Lumber Making #11: Gettin' It Stacked

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Blog entry by Dorje posted 12-05-2007 09:34 AM 7957 reads 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last step in the process (well not the last – but close to it – still have to get back over there and paint, or otherwise seal the endgrain, which hasn’t done much in the way of checking with all the freezing temps and the moisture we’ve been getting)

...I set up a level ‘foundation’ for the lumber stack. Made sure it was up off the ground and spaced the beams just under 2ft apart:

Here’s a couple shots of the progress. My wife helped me haul the lumber to it’s resting place and helped to stack and sticker the pile. We used 3/4” stickers spaced in line with the beams underneath:


. Here we have the complete stack:

. All topped off with progressively narrower 2x stock to provide some pitch for good run off, corrugated roofing material, and some solid concrete blocks to weight the whole thing down and provide a bit of restraint to limit movement:

. All in all, we have a few hundred board feet of lumber here…we’ll see how it dries! We’ll give it through next summer.

That’s all folks!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 12-05-2007 09:53 AM

Neat that Erika doesn’t mind helping you with this. On top of getting you the lathe. You’re a lucky duck, Podna!
Of course Pam (my missus) never gets to put her car in the garage, got me a bandsaw for Xmas one year, shares her Blick art supplies discount card with me and knows all of my LJ buds by name (and never complains about the endless wood blather). Hat’s off to our LJ spouses!

Thanks again, Dorje for a wonderful blog.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 12-05-2007 12:15 PM

Great blog Dorje and like Douglas said – Hats off to the spouses for being so understanding. I am anxious to see what your lovely stack of wood becomes in the future. You are one lucky man.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 12-05-2007 01:59 PM

Very handswome stack of wood there Dorje. It’s a whole lot of work to get to that stage. I have my fingers crossed for you the the air drying is kind to you and you have workable lumber soon.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 12-05-2007 02:01 PM

There was a lot of heavy lifting in getting to this place. What an adventure for Mike and you. I am looking forward to seeing projects made from this lumber.



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#5 posted 12-05-2007 03:31 PM

Great blog Dorje, and handsome wood to boot! Can’t wait to see what projects you have in store for us come next summer.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#6 posted 12-05-2007 03:37 PM

It must be very gratifying to mill your own lumber! Are you planning to make periodic measurements of the moisture content with a meter? I would be curious to see a chart of monthly readings to see how moisture changes over time.

-- Roger - Havertown, Pennsylvania

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#7 posted 12-05-2007 03:56 PM

Pretty work, Dorje. I agree about understanding wives. It will be interesting to see how this drys in Seattle.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 12-05-2007 04:54 PM

Nice stacking, sorry I wasn’t there to help. I can’t wait to see some it milled up and put to use. Speaking of supporting wives, I have a great one too :). Lucking for me she also had a hobby she is passionate about, so she understands.

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#9 posted 12-05-2007 05:19 PM

Can’t wait to see what you make from it Dorje. Thanks for a great blog.

-- Bob

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#10 posted 12-05-2007 06:00 PM

Cool blog…next time I take a tree down in my yard I’m going to look in the phone book for a person to mill me some lumber on site! So you dont cover that stack with anything? You must live in a warm climate..I could never do that here in Connecticut..I would have to find a barn or something to store it in.


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 12-06-2007 04:28 AM

Great job Dorje!

Very good job of stacking the wood. I been told by my buddy Rick Hearne, (Hearne Hardwoods), one year per one inch in thickness.

Have you checked the moisture content of the wood yet. It would be inteeresting to see a chart on the staring numbers, and then a mionthly check on it to see how quickly it dries. (or slowly)

Again nice post. Beautiful wood stash.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 12-06-2007 05:34 AM

I like Lee’s idea about a running tab on the moisture content. After all, waiting for wood to dry is just as boring as waiting for glue to dry but taking a lot longer.
This way, every month we can ponder the next months moisture reading. And then check the Seattle weather and postulate what the next month’s reading will be. and then we can have a monthly lottery to see who will come the closest the next month.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#13 posted 12-06-2007 05:51 AM

Great progress. I think I remember that you said that you cut it about 2.5” so It’s going to take a couple of years to dry unless you want to do some wet turnings. get a moisture meter because with that kind of thickness you’ll need to get the correct moisture before you start working it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 12-06-2007 05:52 AM

I agree with Sawdust2. the closest guess get a plank of your wood. After 24 months, you might have the stickers left.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 12-06-2007 06:33 AM

It’s been a nice process to follow, Dorje. Like others have said, you’re a lucky man.

I’m kinda with Karson on the time line. I’ve never done it but what I’ve read makes me think a year might not be enough time to come to a workable moisture content. What is the average humidity in your area?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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