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Warren

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02-20-2012 11:55 AM

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I have wondered which way is better to store lumber. Do you lay it down flat or stand it up on end. Which is the correct way???

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.


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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 12:38 PM

The BEST way to store YOUR lumber is in MY shop!!!

I say keep it from bending! IMO; Level rack/support would be best. Sheet goods can be on edge.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 01:20 PM

I agree. Just keep them flat. leaning them against a wall is okay for the short term(depending on the length)but for long term I suggest a rack.

-- New Auburn,WI

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WDHLT15

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 04:08 AM

If you have the space, standing on end in a rack offers better accessibility than a flat stack since in my case, the board that I want is always at the bottom of the stack. Stacked vertically on end, like leaves in a book, allows you the flip through the boards better.

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

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 06:09 AM

I store mine flat on rockler lumber racks.
I buy S4S at the moment, so I put stickers between the pieces of lumber to prevent (for the most part) warping.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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rep

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#5 posted 02-22-2012 04:53 AM

WDHLT15 – “If you have the space, standing on end in a rack offers better accessibility than a flat stack since in my case, the board that I want is always at the bottom of the stack. Stacked vertically on end, like leaves in a book, allows you the flip through the boards better.”

+1

-- rick

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 05:05 AM

I store mine flat, with sticks in between them. Storing them upright tends to make the wood bow.

-- Yves

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 05:27 AM

Space considerations force me to store lumber on end. If it has to sit for very long, I flip it to reduce any bowing.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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Les

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#8 posted 02-22-2012 12:10 PM

I store mine on end and never have a problem. Check my shop pictures if you want to see it.

Les

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#9 posted 02-22-2012 12:21 PM

People actually have extra lumber that needs storing?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#10 posted 02-22-2012 12:37 PM

I bought a General “Lumber Store” for sixty dollars. So far it’s the only General tool in my shop, which is soon to be changed and I am happy with it.
I have Birch, Sapele, Pine, Cedar, Fir and Oak on it right now.

I put some 5/8” plywood on the bottom rack so I can store my more valuable short ends.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#11 posted 02-22-2012 12:50 PM

Dallas just come on over when ever you want to see a lot of lumber. We have a small saw mill. I lay my lumber whatever way it will fit. I have some laying flat and some standing. I have some in a pond, some in a creak, some under leaves, and some under sawdust. I even have some under cow poo.

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#12 posted 02-22-2012 01:48 PM

Oh wait…..you said lumber….not plywood…..my mistake….oh well…you can use this if you need to…

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#13 posted 02-22-2012 02:41 PM

i always store mine flat with stickers, better acclimation…..

-- .......now cut that out!

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#14 posted 02-22-2012 03:34 PM

Although I dont often keep a lot of wood in storage, I store solid wood flat, but plywood on edge.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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WDHLT15

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#15 posted 02-24-2012 03:06 AM

I have over 15,000 BF in some stage of storage! Believe me, storage of lumber is vexing. I am like Joey, I have it everywhere…..........If you have a small amount, vertical storage racks are nice.

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

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