Alright, seeing as I get most of my woodworking thoughts out of my head via my podcast. Typing them out is going to be a lot different, so here goes nothing…
As I’m attempting to write this, I’m on the eve of a big lumber delivery. Multiple projects are to follow as soon as I get it all tucked away down in the shop. A task I’m both looking forward too and not, at the same time. I spent most of my lunch hour today rearranging the “lumber rack” to make sure I was ready for the big adventure. Oh, by the way, if you’re wondering what I was doing home on my lunch hour, I live only a few minutes from my laboratory so why would I bring a lunch to work??
Anyways, back to the lumber rack. I guess the main purpose of the whole rearrangement today wasn’t so much to make room for the incoming lumber, but instead to make room for me to practice a little obsessive compulsive behavior. I hate to admit it, but I’ve known all along that it’s not so deeply buried inside me. I now have plenty of rack space to make sure that my hardwoods and softwoods never acclimate together. Not that there’s anything wrong with multiple species acclimating together, especially considering that at some point in the very near future they’ll be joined together in a myriad of ways to make something absolutely beautiful (and usefull of course).
Actually, the more I think of it, perhaps keeping them apart isn’t such a great idea. Afterall, shouldn’t they get to know each other as soon as possible to make sure that they’ll work in perfect harmony once the glue dries and the clamps are removed? If I mix them up on the racks though, it might be a lot of work to move boards around when I’m searching for that right face for a certain component.
So my next thought is that maybe I should sort and stack the stock in a way that corresponds to each of the projects I’m building. But this then raises the next issue, which project goes first?
Well, considering that I’ll have plenty of time driving to and from the mill and then plenty of time hauling the lumber from the van to the rack I guess I’ll figure it all out then , or not?!
-- Straight grains & sharp blades