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05-02-2016 03:56 PM

How do you stack lumber? Horizontally? Vertically?


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#1 posted 05-02-2016 03:59 PM

Horizontally, supported by edge framed melamine (3/4 in). I band (using shipping shrink wrap) wood bought from the same source at the same time and mark the shrink wrap with its information. I do it this way because it gets more wood out of the way, no sag.

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#2 posted 05-02-2016 04:01 PM

Horizontally, and stickers if it’s drying and then once it’s stabilized, I store it vertically. I have a lot of large slabs and vertical makes it a lot easier to sort through and pick what I’m looking for as I’m doing different projects.

I do have a couple Portamate racks that I store wood that I buy in stores horizontal but that’s only a small portion of my inventory.

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#3 posted 05-02-2016 04:07 PM

Horizontally. Because the ceilings in my garage are less than 8ft tall.

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#4 posted 05-02-2016 04:08 PM

All stacked and stickered horizontal for drying in the processing area. Even in the shop is horizontal storage.

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#5 posted 05-02-2016 04:22 PM

Mine is usually on a pile on the floor, leaning in a corner, hanging from the rafters and stuffed into shelves…I even have some stored under the floorboards (no joke…UNDER the building…it’s dry down there…)......when looking for a piece, the curse words float in the air like a bad cartoon…..nothing is organized…..not a thing…..

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#6 posted 05-02-2016 04:33 PM

Flat (and stickered if not fully dry) and out of the weather. I would love to store vertically if I had the ceiling height.

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#7 posted 05-02-2016 04:36 PM

Stacked and stickered for air drying and kiln drying, then I move it to a vertical lumber rack.

With horizontal lumber racks you will always need the board on the bottom. Not good.

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#8 posted 05-02-2016 04:53 PM

All my rough lumber is air-dried completely by the time I get it, so when I bring it home, it goes unstickers into a horizontal pile in the garage. I put several 1” spacers under the bottom layer to keep it off the garage floor. Once I find time, I skip-plane it all, and it goes back in a pile. When I get to the final jointing/planning step, the pieces are typically quite smaller, and I will stack and sticker those pieces for a few days before I continue on with them.

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#9 posted 05-02-2016 04:57 PM

Mine goes wherever I can find a spot to stash it…...usually I don’t have much more than a project’s worth of boards.

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#10 posted 05-02-2016 04:59 PM

Most that I have stored in my shop is stored horizontally on a rack up high, because that’s where I have room. Vertically would take up wall space that I can’t give up. While drying, my other stuff is stacked and stickered in a barn loft with ratchet straps around it. I think everybody’s got at least a little bit of what Sue’s got going on.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#11 posted 05-02-2016 05:13 PM


Wherever I can? LOL!

Both horizontal and vertical, lining the walls of rooms in my shop.

Current rough cut lumber is less than 6 feet and stacked near my jointer and table saw.

Always in the way? LOL!

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#12 posted 05-02-2016 05:19 PM

Just reorganized the horizontal shelving to decrease/eliminate the board-on-the-bottom issue. We were given a bunch of trim (cherry, poplar, oak, mdo) by another woodworker that was cleaning shop (thanks, Andy!). Initially, had it on a few deep and wide shelves, now it is on multiple shallow (depth and height) shelves. Short stuff is still stacked on deep/wide shelves… it’s a work in process.

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#13 posted 05-02-2016 05:27 PM

Horizontally in the loft of my shop. Why? There’s not enough room anywhere else. Shorter offcuts that are still usable are in horizontal gridwork between ceiling joists—out of the way, yet easily visible and accessible.

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#14 posted 05-02-2016 05:40 PM

My shop is a wreck but I have about a ton of wood laying around stacked up on a shelving unit. And under one of my benches

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#15 posted 05-02-2016 06:44 PM

Horizontally because that’s my favorite position

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