Is the lumber industry stuck on stupid?

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Blog entry by miles125 posted 07-01-2010 04:08 PM 1634 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Why is it in 2010, forty years since we put a man on the moon, we still have suppliers of lumber putting metal staples into wood? Aren’t there space age adhesives, plastic staples, ink jet bar codes or anything else available to the lumber industry for inventory tracking? I mean, c’mon. Get with it fellows and think about the absurdity of what you’re doing.

This is the same lumber industry we here complain about eco terrorist spiking trees to screw up their operations. Then they produce an end product with more metal in it than every tree hugger in the country with a hammer and a sack of 40d common nails could possibly compete with.

If these same people ran the meat packing industry, i’m convinced there would be a bar code stapled to every t-bone steak and porkchop we bought.

There. I vented and feel better already :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#1 posted 07-01-2010 04:11 PM


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#2 posted 07-01-2010 04:23 PM

I’m with you but feel only slightly better now.

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#3 posted 07-01-2010 04:50 PM


-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 07-01-2010 05:12 PM

I have puled many metal staples out of boards, but find these to be primarily in construction lumber. I have noticed some lumber yards using plastic staples however. Can’t say that I ever buy hardwoods that have staples…but i do check every board before it goes near any of my tools.
Venting is like a good fart…it sure feels good afterwards…

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#5 posted 07-01-2010 05:17 PM

I have been noticing a slight change – a lot of the lumber I have purchased lately has had the barcode printed directly on it.

I’ve nearly had several major “moments” though when I go to put something through the planer and notice ANOTHER staple. @!!!!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 05:37 PM

This is one of those “this is the way it’s done” mentalities that is almost impossible to change.

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#7 posted 07-01-2010 06:40 PM

Not really the Lumber industries fault, but more the shipping and trucking.
The need to protect lumber during shipping requires it to be covered and the cheapest/easiest way is with a plastic trap and staples. Now, not all do it this way and from what I have experienced it is mainly with construction lumber, that, basicly will spend is life outside untill installed.

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 07-01-2010 07:04 PM

They save the space age adhesives to permanently glue the bar code stickers that they put directly on finished products. At least staples come out pretty quick – they don’t leave a sticky blob behind that won’t come off without WD-40 or Goo-Gone.

Maybe its a conspiracy – the planer/jointer knife manufacturers/sharpeners pay lumber companies to do it…

-- Greg D.

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#9 posted 07-01-2010 08:01 PM

I think many industries follow policies that are enforced by individuals who are not end users of the product. I have seen saws where it looked like an advertising designer engineered it as adverse to someone who understands the nature of the machine. Take plywood. Products from overseas are required to be stamped with the country of origin. So some genius has them stamped on the face of a thin veneer that is sold as good double faced plywood. When procedures are followed that make any product less efficient for its intended use, I guarantee you, a manager who has no experience with the product use is responsible.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#10 posted 07-01-2010 08:09 PM

It’s no different than the bar code sticker they stick on plywood that takes an hour to peel off in pieces.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#11 posted 07-02-2010 01:45 AM


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#12 posted 07-02-2010 01:57 AM

morons abound !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 07-02-2010 04:35 AM

It transcends the lumber industry. It’s all over the place. Finding a staple isn’t much worse than trying to cough up the barcode sticker from the apple I just ate!

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#14 posted 07-02-2010 07:31 AM

I’m just waiting for the day I miss one and it sets of my SawStop brake and costs me $150.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#15 posted 07-02-2010 07:44 AM

Gary, you are not suppose to eat those stickers. I hate when you go to take that staple out and it breaks off inside the end and you become a surgeon to get it out.

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