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04-23-2014 02:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed store outside

I have between 800 and 1500bf of reclaimed 2×4s, 4×4s, 2×6s, 2×8s and 2×10s all different lengths from 2’ to 17’.. I have no choice but to store it outside, what is the best way to do it??


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#1 posted 04-23-2014 02:35 AM

Get it as high off the ground as you can, stack it neatly, stickered, and cover it. I’m assuming this is framing lumber such as spruce/pine/fir?

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#2 posted 04-23-2014 03:23 AM

Stock up on planer knives. I never have seen any reclaimed boards that don’t have at least one nail that the magnet missed. Knives cost more than I ever saved with reclaimed or pallet wood. Really check the wood thoroughly.

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#3 posted 04-23-2014 03:56 AM

Yes, it is pine, cedar and some spruce.. I was asked to demo a large deck and pool house that was built in the early 80s.. Had to toss/burn 3/4s of it, but was able to save some really good lumber. I don’t think I am going to plane it, I think I am just going to use it as is for garden sheds, workbenches rough stuff!! I have it temporarily stacked and stickered, but it is only 4”/6” off the ground..

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#4 posted 04-23-2014 07:59 PM

A set (or three) of sacrificial saw benches seems like the ticket, though you should be okay at six inches as long as it’s covered. You just don’t want to trap moisture in, just as you try to keep it out.

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 10:45 PM

I don’t have any horses (that I don’t need non a job) at this time, but I may take some of the 2×4s and make some as soon as I can. Is it better to stack the boards vertical?? Thank yous for your help!!

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 10:51 PM

No. Stay horizontal and straight as possibl. If you can manage an opaque cover will protect the color of any pieces not yet exposed to sunlight for an extended period.

My opinion is the effort should be relative to the value of the wood. It seems this wood is valuable to you, so maybe the effort is worth it.

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#7 posted 04-24-2014 12:49 AM

I have built a thing or two using 2×4’s and 2×6’s cut down.

Legs for new work bench.

And frame.

And mobile workstation.

Good luck.
Mike

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#8 posted 04-24-2014 01:25 AM

Sheet’s of corrugated iron/metal roofing on top work well for storing so you can keep the stacks dry but still let the air circulate.

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#9 posted 04-24-2014 04:14 PM

Sorry I should have specified what I meant by vertical, I meant with say the 2×4s, stacking them on the 2” side insteadof laying them on the 4” side..

Mike, you do aamazing work my friend, hope you don’t mind if I steal a few of your ideas!!

I like the metal roof idea, think I may see if I can snag some from the scrap pile at work..

I had no choice but to wrap a tarp around it last night due to we are supposed to get over an inch of rain today..

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