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Blog entry by Sac posted 07-04-2008 07:56 PM 10342 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wow folks yesterday, Thursday July 3rd was pretty awesome for my wood working tool list to almost being completed. I’ve several things on order. Such as the WoodHaven Horizontal 575 router table, 3 of the 4’ T-Track Kits. I forget who at this moment but they made a wise comment about the T-Track Intersection Kit so I didn’t get it and added the 3rd 4’ T-Track kit. The Thin Rip Tablesaw Jig, Router Table Foot Pedal and a Blade Lubricant Stick was ordered also. I won 2 ebay Auctions also for a Grizzly Palm Detail Sander Kit, H3120 and a Grizzle G0538 1/3 HP Oscillating Spindle Sander. I was stoked! Then I came across some lumber. I called the guy and made an appt. to see what he had. I took some cash along just in case and left the trailor at home. I wished I had taken the trailor! Well I made two trips. the first I had my cargo area loaded down. Took the trailor back and loaded it down. All in all I ended up with who knows how many board feet of cherry, walnut, white oak, ash, cedar and birch. All of it is semi rough. It was cut with some kinda portable saw mill (a freaking huge type of a bandsaw) so it is pretty smooth on both sides. Three of the white oak pieces are like 7’ x 30” rangine 2-4 inches thick. Alot of crotch walnut, birch and cherry anywhere from 5’ x 12-30” 1” to 4” thick and the ash is about the same. I outta take some pictures but I doubt you care to see it. I’m not trying to brag here but for just beginning my wood working adventure or resuming it after 25 years I got pretty excited over this wood. He gave me a stack of cherry for turning. they range between 3×3x6’ to 12 ft and several 4×4x3’ to 5’. All of it has been air dried and has been in this fellows workshop for the last 6-7 years. Anyways I’ll be heading back to get some more in the next week or so. Now I am not sure what type of lumber rack to build. I think a box style would be best suited. Your thoughts on a lumber rack would be most welcome! FYI- It would be built in the middle of the garage. No wall space available.

-- Jerry

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#1 posted 07-04-2008 08:01 PM

Way to go, Jerry!! Those are so awesome wide boards!!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-04-2008 08:21 PM

take me with you when you go…oh please, please I can grovel, beg, and crawl on my belly like a reptile, oh please, please, I be good all week, oh please…..... go going .. Jerry

-- Makers of fine butcher shop saw dust.

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#3 posted 07-04-2008 08:24 PM

Hey Joe, He’s over in North East Knox County. If your interested let me know and I’ll pass on his email and number and let him know your going to call him.

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 07-04-2008 08:29 PM

Lumber rack.
built on a platform 3×6 with wheels in the “A” frame shape. Pins in the front for planks to lay on,,same on backside. Flat top maybe 18’ wide hollow 4 1/2 – 5’ high for sheet goods. Can be made with a ply wood bottom, 2×6 verticals, with dowls for pegs. as opposed to metal. Dont like to lay wood on steel.

-- Makers of fine butcher shop saw dust.

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#5 posted 07-04-2008 08:54 PM

see recent bog entry posted since yours, same question several answers and picture. I guess everyone is so busy drooling over your wood buy that they did’t read the rest. good luck and oh yes I don’t like putting wood on metal either.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#6 posted 07-04-2008 10:32 PM

Yea, I saw the rack your talking about Joero. It doesn’t quite meet my needs. I saw a blog in my search earlier where a fellow whent to big box store and obtained some damaged rack. I might give that a try. I am starting to lean towards a visit to the saw mill dude for some 4×4x8’s to build a box type rack with one side setup for clamping plywood and other similiar wood. I saw the clamping idea here also in a blog search. I dunno we’ll see if any other ideas pop up here first. I know I want the inside measurement at a minimum of 36”.

-- Jerry

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#7 posted 07-04-2008 10:32 PM

Nice bunch of wood. Very lucky find. Now make something special.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 07-04-2008 11:14 PM

Sounds like you’ve got some sawdust making in your future!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#9 posted 07-05-2008 12:01 AM

Your gonna share that lumber, right? Can you hear the groveling?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 07-05-2008 12:06 AM

I made this lumber rack a while back… it works pretty good. I doubt you’ll want to make it this big, but the design principle is still the same… good luck!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#11 posted 07-05-2008 12:18 AM

Try looking at this freestanding rack from Michael Harcker

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#12 posted 07-05-2008 12:23 AM

Thanks all. Yea it was a good find. I was a little worried about the scolding I might have gotten. But since the wife has collected antique furniture over the years, she knew what a value it was so much she wants to get some more after looking at it today.

Steve I like that better than the box system. Do you know what kind of weight you have had on a specific level? And yes I look to go from cieling to floor. I figure it would give more stability.

Thanks Toolz, that is something very similiar to my first thought of the rack. I have 12 2×6x8’s and I was thinking along those lines. So for now I am kinda looking at the one Steve built and I may just may re-visit that idea Toolz.

-- Jerry

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#13 posted 07-05-2008 12:46 AM

I don’t know what kind of weight it has on it now, but it is loaded down to the gills. It is literally solid lumber and sheeting from the very top of that thing to the very bottom. It has to weigh a ton.

It used to be a mobile rack, but it’s so heavy now that it will not move. I have no stability problems with it, it never acts like it wants to tip. I actually put a ladder up against it to get the lumber off the top, and it doesn’t “wiggle.” The pegs are about 16 inches long, it’s about 7 1/2 feet tall. If you need anything further, give me a ‘holler.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#14 posted 07-05-2008 01:30 AM


You made a nice score on the tools and the lumber. AS busy has you have been this week and the great deals you have happened upon I am sure you are on an adrenaline rush that is going to last awhile.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#15 posted 07-05-2008 04:09 AM

I like the look of Steve’s rack. I made an A frame one on a 3×4 or 5 base (salvaged from a bin at the day job) and a sawhorse. fits where I need it, but not as good as it could be.

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

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