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Forum topic by John Harris posted 02-06-2010 09:33 PM 1327 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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John Harris

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02-06-2010 09:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber wood storage

When is wood small enough to stop laying flat and using stickers? I just bought a bunch of wood, some pretty small. Is there a time when you don’t have to sticker it and can stand it on end, or stack it on it’s side?
Hoping for the best, here’s how I stacked everything:

From wood

Is this okay? Thanks for your help!

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 09:42 PM


Seems to me stickers are your personal choice for any wood at anytime!

Might be missing something, but what’s the concern?

Unless there are exotics I do not keep small pieces, it simply does not pay, it bogs you down.
An underlying message from many LJs is to rethink, organize, clean up, and be more effcient, safer, much more productive… and happier.

Have never had a problem with short pieces stored flat or up. Just like books on a shelf, keep them square and straight, allowing air to circulate.

Your pix seems like a nice little stash, well stored.


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#2 posted 02-06-2010 09:54 PM

A lot of small pieces are stacked flat, it depends on it’s moisture content. If it’s wet or green then I would use stickers of the same species of wood to prevent stains from woods that react to one another.

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 10:25 PM

Some spaniish cedar, black walnut, bottom two shelves all sorts of maple, rosewood, cherry, and some I have no idea what it is. Maybe 20% is figured.

Since I am just starting out, I am saving everything. Even little pieces I can throw on a lathe and practice. Little boxes to practice joints, practicing inlays, etc.

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#4 posted 02-07-2010 05:38 PM

I cut pieces for picture frames about 2 months ago, they were around 6% moisture, couldn’t do any more with them at the time, stacked them neatly, came back last week and all of them have either a bow, cup, or twist in them, most of them a 1/4”! So now I have expensive firewood…

-- Andy, PA ~Finding satisfaction in creation

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#5 posted 02-07-2010 05:47 PM

Once the wood is dry (and I usually buy kiln dried wood), I just sticker between different species. I know a lot of people think this is wrong, but I’ve never had a problem.

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#6 posted 02-07-2010 06:28 PM

the small piecesyou have on the shelfs shuoldn´t be a problem if they are kiln dryed
and you have a heated shop but it´sallso depends on how much moisture there is in
your area general if there is a lot I wuold stack them with stickers and have some
airflow thruogh it so the moisture is moved away from it
and if you got a moisturemeter you can check the wood if it´s down to abaut 6%
then you are allright
and when you get new wood in the shop you shuold let it be settled for 2-3 weeks
so it has climatisies to you shop before using it
hope this help you


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#7 posted 02-07-2010 06:42 PM

I agree with Dennis.
Seasonal humidity variation in your area can be a deciding factor. If it’s always humid, no big deal. If it’s always drier than a popcorn fart…no big deal. But some areas can have a large variation from Summer to Winter(like where I live). Here…stickering every layer is the only decent way to keep the EMC where it belongs.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#8 posted 02-07-2010 06:42 PM

Stack it vertical..flat…sideways….just keep any of it out of direct contact with a concrete floor or any wildly fluctating humidity conditions.

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

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#9 posted 02-07-2010 06:52 PM

if it is long boards you will have in the shop or another place don´t forget to put someting
heavy on the top layer of the stack and let the last layer be some scrap/cheap wood
of course let the heavy thing be right abow the the nedly stacked stickers , every stickers
have to be excacly abow each other it´s the only way you can prevent twist an other things

don´t ask why I know this, it´s too painful to remmember (destroyed 3 month of work years ago)


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#10 posted 02-07-2010 07:05 PM

John, Storage is always what works best for you and the area of your shop, experiment. Your picture frames may have had internal stresses that show up slowly after you cut them causing them to distort. If you are going to have long periods of time between cutting and using then cut WELL over size and do the final sizing just before you assemble them. Just a thought…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 02-11-2010 01:26 AM

Thanks, for all your help and ideas!!

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