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04-03-2014 06:38 AM

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Hi I want a way to store wood because its all in a pile on one side of my shop im going to try make a loft above my pull up door to store sheet goods and I have a way to store pallet wood with a simple pallet wood and stuff.


How do I store:

Brought Wood
Pallet wood that’s been planed
boards that have been laminated into a big board
and other wood

I have about 15+ pallet wood 2×4s and 2×3s that are about 1000mm long and lots of pallet boards

I don’t want to BUY ply wood, Mdf or ChipBoard (OBS)

But I have 2 sheets of BIG chip ChipBoard that I could use

And by the way the big chip board is like chips about 100mm x 50mm + so really rough

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#2 posted 04-03-2014 08:08 AM

ok im looking now

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#3 posted 04-03-2014 08:12 AM

umm the link says An error occurred while processing your request.
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#4 posted 04-03-2014 12:44 PM

I store my wood on a pallet in my shop. You can make wood storage bins easily enough if you prefer. Just google it.

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#5 posted 04-03-2014 06:28 PM

k I looked at the links

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#6 posted 04-03-2014 07:18 PM

Jay, I used to store sheet goods, laying flat, close to the ceiling. It seems like a perfect place for it, but I found it unwieldy. The problem is, if you want a piece near the bottom, you’ve got to remove all the sheets above it (unless you install some kind of fancy lift), all done with your arms stretched above your head or on a stepladder, pulling the sheets down, putting them somewhere (probably on the floor, climbing off the ladder or platform with it) and reaching for the next sheet .. then, putting it all back. Considering the weight of the sheets, this could be tiring, difficult and even dangerous.

I recommend standing the sheets on ends or edges, leaning against a support for the entire face, bottom to top, so they don’t bow, with the ability to leaf through them and slide out. Sheet goods storage is often problematic and a good system very helpful.

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#7 posted 04-03-2014 07:53 PM

Sierra has some good links there, but we are storing lumber and not firewood … Well I do have a couple pieces of firewood that I will be re-sawing into boards.

The main idea is to keep the lumber FLAT.

I have a wall rack that I use to store long boards greater than 4 feet. Also I have a cutoff bin that rolls around for the odds and ends on one side and a sheet goods rack on the other. (see Steve Ramsey’s woodworking for mere mortals).
I also have a rack that suspends from the ceiling (3’x4’) for the short cutoffs. And I have of course the stack of misc. sheet goods leaning against the wall.

If your wood is green you will stack and sticker it so that it breaths for 1 year for each inch of thickness; if the wood is dry, you will want to stack it so that it stays straight .. maybe some weight on top. If the wood is just thrown onto a pile it will warp, twist, crook and bow.

If you have 32sq feet to spare, (which most of us don’t) lay your sheet goods flat to store; but leaning against a wall is the second choice, and if it (the sheet goods) is imported (like found in the big box store) it will warp in a few days.

PM me for some photo’s and how I made my wall rack for under $12 … it holds about 300+ feet of lumber.. all from scraps.

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

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#8 posted 04-04-2014 05:53 AM

im going to make a loft tommrow os soon MABY

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#9 posted 04-04-2014 08:06 PM

A loft is a good choice, but the drawback is that every time you need a sheet it will be on the bottom. I did one years ago that had three shelves, it worked out ok, but it was costly.
Now that I’m 70 years old, I keep the heavy stuff down low where it is easier to handle, but the lighter stuff stores really well in the loft suspended from the ceiling.

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

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#11 posted 04-05-2014 07:41 PM

The big chipboard you talk of is called sterling board here in the UK. It is used mainly for siding or for roofing etc.I store all my sheet wood ply the veneered type standing on its side with the length across the way horizontally with the longest piece from left to right .Sometimes I put something under it to stop damage to it like some clean carpet underfelt for example .I used to store it flat but as said it is always the case that if you either want to scan through them to find a sheet you need the flat way becomes a very hard job.As you know with my health probs it is out of the question nowadays to do such heavy work,and also I am far too lazy.LOL .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 04-06-2014 06:00 PM

You are right Alistair, Sterling board is about the same as OSB (oriented strand board)here in the States. Also used for sheathing roofs and walls.
I see that you use a bit of carpet under it, I use short 2×4 blocks to elevate it off the floor to keep moisture out and create a space for my fingers when trying to move it.

And please excuse my typing … I have dumb fingers … :)

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#13 posted 04-06-2014 07:37 PM

I think you should decide which is most feasible for you; to store them horizontally or vertically. I do both and pretty much get the same result in so far as cupping and twists. If you have limited space, vertical stacking might be the best option.


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#14 posted 04-06-2014 09:08 PM

For ply, I store it upright. I made a rack that I used string to make sure all the supports lined up.
I capped the bottom of the rack (2×4) which protect it from the concrete with 2” pvc pipe so it can easily be slid out.
I use 2×4 and clamps to keep the sheets pressed to the rack so they stay straight and don’t curl.

For real solid wood I have a large horizontal rack with 3 or 4 shelves it holds about 2 to 3 hundred board feet of wood.
When I get the wood in, I use stickers between the wood to acclimate it. Then I remove them. You can’t acclimate wood if it is not getting air.

B4 I am going to use it I pull it out and stand it up for a couple of days and let it acclimate again. Then I rough it out, and let it sit again.

You can see my racks 2 of them here: I have another set of racks for offcuts…
I made the solid rack from 2×4 verticals and 2×6 or 2×8 can’t remember that I cut to a wedge and rabbetted the wedge so it locks to the 2×4. I used shim wedges to zero the rack across to keep it level.

Whatever you decide, you will find it is not enough at times and at others you will wish you did it differently.
There is nothing wrong with storing it vertically as well. it’s easier to thumb through to find the wood you want.

-- Jeff NJ

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#15 posted 04-07-2014 08:18 AM

SCOTSMAN that sounds like what it is

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