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Forum topic by nicksmurf111 posted 01-29-2016 04:45 AM 742 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2016 04:45 AM

So, I got the bug and started buying machinery, and hand tools whenever I can find them for cheep. I purchased a house a few years ago, and had previously gathered wood for a wood stove, but my new house doesn’t have one installed yet. I’m not venturing to install one immediately because of economics and space. But a friend let me cut up a windblown (rotten) cherry tree for free. I took the trunk to the mill and got a few hundred board feet. Today I just got a deal, “free firewood”, on some lumber off craigslist. Some poor soul inherited her grandfather’s stash and it was starting to rot. I believe it was mostly oak and cherry, the cherry was obvious, but I’m not sure about the oak. I took a truckload, and just stickered it in my garage bay, on top my other wood so I could get it out of my SUV. It’s a tall bay that’s basically an extension to the back of my garage, but has a short door on the side. The stack of wood is now up to my shoulders, and takes up about 1/3 of the floor space. My pile of usable steel scraps takes up another 1/3 of the floor space. Should I consider bracing the 2×4 walls and building cantilever shelving? I feel completely unorganized and now will have a very difficult time picking cherry lumber off the bottom of the pile. This is just a hobby, so I’m just accumulating what I can for as cheep as possible, and have no immediate plans on using it, other than for some molding and small projects. With house and car repairs and limited income to accomplish all the above, I’m just pulled in a million directions with carpentry, mechanical, and woodworking projects. Does anyone have any recommendations on storing multiple species of wood, in a single garage door bay? I’d like to continue collecting some wood when I can get it for next to nothing, but not sure if I should consider building shelving for this quantity of wood. I was hoping to take some soft maple to the mill sometime soon. I may erect a carport eventually, but that might be for firewood since I have a very good suburban market for selling face cords.

-- Nicholas

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#1 posted 01-29-2016 10:42 PM

I think you should start using your stock. Maybe take some of the more rotten pieces and build a crib in the backyard you can throw a tarp over, then store the less valuable stuff out there.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#2 posted 01-29-2016 10:45 PM

Thanks for the idea. That wood actually wasn’t all that rotten, just a few pieces that were catching rain.

-- Nicholas

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#3 posted 01-30-2016 04:46 AM

Have plenty of wood….. time to make something and use it up. Repeat as needed. LOL.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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