Time to make some changes to the shop. #4: Hmmm.... What have I gotten myself into?!?!

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Blog entry by AngieO posted 01-11-2014 06:00 PM 1671 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Not much new here.... But time to make some room. Part 4 of Time to make some changes to the shop. series Part 5: My newest addition to the shop. »

Yeah… So I’m cleaning up the lumber storage I have in my shop. See previous posts if you don’t know what I’m starting with. I’m a “wood collector”. Not to be confused with a “hoarder”. Lol. The difference… ???....Well … That’s a whole other blog post. :)

I like the vertical storage. It works best for me. But as I started to corganoze so I could have more room today… I found this….

Yep. I’ve got some water coming on around the floor. So… I guess today will be spent making some lumber storage on the wall up from the wetness. Plus… This will help me identify where the water comes in and try to fix that as well.

So I’ve created a HUGE mess. Probably gonna get worse before it gets better. Lol. Should be an interesting day. Just me and no where else to go. So time to get busy :)

Note… Edited to turn pics :)

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 06:08 PM

No such thing as too much wood. Horizontal storage is better than vertical. Less chance that the wood will bow under its own weight. Water on the floor could also mean wall damage. You may need to figure out how to keep the water away from the base of the building on the outside.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 06:15 PM

It looks like it is stored horizontally. ;)

-- - Martin

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 06:17 PM

Home made spalting? Hope the leak is an easy fix Angie.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 07:50 PM

Martin is right. I know with my camera software, after I move it from the camera to the puter, I can correct it so when I post or print, they display properly.

I hate it when I begin a project only to find out it has just become bigger then I wish. Good luck

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#5 posted 01-11-2014 08:12 PM

Vertical storage eats up a lot of floor space. I prefer to keep my long boards on a wall mounted lumber rack. Shorts get sorted and stored in my cut off cart. Really short pieces are sent to the burn pile (where I occasionally need to go rescue a piece or two). I try to keep them sorted by species whenever possible. Its a tough task to do the initial sorting, but once you have a system in-place, it gets “easier” as long as you stick with it.

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#6 posted 01-11-2014 10:18 PM

Angie, Good luck with this project. Wood piles just seem to grow if you leave them unattended for too long. I am trying try get my wood rack under control as well.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 01-12-2014 03:55 AM

Martin…. LOL! Too funny!

Well… I think I made pretty good progress tonight. This accomplished two things for me today. First… I had the resolution to use my scraps. So… I used scraps to make a box…. and some of the lumber to make shelves

I have so much more room now. I’m very happy with how it turned out. Most my long boards are stored on the shelves. I have the box full of shorts and then I also took two small trash cans and a bucket and filled them with the other scraps.

I have so much more floor space left now. And I can get to the lumber a lot easier as well. Now I know what all I have too. Very happy :)

I have a few more projects to help keep this organized… and to use up more of it.

The problem with the moisture on the floor is that I have blocks around the perimeter. I talked to someone about it so I know how to fix it.

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#8 posted 01-12-2014 03:57 AM

And Monte’s right… there’s no such thing as too much wood. :)

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#9 posted 01-12-2014 04:47 AM

I like what you have done. You made it to fit your needs. It looks well organized, until the next big project.Ha ha.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 01-12-2014 04:49 AM

double DD. The bad thing is… tomorrow I will go out and probably need the board all the way in the back. The two shelves actually were a little more organized. I put the shelves up first and filled them. Then started the box. The side rail pieces were then pulled down from the top shelf.

Tomorrow… it will be a mess. LOL

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#11 posted 01-12-2014 04:50 AM

Great job Angie!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 01-12-2014 05:00 AM

Good job ,I have the same problem ,wood takes up alot of my shop space.All you can do is try it and see how it works for you. If I had space I would build an outside lumber storage shed Like good old Norm did.

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#13 posted 01-12-2014 01:53 PM

I wouldn’t compare hording with stock piles of wood, hording is a disease mostly a stock pile of garbage, useless crap, junk, etc…. that just sits there with no goal, wood has a purpose and goal, both totally different.

I have no choice but to store my boards horizontal, I only have 8’ ceilings :)

Nice progress Angie, I’m enjoying the adventure :)

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#14 posted 01-12-2014 08:17 PM

Wow, you made alot of progress. Great job. Just a thought here, and not really sure what your roof trusses look like, but have you thought about making some storage racks that could hand from them. Possible even incorporate a block and tackle system on each end to raise and lower, for more storage of some lumber that you might not need to get too as much. Again, great job and enjoy seeing you progress in the passion that all of we LJers have.

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#15 posted 01-13-2014 01:02 AM

Good inspiration for me as I get ready to start moving lumber to my new nd larger shop. I built an 8’ x 12’ wood shed last summer to get more shop space. I store wood vertically and it worked great with one end 8” and the front 10’, but It now has no room to walk. I need to thing about shelves. A shelf for each wood species I have. I like the wood box idea too. Shorts are a whole nother problem.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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