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10-11-2010 01:50 AM

Hi, I recently went to an auction with my brother so we could have two trucks to use. After awhile of sitting in the truck while my brother did his thing he asked me to come look at something. It seems that a few days earlier at this auction the man had one item that no one bought. My brother and I went in to a pole barn and he showed us a stack of 2000bf of maple, oak, and walnut. It had been cut and stacked in 1971 and had been there ever since. He could not get anyone to even offer $100 at the auction. He told me that if I could take it all now that he would take the $100 still. Well need less to say it was a slow trip home with two VERY heavy trucks. Now comes my problem. I have put cinder blocks with 4×4 on top behind my shed to store the wood. Does anyone think that I will have any warping issues since this has been drying for almost 40 years. I will put a sheet of plywood on top with weights. I would very much appreciate any tips or info that you could give me. i apologize for the long post but i love to let people know how things are found sometimes. Thanks, Bill

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 01:59 AM

I would put a vapor barrier on the ground before stacking it. also if you use a plastic cover over the material it can sweat and still moisture get into you lumber, so put your ply on the top and then the tarp.

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 02:38 AM

It’s important to make a base. ie: of concrete blocks & 4×4’s, and get it as level as possible so as not to introduce twist. I would put stickers between the boards so that changes in temperature and humidity will affect both sides of the board evenly. A little pest control around the stack from time to time would also be a good idea.

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#3 posted 10-11-2010 03:44 AM

Will it help that this has been drying for 40 years. I have put down the blocks and leveled them in both directions. I laid a 4’ section of the 4×4 across the blocks and put a sticker on each one. Would an old tarp work for a vapor barrier. I put three blocks in each row and spaced them 3’ apart.

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#4 posted 10-11-2010 08:56 PM


If the wood has been cut and drying for 30-40 years, it is as dry as it will get without being put into a kiln or moved inside. I think you’d be much better off storing this wood in your shop if at all possible…

Good luck with it and remember…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 10-11-2010 09:35 PM

I’m with Herb. Store it inside, no need to dry it any more. That wood was as dry as it was going to get for 25 years!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#6 posted 10-11-2010 09:39 PM

Wow Lucky devil No one ever gives me these deals .So if you’ll all make me welcome I’ll come to live in the States LOL seriously well done you deserve it.Alistair

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#7 posted 10-12-2010 06:56 AM

I appreciate everyone’s help and hints. Since I am stuck with a two car garage I am stuck with storing it outside. I am going to start stacking it tomorrow. I am going to start slow and keep an eye that it stays level with each row I add. I think that i will tarp over the plywood cover as added protection also. Also Scotsman if you ever make it here you are always welcome and will have a place to stay. If anyone lives near me let me know if you need any oak and I will give you a screaming deal. Thanks, Bill

-- 160th S.O.A.R

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#8 posted 10-12-2010 07:23 AM

Where do you live … roughly ?

That’s INCREDIBLE that it rained cheap hardwood all over you ! Lucky DAWG !!!

And … without pictures … it just didn’t happen !

[hint, hint]

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 10-12-2010 08:25 PM

Hi NBeener, I live in Dewitt MI just north of Lansing. I will get some pics posted this week. i am also trying to get some pictures of my shop together. Bill

-- 160th S.O.A.R

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#10 posted 10-19-2010 06:08 AM

So, how do you find these kind of auctions? Where do you look to see what ever is coming up? Thanks for your help. Also, great find :D

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#11 posted 10-20-2010 05:25 PM

Hi Pawky. I look at and I have a guy that I work with that gets a weekly paper that shows all auctions in Michigan and surrounding states. I just finished getting the walnut home and stacked. I keep trying to get my son and his friend to help me haul the oak which is the largest stack. I am getting a tarp today as it looks like rain coming later. If anyone needs or wants to look at the oak feel free to let me know. I need to get rid of a bunch and I am not the biggest fan of oak. I am not looking to make money but if I can sell some to cover my storage fees I will be happy. Bill

-- 160th S.O.A.R

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#12 posted 10-20-2010 05:36 PM

The best thing would be to store it in my shop. ;) I wish I could get deals like that. If I had that stack of lumber, I would plane it, square it up, tongue and groove, and put it down all through my house.

flyboy, thanks for the auction websites. Craigslist sometimes has logs and lumber. Now SWMBO will be really upset as she says I spend too much time on the computer now! “But dear, just think how nice your new floors will look!”

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#13 posted 10-21-2010 02:13 AM

Sounds like you have enough cheap wood to frame up a small storage shed ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 10-21-2010 04:38 AM


I purchased a lot of cherry, oak and ash a little while ago. I store all my wood on wall racks and home made racks hanging from the floor joists in the garage. If you have exposed joists or rafters you can put some or most of it there. In a two car garage you can put most of it in the center and along the sides leaving the full hight for the cars.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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