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Forum topic by Bruce1963 posted 02-28-2016 03:38 PM 1561 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2016 03:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut drying stacking warped

After a lot of work, I now have about 2,000 bf of walnut stacked and drying, and I have a few questions.

It was a heckuva project-with one comedic slight hit that cost me a hundred bucks for some siding, and one very tense (two broken ropes and the tree sitting back down into the kerf) situation where I nearly owned a shed and all of its contents. In both situations-my friends were putting tension on the tree while I was cutting, and things went wrong. On the second situation-where the tree curved toward and over the shed-I made my buddy take over cutting while I put proper tension on the rope to guide the tree down. But it’s all done now but for the drying.

My question is—you can see I stacked the lumber with stickers, and got it pretty level, starting on pallets. But at some point the stack tilted over-I went pretty high, and critters like to climb. Will my Leaning Tower of Walnut cause the boards to be badly warped?

I did get some beautiful wood out of it. If anybody has the chance to do this, I recommend it despite the challenges. You’ll have some good stories with friends.

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#1 posted 02-28-2016 04:34 PM

nice score! in all honesty and just my opinion i would start over. there are some excellent articles on the www on air drying lumber and why a solid,level base is important.
and get them ends sealed.

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#2 posted 03-04-2016 05:10 AM

Yes, its going to warp stacked like that. Either put some cement blocks on top or put straps around them. Or restack the whole works properly. It will take whatever final shape you let it. Looking at those leaning stacks Id say you’re making some expensive firewood.

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#3 posted 03-04-2016 05:48 AM

I believe they call that sweat equity.

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 03-04-2016 07:38 AM

I use cedar 4×6’s to make base supports every 18”. Then I stack a lot wider wit wider stickers too. It helps to keep everything locked together. That type of shed is perfect for air drying. Keeps the rain off, but open to the wind.

Write the date you put the lumber up somewhere on the stack. My wife and I always disagree as to when each stack was put up. Was that January or October?
You’ll be well stocked in about a year.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 03-04-2016 11:11 AM

Paint the ends!

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#6 posted 03-05-2016 01:26 AM

Ugh. They do look straight by the log, if you will, with evenness as you look down the boards. But I guess I have a weekend coming up soon doing it all over again. (whining like a baby).

And the ends are sealed-I forget the name of the stuff but it is made for the purpose. I still have some checking though.

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#7 posted 03-08-2016 01:36 AM

In addition to what others have said, some cinderblocks on top, too. The half-height, solid ones are best. Lots. And get the whole thing out of the sun, or at least turn the boards so the end grain isn’t getting direct sunlight.

Also, those large pieces will probably crack a lot. If they’re for turning rough them out as soon as possible.

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