Clearing the cobwebs

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Blog entry by Matt posted 01-12-2007 05:24 AM 1689 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 01-12-2007 05:32 AM

In my experience, no matter how I stack my lumber, the board I need for a project always seems to be on the bottom of the pile. If you devise a system to guarantee that the lumber for a project will be readily accessable, please share it with us.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 01-12-2007 07:00 AM

You know what I say? Just throw ‘em up there!! :)

You work in a lab??? What kind of lab? (If you dont mind telling)

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#3 posted 01-12-2007 07:11 AM

I’d just barely filled up some racks, when I had to dig out the stuff on the bottom as well! I need more shelves to hold less stuff??? Nah, load em up!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 01-12-2007 12:36 PM

Hi Matt;
—-and then I’ve got timber beams under black plastic in my field, planking and beams in the cellar stacked and stickered, tongue and groove and half lap on the first flooor of my barn and old barn boards plus odds and ends on the second floor. If this is not enough space, well thats why I’m in the process of completing the third floor of the barn. Oh I forgot to mention the assorted tree timber that also shares space on the first floor.

The nickname for a barn is; another big closet. Nothing like moving some timber around, getting it all stacked and stickered only to realize you need that other one back behind the piles over there. As to the second and third floors, well I move it all up and down by hand so that in itself can be a day at the gym. I have played with the idea that when I get the third floor done, then maybe I’ll setup a smaller shop up there for pre-cutting and prepping the wood.

Now you’ve really went and got me to thinking, what about the timber I have stacked in my woods waiting to be slabbed up, I call it a never ending process and yes, my wife gets a smile on her face when we go walking in the woods. I guess she knows me by now.

Have a very good day!!!

-- --frank, NH,

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#5 posted 01-12-2007 02:47 PM

makes me think that perhaps Rick has drawn me into woodworking just so he can collect wood!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 01-13-2007 05:20 AM

First of all, thank you to all of you for the comments. I really need to talk to my boss about making it easier for me to visit my favorite sites during downtime at the day job, if I had known these comments were here I would have responded sooner. It’s really great to hear that filling up the racks is such an universal experience…well to woodworkers at least.

Thank you again, Matt

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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