a gas-pipe lumber rack

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Blog series by metolius updated 06-16-2019 11:21 PM 4 parts 1293 reads 0 comments total

Part 1: design

06-03-2019 09:54 PM by metolius | 0 comments »

I have had a long relationship with a pile of lumber that has been growing in the corner of my garage. I haven’t taken particularly good care of it all. While I’ve mostly kept it off the concrete with 2×4 stringers, its a pile. Not a pile of good wood; it is junk, cut-offs, things I’ve pulled from curb piles … I’d love to be curating something of value, but I this pile is no home for nice things. Until this is fixed, I deserve no better. Considering ...

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Part 2: floors

06-03-2019 10:45 PM by metolius | 0 comments »

My first unexpected challenge: uneven floors. Along the walls, the floor is cracked and sunken. Too much inconsistency to sanely install the platform base for vertical storage. This picture is with the floor cleaned and primed for leveling.You can see the pattern here is as-if the weight of the walls has pushed the floor down along the edge. Two 50lb bags of rapid-set leveler later …

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Part 3: post preparation

06-04-2019 10:02 PM by metolius | 0 comments »

About a half mile from my home is the lumber yard of I go there at times to browse through their slabs and imagine some of them sitting up on a new lumber rack in the garage. They specialize in stocking slabs derived from local trees cut down for disease or construction. Most of this is soft-maple, walnut, western cedar, and myrtle. They’ll sometimes even have provenance papers on the slabs that document the where, when, and why of the slab’s histor...

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Part 4: more post preparation

06-16-2019 11:21 PM by metolius | 0 comments »

After 85 7/8 inch holes, the 4×4’s needed some cleanup. Mowing down the rough cut fibers … leveling some skips .. some stopped chamfers reduce the look of dimensional lumber a tiny bit Since I’ve gone this far, I suppose I may also consider a stain or finish.

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