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Forum topic by DBall posted 02-14-2014 03:04 AM 1171 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2014 03:04 AM

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I have about 200 bdft of black walnut and some oak lumber that I want to take with me when I move. It has to fit in the trailer with all my other household belongings and I am wondering how best to transport it. Do I stack it all on top of itself or lay it all done like a floor. It is all rough cut so I’m not worried about a little scratching but I don’t want it to warp and turn good lumber into good firewood. It will be transported from MD to WA over the course of 7-10 days.

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#1 posted 02-14-2014 03:54 AM

I would probably flat stack it one side of the trailer on top of some two by cut offs then ratchet strap it down tight and affix the entire thing to the wall of the trailer.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#2 posted 02-14-2014 04:06 AM

I moved about 100 bf of QSWO from California to PA. I placed the good boards inside a “sandwich” of #2 pine to protect the surfaces of the oak. Used duct tape to secure the bundles. There were some hits on the pine but the oak was fine.

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#3 posted 02-14-2014 01:37 PM

As above: stack, bind, anchor to trailer. Don’t cover important things that might come in handy. Like spare tire.
Most important though is to keep it absolutely dry.
Wisconsin and Northern IL.
Good Luck, On Wisconsin. Steve

I just drive my lumber around

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#4 posted 02-14-2014 01:50 PM

Walnut should NEVER be moved in an east-west direction, only north-south, while oak can be moved in any direction you wish. I’ll be down in a few days. As I live in NH, the walnut should suffer little, if any, during the return trip. (Do not ask or tell anybody else about this, as they will never again have any respect for you as a “woodworker”, since you apparently don’t know the first thing about wood!) Best of luck to you and the oak on your voyage.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#5 posted 02-15-2014 01:58 AM

When we moved from NY to NM I just laid the rough sawn qswo on the floor of the ABS truck then put OSB on top of it. No problems.

-- Art

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