.
    I had the same problem many years ago, too. i went to my my doctor who send me to an orthopedist. X-rays were made.
    "Here is the problem" the orthopedist said and pointed at the picture. "And this is what we’re going to do about it, if you agree."
    He took an injection syringe with cortison (I believe it was). "If I give it to you, then it will hurt the rest of the day. Don’t use your arm for a day or three. After that you can do everything what is necessary and without pain." I agreed. (what could I lose?)
    And it was exactly as the doctor told. 5 years or so without problems. Then it came back. Exactly at the same spot.
    But the orthopedist insisted on making a new X-ray. After having seen the picture he told "You were right it is exactly at the same
    spot, but I cannot take that risk, I have to be sure for 100%, not for 90+%. That’s about ten years ago now.
    From time to time I feel something but the pain is not serious enough to go to the doctor again. Maybe in a few years again.
    Or I’ll try one of those tips given to you.

  46. Alan Osborne on May 16, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Andy after seeing this video I had some old racking and I thought a good idea, After setting it all up I needed 4 more arms a trip to B&Q to find that the stores arms will not fit the old system I got new ones at a hardware shop, All wood off the floor with bench underneath Thanks for your tips. ozzy.

  47. Steve O'Shaughnessy on May 16, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Half this video is off topic rambling.

  48. Paul Chalk on May 16, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I too had carpal tunnel syndrome and found the best solution is a track ball. Logitech M570 to be exact. Worth the money.

  49. John Thompson on May 16, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    really smart and common sense Idea. Watch a lot of you tube woodworkers with lot of talent,but too many of them spend more time organizing and planning their shops instead of making stuff.You and our own John Heisz are among my favorites

  50. Badger Workshop on May 16, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Amazing weekend. Great to meet you.