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Forum topic by VMTW posted 10-21-2014 05:20 PM 1073 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2014 05:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: oak

We are building an addition on the house, and had to cut down a very nice Red oak that was in the way. I had a guy with a bandsaw mill pick it up to take it back to his place to saw and sticker it. That was this spring. He delivered it a few weeks ago, and I have moved it into the basement of the new addition.

I plan to dry it for a year.

The question is after it is dry, how do I find the right piece of wood in the pile when I want to build something? This wood is heavy, especially now while it is wet. The large pile on the left is 12-14 feet long, the right pile is 8 foot. I saw a number of nice clear pieces when I was re-stacking it, that are buried now.

Their is approximately 1,400 board feet of lumber here and the bill for pick-up, sawing, stickering, and delivery was $550


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#1 posted 10-21-2014 05:35 PM

Although storing wood horizontally and stickered is the preferred method to store your wood to help it dry and keeping it flat. Many hardwood suppliers store their wood vertically after it’s dry so perspective buyers can sort through it easier.

I would suggest you put something under you wood, on top of the concrete to keep the moisture in the concrete from migrating up into your lumber,such as roofing felt. In an inclosed are like a basement it would be a good idea to run a dehumidifier also

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 05:41 PM

I store my wood in stickered stacks like that as well. Once I pull a board from the pile I mill it to S3S, and sort it according to thickness in a vertical rack. I keep milling lumber until I find the right pieces for my project. Then at some point you will have a bunch of ready to use lumber. That is a real joy to find what you need in the vertical rack, as it’s so much easier to sort through.

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 05:46 PM

You got a good deal there. You can look at the end grain to determine what is possibly in the pile.


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#4 posted 10-21-2014 06:01 PM

I had to move my stack of white oak, so I graded and marked each piece’s rougher side, I also used white chalk to mark where along the board there were any issues. So if there was a 1 inch knot 2 feet along one sIde I marked it on the rough face with the chalk, so with a glance I can see what length I might get. I kept the rougher side facing out. I stacked by size, all the 16 inch first then 14, then 10, then 5 inch.

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#5 posted 10-21-2014 06:28 PM

It takes a little time but as you stack your lumber use an office stapler or thumbtacks to fasten tags to the end of each board. Written info on the tag saves a great deal of frustration when searching for the right board. You might even want to color code for quality of the wood. Both are eazy to remove.

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