Stack-It Brackets


No-nail, no-bolt supports

My wife has been asking me to build a firewood rack for years. I was planning to construct something from square steel tubing, which would require a lot of cutting and welding. A friend recommended Stack-It Brackets, which allow you to quickly assemble and locate 2x4s in three directions without using any additional hardware. I’m sorry I didn’t find these years ago, as we’ve been stacking wood badly for quite some time. They’re inexpensive, work as advertised, and allow for quick and easy variations in the size of the rack.

I picked up a set of four steel brackets and in less than 30 minutes, I had an 8×3-foot firewood rack. Most of the time is spent in cutting the 2x4s into whatever lengths you want. After that, you just install the pieces. NOTE: the brackets will not hold true 2x4s. The rectangular hole in the bracket that determines the dimensions of the lumber giving the rack it’s length is 1.61″ x 3.61″. With that piece of wood in place, the space for the vertical piece is 1.63″-1.72″ x 3.63″. The space available for the piece determining the width is 1.65 x 3.69″. I used dimensional lumber measuring 1.5′ x 3.5″ with both of my racks.

The brackets are drilled to allow the used of screws for added rigidity, if one chooses. The first rack I made, I used some decking screws to attach the 2x4s to the brackets, because I thought it needed to be rigid. The second rack I assembled to hold kindling is made without using any hardware other than the brackets, and it is working just fine (below). Without using hardware, increasing or decreasing the capacity of the rack means just swapping in different lengths of 2×4. I’m actually a bit bummed about using the screws on the first rack (below), as I want to add taller verticals to increase it’s capacity, but will have to wait until the rack is almost empty to move it to get to the screws on the backside.

According to the box, the brackets can also be used to construct a workbench, storage rack, plant stand, or shelving. I’ve seen a similar bracket product online, but they’re made from ABS plastic rather than steel. With a bit of wood preservative, my racks should last for years.

-- Kurt Jensen 08/21/08