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Forum topic by AJswoodshop posted 681 days ago 1036 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AJswoodshop

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681 days ago

Has this ever happened to you?

I was buying some lumber yesterday, and I needed one 2+4. I probably went through 50 2+4 until I found one that was straight! That’s crazy!

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop


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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 681 days ago

AJ, they don’t hardly dry them anymore. They move like a green bowl in the lathe and some look like snakes!
You have to hurry and nail them in place if you making a wall just to have chance!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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AJswoodshop

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#2 posted 681 days ago

That’s true, most of the time when I get a board, it’s a little damp.

Thanks for the comment Jim,
AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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Dallas

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#3 posted 681 days ago

AJ, take your trusty moisture meter with you next time. You’ll be surprised how wet construction grade wood is.

When I buy AC 3/4” exterior plywood I have to let it sit for a couple of months just so I can lift it…. the wife helps me carry it in!

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

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Grandpa

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#4 posted 681 days ago

You have to keep your 2×4’s out of the sunshine too. They will warp and twist around like a snake if one side of the board is dried by the sun. Never let the sun get on your wood or you are inviting trouble.

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Grumpymike

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#5 posted 680 days ago

AJ,
Grandpa is very correct about the sun … I bought a bunch of 1X4 pine at HD, carefull to select the best ones in the pile, put them in the back of the pick-up and drove home, the wife wanted to stop by the grocery store so we did. (We live several miles from a store so we only go about once a week) we got home about an hour after loading the lumber and as I offloaded the boards the Arizoma sun had twisted them into 8’ airplane propellers. I now cover my load, it helps.
As Dallas suggests pick up a moisture meter. I have two, one in the shop ( the good one) and a cheapie (about $20) that I carry in the PU.
Buy a few extra 2X4’s and store them in your shop to let them dry and cure for a while, you’ll get better results.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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cutmantom

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#6 posted 680 days ago

you found a straight one?

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IsaacH

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#7 posted 680 days ago

I found that If you go ahead and dig down 1/3 of the way to the bottom of the pile, you get to boards that havn’t been picked through yet. Its easier to find reasonably straight ones. The top jumbled third are the ones that other people have already rejected.

Now keeping them straight….sticker and stack, top off with weights. Wont get rid of all the twist, but it will help.

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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sedcokid

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#8 posted 679 days ago

I have had problems too…..... But I also have found out that if you dig deep enough you WILL find a straight one.

Good Forum topic!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Steve Peterson

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#9 posted 678 days ago

Sometimes it is just luck to show up at the big box store on a day when a fresh bundle has just been opened.

Other days you have to sort through other people’s rejects. The store employees job is to re-stack them as neat as possible to make them look like a fresh stack. The bundles usually have a few thin stickers in them. I usually try to dig below the stickers in hopes of getting a few that have not been picked through.

-- Steve

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