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10-12-2016 11:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stickers stacking lumber

I have 2 white oak and 1 red oak logs that I will soon have sawn into boards so I am trying to find the cheapest,best sticker to use.
Has anyone here cut plywood or styrofoam into strips for stickers?
Does anyone see a problem with either one of these materials?

-- David

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#1 posted 10-12-2016 12:17 PM

Sure, plywood will work. I would think styrofoam would tend to compress.

I generally just cut stickers from whatever I’ve got laying around.

I have also gotten them from the sawmill they usually have a lot of them.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#2 posted 10-12-2016 12:39 PM

I use whatever is around as scrap, just be sure you get consistent thickness. Styrofoam would collapse and be a disaster. I generally want 3/4 inch thick stickers, so ply at that thickness would work, but might be fragile.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#3 posted 10-12-2016 12:58 PM

Plywood would work. Skip the Styrofoam. The cheapest would be to rip 2×4s to 3/4” thickness.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 10-12-2016 01:05 PM

Visit the garden department of your local big box and pick up a bundle of wooden tomato stakes. I got a bundle of 25 four footers (roughly 3/4 by 3/4) a few years ago for under $12.00. I had been using scraps but had the problem of consistent thickness as suggested in the posts above … NOW, I have 100 dedicated stickers!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#5 posted 10-12-2016 02:09 PM

I like the idea of ripping 2×4s, but will the pine stain the oak?

-- David

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#6 posted 10-12-2016 02:19 PM

I would use the oak.

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#7 posted 10-12-2016 02:25 PM

You can use any species as stickers as long as they are dry. Never use green stickers. With easy yo stain species like maple and poplar, use 1” thick stickers for better air flow. 3/4” this is fine for oak.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#8 posted 10-12-2016 02:45 PM

I generally keep 500-1000bf and if stored inside, I’ve found mdf to be the most economical. I rip 3/4×3/4 stickers and use them. You can get a ton of em from one sheet.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#9 posted 10-12-2016 02:50 PM

I use plywood stickers for all of my drying from the sawmill. It’s cheap and easy to make. Just get a sheet of 3/4 plywood, cheapest you can find and rip into 1” strips. I generally cut the sheet down to 4’ x 4’ first.

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#10 posted 10-13-2016 02:41 AM

I use 1/4” pvc conduit, relative cheap and consistent size (very important) and NO sticker stain, reusable many times.

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