Lumber Rack

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Project by antiquegarageguy posted 02-17-2016 04:40 PM 1295 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It only cost me $40 to build this rack. It was much needed. I had $1000 worth of lumber stacked on the floor which I can’t stand. Plus I needed that space very bad.

-- JLA Woodworking Macon,Georgia

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#1 posted 02-17-2016 05:32 PM

always stand your lumber vertical

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#2 posted 02-17-2016 11:50 PM

The only place I see lumber vertical is big box stores

Btw – nice use of a wall – could have said nice rack but, well you know

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 02-18-2016 01:29 AM

Yeah every place I’ve ever bought lumber its always been stacked horizontal.

-- JLA Woodworking Macon,Georgia

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#4 posted 02-18-2016 01:39 AM

I was reading that if it’s standing, it needs to have the bottom perfectly flush with the surface that it’s bearing on. It should be like the first image and not the second or the wood will do all sorts of nasty things. Trees stand so too can dimensioned lumber. Just needs to be done correctly.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 02-18-2016 07:05 AM

Okay then why do they lay it down in the kiln? It’s when it’s drying out that the most change takes place.
Not trying to be a smart a ! Just asking.

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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#6 posted 02-18-2016 11:42 AM

From what I’ve been told that once it’s been kiln dried it really don’t matter how u store it. But down here in South Georgia it gets really humid so I’d prefer to stack my lumber so its own weight helps keep it straight. I just glued up 6- 6’ pieces of ambrosia maple yesterday & all I had to do was run it through my drum sander right from the lumber yard. As long as the way I store my lumber is working then why change. I do have 16’ walls to take advantage of.

-- JLA Woodworking Macon,Georgia

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#7 posted 02-18-2016 03:54 PM

Heard a talk on this at Weekend With Wood a couple years ago and the opinion of the instructor was horizontal. He demonstrated with a wet sponge that if you stand it vertical, the water runs to the bottom half and runs out the bottom because of the grain. Top half gets drier than the bottom. That’s why drying lumber should always be horizontal. The sponge and wood drying happens slower but evenly. I suppose if you achieve a dried state of equilibrium, you could then go vertical in the Japanese “as the tree grows” mantra. I have done both.

Nice rack by the way (ha!). Love the extra little leg supports at the front. Very sturdy.

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#8 posted 02-18-2016 04:33 PM

I think thickness of your lumber matters too. Sure if you deal with 3/4” stock and aren’t careful when you store it vertically you could have issues. However I use 5/4 stock more than anything else, and I have never had an issue storing vertically. It is just so much easier to access the stock.

The nice thing about the rack you built is it can be used either way. In fact my vertical rack doesn’t look much different.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 02-19-2016 09:40 PM

Lol looks familiar!

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