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Forum topic by Partridge posted 08-20-2007 05:50 AM 1004 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2007 05:50 AM

When they ask me how wide to cut plank i told him as wide as possible and 1- 1/4 think. I also got some 2-1/2 thick.

‘Q’ s
• What do I paint ends with<latex>??
• To marrow night I am going to restack and sticker. Is 1/4 of a in. enough between boards
• If they are 10’ long how far apart should I put supports?

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#1 posted 08-20-2007 06:11 AM

Partridge, just did a series on a small lumbermill operator. They talked about sealing the ends and distance between supports when stacking for air drying. I dont recall if they gave the specific name of the end sealant used but I do recall them saying you need to put the supports closer rather than farther apart, otherwise you’ll end up with wavy boards after they dry. They said at most 2 feet apart for hardwoods, 18 inches for softwoods. He was using 3/4 inch stickers.

The link is here, I dont know if it is subscription only.

Another point made was keep the end stickers as close to the ends as possible. The operator said the end checks will go in as far as the end sticker, so keep em close to the ends.

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#2 posted 08-20-2007 01:14 PM

there’s some discussion here.

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#3 posted 08-20-2007 01:59 PM

I’ve had good results using yellow carpenters glue. I give it a couple of coats, because it soaks in. I think the waterproof version would be best. I’ve got some Maple wood turning blanks, about 6” square on a shelf for several years, with no cracks. They recommend watering the glue down a little, but I always use it full strength.

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