Lumber #2: Shorts, and a T

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 02-09-2009 06:28 PM 7872 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: There can never be too much Part 2 of Lumber series Part 3: Medium Rare, just like I like it. »

I’ve got the shorts sorted out, but still don’t have a T ruler… one step at a time.

So I took the table saw, shop vac, outfeed roller, and everything else that was in the way out of the garage and started organizing the stack of shorts I got.

to the ordinary person passing by, I might have looked like a psycho – cleaning board by board with compressed air to clean the wood – from the wood dust on it (these all came from a manufacturing shop and were covered with an inch of saw dust… I decided to clean them out before storing them so that I don’t store dust in my garage – call me crazy). But i think I removed about a ton of weight from this lumber this way.

Originally I was planing on constructing some sort of cubbys under my 2 work tables (originally were office cubicle walls) but for lack of time, energy, and since I didn’t want to waste much space for storage with cubbys dividers (and rightfully so) I decided to keep it simple, and just have a long shelf (10’ 2×10 ripped in the middle into 2 strips). this produces 4 areas for storage which helped me organize the lumber by specie.

Short lumber sorted

To avoid exposing the lumber to the concrete floor slab, I insulated the floor under the storage area with foam mats (costco/home improvement center) which raised the lumber 1/2” higher above the floor, and keeps it dry(er).

anything that was much longer than 2’ and would protrude too much out of the shorts storage, I placed standing up in the back (for now… maybe organize better later if I must)

Short lumber Organized

I like being able to see the pieces I have (width/thickness) and being able to get to each piece and pull it out without having to dig through piles of pieces looking for something that I’m not sure is even there – so this setup hopefully will work out well for me.

finally found a purpose for that space under the tables – and now I don’t have it anymore – but for a good cause.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 02-09-2009 06:41 PM

I guess you don’t need me to come by and clean up for you!
I am sooooo jealous! I think I’ll take a little trip to my wood supplier and see what he has!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 02-09-2009 06:42 PM

Ahhhh…... Wwooooood…. lol

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 02-09-2009 06:46 PM

Drool drool drool drool…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 02-09-2009 06:48 PM

Ellen – I left the door open over night, and left the broom by the entrance like I said… but the next morning it was still all there… so I had to go about it myself. you’re still welcome to stop by and act as if you’re cleaning ;) and browse for pieces

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 02-09-2009 08:13 PM

Here is a suggestion. You wouldn’t want to go back and mark every piece unless you just have some spare time. But what about marking the dimensions on the end of the board when putting them into your rack. Then you would know the dimension at a glance when looking for a certain size. Wood storage is always a problem but looks like you came up with a good solution.

-- Dustmaker, Kansas

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 02-09-2009 08:40 PM

Hi PurpLev;

Great solution, great stash!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 02-09-2009 08:46 PM

I had a plan like that when i built my wood rack. The bottom corner layer was for shorts. I filled it up and then stacked other stuff on the floor in front. So now I can’t get to it. But maybe someday. The door and window MFG that I pick up scrap for our toy making stores the length on each piece when it’s put in the bins. that way if someone is looking for a replacement for a damaged piece they can pick out the one they want easier. I get the under 34” pieces because no-one goes there to get a spare piece. usually the longer pieces are used.

I’ve pretty well picked them clean when I took this picture. The lower right one is South American Mahogany and I’ve not grabbed it yet.

All loaded in my car. This is all Sapele Wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 02-09-2009 09:05 PM

You guys are organized.. I don’t dare to show what mess is under every bench in my shop. Some day i’ll take the time and organize it.
Karson, I like how you labeled the bins.

-- Ron,R.A.Shepard Woodworking,Massachusetts

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#9 posted 02-09-2009 09:18 PM

Pretty good organization and a lot of wood!

I just put what I have on one of those metal shelving units.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 02-09-2009 11:12 PM

Ron: The labeling was on the wood storage racks at the Door and Window MFG. It’s from those bins I scrounge some wood.

I wish mine was so organized, But I kind of know what’s in each compartment.

Each compartment is 2’ X 4’ and 10’ deep and contain about 800 BD Ft of wood. The rack is 12’ high. In front is my Trojan Horse that I use to climb up the rack and select wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 02-09-2009 11:21 PM

Karson, I think the Door&Window MFG need to start coming to your shop to look for wood…. nice setup

as far as marking each piece with it’s size dustmaker- I wouldn’t go that far, I just look for rough sizes, and I can tell those sizes by just looking at the end of a piece. thats why I have all pieces facing forward with their end grain.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 03-06-2009 03:36 PM

Thanks for the great idea Lev.

I knew I’d need some short storing in my soon-to-be new shop, but I hadn’t even considered this type of storage. I was going to have mostly enclosed cabinets, but now I’ll be assigning some areas to shorts cubicles.

I’m going to steal this idea if you don’t mind. ;-)

Karson- do you happen to know a manufacturer in my area that will share with me as well? Isn’t it good to have friends?

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#13 posted 03-06-2009 06:19 PM

Steal away Zac, Steal away… thats why it’s posted here in the first place ;o)

glad you liked it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Gary Fixler

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#14 posted 03-10-2009 01:36 AM

Look at all of that wood! Sheesh!

I would kill people for that much room. That’s right… murder.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#15 posted 05-26-2010 10:00 PM

Thats one nice pile of wood! Im workin on mine and already running out of room! I need a better storage rack solution , than the current pallet situation. ....I totally scored today from out local mill on some flowering cherry….240 bdft (felt like more) for $0.50c a bdft….air dried. and i managed to get it all in th ol bmw trunk and back seat. They were shorts….all 3.5ft and lots of nice and wide ones :)

Ive been a member here for awhile i guess but never post… Ive seen most of yall here and read your posts
Take care, and i hope to post more, with some pics!

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