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Forum topic by Gary Fixler posted 06-16-2009 03:38 AM 2519 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gary Fixler

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06-16-2009 03:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resawing stacking stickering sticker stickers wood types drying question

I’m on the verge of resawing things now, and it’s time to think about stacking and stickering the small slabs I’ll be creating. Any reason not to use 1” strips of plywood? I’m not stacking huge slabs. Everything will be from logs between 3” and 11” wide, and under 3’ long. Is 3/4” plywood thick enough for airflow?

And what of other woods? This would be a good way to get rid of a lot of small scrap boards of poplar, for example. Which wood(s) is/are typically used for this?


-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 06-16-2009 03:53 AM

I used 3/4” cabinet grade plywood scraps to dry 300 bdft of cherry inside a garage with no problem. As long as they’re protected from rain, I don’t see a problem.

P.S. I loved your lighted storage shelves!

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#2 posted 06-16-2009 06:00 AM

I think someone posted on a forum here not too long ago (within the last month) that generally speaking – because the wood being dried is still somewhat moist- it might cause the glues in the plywood to mark the lumber.

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#3 posted 06-16-2009 11:58 PM

Looks like 1 for, 1 against. Now what!?

Haha. Thanks guys. I will probably give it a go, seeing as how a lot of the wood I’ll be drying is just experimental stuff – like Ficus, which isn’t supposed to be very good wood to begin with. I can always plane away any marks.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 06-17-2009 12:51 AM

Don;t count on being able to plane anything way, it may penetrate??

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-17-2009 10:05 AM

Ugh, you’re right, Topamax, like those darn Jorgensen clamps with the orange rubber pads. They seep some kind of oil into wood when you clamp with them. It got into some birch I clamped more than 1/32” deep, and it was very dark. I sanded and sanded and sanded, but only managed to lighten it, and make my project a bit thinner in the process.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 06-17-2009 02:16 PM

Gary, I’m a fan of your blogs. I would rip up some 1×1 KD strips and groove each side so it looked like a H This will give you max air flow and will not leave a mark on your pieces. This is called a fluted sticker.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#7 posted 06-18-2009 07:41 PM

Scott – thanks for that info. I had no idea such things existed.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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