Storing Wood horizontal or vertical?

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Forum topic by steve6678 posted 11-02-2012 11:11 PM 1571 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2012 11:11 PM

I have quite a few board ft, well, maybe 100bf or less, not that much, but I have it all, except the Poplar
(in another room vertically leaning against wall)
The “good wood” is all in my shop on wall hanging racks,LAYING on top of each other,

is it cool to let my good lumber sit a-top each other on the horizontal, I see a lot of lumber in other shops running vertical…Hmm. help

this pic is an example of some on rack and some vertical

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#1 posted 11-02-2012 11:44 PM


Verticle should be fine if it is supported full length in back and it is kiln dryed, provided you don’t have high humidity in your shop.

Any lumber that may have a higher moisture content, of course, should be stickered, stacked horizontally and weighted across the top.

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#2 posted 11-02-2012 11:53 PM

Steve, either will work. However, vertical might require a higher ceiling depending on the wood you buy. I usually seem to find boards 10-14’ in length. On the plus side, vertical makes it easier to sort through your stash when you are looking for that one particular board. If stored vertically, be certain that it is very vertical so it doesn’t develop a bow over time. Therefore, care must be taken to avoid pieces tipping over.

Horizontal permits lower ceilings, but is more labor intensive to sort. You don’t have the safety concerns unless you really overload your wall and entire wall comes down!

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 12:18 AM

I am concerned with bowing and twisting.
I stack it up so it makes me feel like the heavy-ness will provide flatness, which may be wrong.
The wood already (being in-the-rough) has bows and twists and cups, that’s for milling.
But CAN I help my wood stock from being prone to getting worse.
Laying it flat, or vertical.
I always cut up my shipments outside because it come very long, 10-12-14-16
So I crosscut it to 6’-9’ lengths that are manageable for me to wrangle into my shop and lift on racks for the wait till the operation. Dr. Steve…yes…we have a 7’ 6/4” piece of Cherry for surgery…OK, I’ll scrub, LOL, ha

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#4 posted 11-03-2012 01:49 AM

Good question and would say yes to both.

Furniture grade timber has to supported either horizontally or vertically to minimize any twists, bows, cupping, etc., but generally speaking horizontal would be an easier way to create a surface that starts out flat, level and plumb and one could only hope that gravity was on your side.

ie., the principle of your horizontal racking system (pic), albeit correct in concept, fails in its span, as the centre to centre distance of supporting structure vs length of lumber stored leaves timber susceptible to bowing over time and therefor if given a choice I would stand those timbers up or add another supporting gusset

its a bit like framing a house

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#5 posted 11-03-2012 11:44 PM

there’s a window with the A/C behind there, the other racks and other end of shop support better, but then I have to avoid pipes and other stuff…Ha
I had limited joists to attach too, and this house is over a hundred yrs. old.
I have wanted to come up with a better rack, but I have such limited room and space to create.
I am moving my shop to my garage, well more like a building, It’ll fit 6 cars, 2 front to back, 3 rows.
I am going to take the entire back half, when I can raise or loan enough doe. It needs the works, floor, elect, insulation, just everything, it is a hundred yrs old also. with a new door though, ha…it used to have mammoth sliding barn doors

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