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Jay Nolet

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06-01-2013 12:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak cherry

Ladies and Gentlemen, I had a red oak tree out back fall and take out a cherry tree. I cut the oak into four 9’ sections (average 15” dia.) and got a 9’ piece from the cherry (14” dia.). Painted the ends with house paint and sent them off to the portable band saw. Sending them off to the portable band saw doesn’t make sense, but that is what happened. Now I’m ready to air dry the wood. So, my questions are about the stickers. One place, the internet, says that to make them out of hard wood. Another, again the internet, says make them out of anything as long as their the same size. Okay, so here IS the question——Can I make them out of ripped pine two by sixes? I have a stack of free pine two by’s saved from pallet material (a pickup load). Also, is one and a half inches to wide for the stickers?

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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 06-01-2013 12:34 AM

I just stickered a LOT of walnut and cedar and I used hard and soft woods but just make sure that each level is of the same kind. I used 1” x 1”s and it has worked out fine for me. I am under the impression that you want as small an “imprint” on the wood as possible. Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 06-01-2013 12:35 AM

I’ve made them from cedar, cypress, cherry, white and red oak, maple, hickory, pine, and walnut. Always the same size and all seemed to work just fine.

-- Jim from Doniphan

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#3 posted 06-01-2013 12:40 AM

Here is some useful info about stickering lumber….it answers your questions…. plus gives additional info about sticker staining

http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Causes_and_cures_for_sticker_stain.html

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#4 posted 06-01-2013 01:51 AM

You can make almost 100 stickers from a signal sheet of osb. I have done it and it works great.

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#5 posted 06-01-2013 02:25 AM

Pine is fine, but the stickers have to be dry. I like 1” x 1” too.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#6 posted 06-01-2013 07:34 AM

I have used regular treated doug-fir 1×2s in my solar kiln and had no stain or anything with Mango wood but got some light staining on Albezia but not at every sticker. I know that’s not an answer but thought I would share the little experience I have.

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#7 posted 06-01-2013 11:34 AM

Don’t go over 1” thick. 3/4” thick is OK, but the minimum. Don’t go over 1 1/4” wide. 3/4” wide is the minimum.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#8 posted 06-02-2013 01:56 AM

Will 3/4” plywood work well ?

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#9 posted 06-02-2013 02:02 AM

Since I have truck loads of pine, pine it is.

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Jay Nolet

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#10 posted 06-04-2013 04:22 PM

Thanks one and all for your replies. Pine 1” by 1” stickers it is.Weed screen on ground with concrete blocks and 2X6 platform on top. Maybe a 2X4 framed roof to top it off.

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#11 posted 06-04-2013 04:29 PM

I would recommend 1×1 stickers, a little thick (tall) is better for air drying. 1 1/2” wide is ok, but 1” is better as it does allow a little more surface-to-air contact which helps avoid staining. Better again is to replace the stickers after a couple of days with fresh, dryer ones to help even further with staining. Good luck with it.

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#12 posted 06-07-2013 05:07 PM

Cherry won’t be prone to staining, and you’ll be fine as WDHLT15 said, the stickers should be dry. Don’t go more than 20” between stickers, and keep them centered on top of each other. Sounds like you’ve got a good handle on covering the stack. Put the stack where there will be good air circulation through it (not next to a building, for example). Yes, it DOES make sense to bring your logs to a portable sawmill. It saves set-up time, and usually the customer can bring the logs, help offload the boards, and take the lumber home, all in one trip.

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WDHLT15

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#13 posted 06-08-2013 01:49 AM

The foundation for a large stack is very important. Take time to build it strong and level and, make make the foundation about 10” off the ground. You can use the same foundation over and over. A good level foundation and stickers of consistent thickness results in high quality (straight) lumber.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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Post_Oakie

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#14 posted 06-11-2013 01:39 PM

WDHLT15, nice stack of boards! What do you cover them with?

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#15 posted 06-12-2013 01:07 AM

They are under a 25’ x 60’ metal roofed pole barn. It is my sawmill-lumber drying shed. Plenty of air flow. This is quarter sawn sycamore. Absolutely beautiful stuff.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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