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Forum topic by Bruce Martens posted 03-01-2018 06:16 PM 370 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bruce Martens

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03-01-2018 06:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question milling

I mark a unique number on each slab and record all info in an excel spreadsheet under that number. I take a picture of the slab or piece when its still fresh looking, insert a comment in a cell and put the picture into the comment.

That way if I am selling a piece or looking for something in particular to use myself I can filter all pieces or batches for things like figure, spalted, species, sizes etc. to get a short list of what I’m after then look at the pics to find exactly what I want. Its extra work but its helpful and kind of nice to have it all at my finger tips.

My question is … what is the best method of numbering lumber that will survive the kiln and storage?

-- It's not the mistakes you make that matter, it's the mistakes you leave.


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#1 posted 03-01-2018 06:26 PM

Possibly a metal numbers stamp. They come in sets for about $20 for a combine number and alphabet set. You could use a letter for the species and then your identifying number. Harbor Freight has a 1/4” set for $15 and a 3/8 set for $22

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 03-01-2018 08:45 PM

chalk maybe

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#3 posted 03-01-2018 09:09 PM

does crayon melt off?

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#4 posted 03-01-2018 09:23 PM

carve it

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#5 posted 03-01-2018 11:12 PM

Thanks, I will try those suggestions and see if they hold up and which works best.

-- It's not the mistakes you make that matter, it's the mistakes you leave.

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#6 posted 03-02-2018 12:36 AM

Lumber crayons. I use black, white, blue and red for different marking systems I use when building projects. If all you want is to be able to put a number on there, black or blue, and white is all you need to be able to see it on pretty much any species.

I like it better than chalk because it’s less prone to getting rubbed off. And no, it won’t melt off in a kiln.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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