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Forum topic by treesner posted 08-27-2016 10:31 PM 2431 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-27-2016 10:31 PM

How do you guys store your wood, vertically or horizontally? The school woodshop always did vertical but I’ve been doing horizontal for long stuff.

Bout to move so will be able to rethink my system

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#1 posted 08-27-2016 11:13 PM

I store all my wood in the shop horizontal, & have for several years. I store lumber in my storage shed horizontal, on stickers whether it’s good & dry or not. Simply to keep it flat.

-- Sawdust703

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#2 posted 08-27-2016 11:28 PM

Mostly vertical. It’s much easier to go through boards when they are vertical. Anything I have that I have milled from logs that’s already dry goes vertical. If I buy something from the lumber store and it’s already surfaced and ready to use, I have horizontal racks.

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#3 posted 08-28-2016 01:03 AM

I have it stored both ways. I’ve got to find a way to use it up faster than I collect it.

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#4 posted 08-28-2016 01:25 AM

Vertical in the unfinished portion of the barn. I then bring it into the shop and sticker it horizontally to acclimate for 2-3 weeks before beginning a project.

-- Please Pray for Our Troops / Semper Fi / Bob Ross /

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#5 posted 08-28-2016 06:10 PM

Horizontal when I can. I made 2 racks (benches actually) from 2×4’s and spaced them with a gap in the middle so can I support long boards. If I ever run out of long boards I can remove the outer rack. Some stock I have stored vertically but never had much luck in working with it. Perhaps it would be better if I flipped it from time to time.

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 08-28-2016 07:31 PM

I’m able to store horizontal, but can see how that wouldn’t work for a lot of folks. Vertical is a lot handier (easier to pull out that special board that for me is always on the bottom) and if the wood is properly supported it won’t take a bow. I’m building a new shop right now and may switch to vertical once I get moved in.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#7 posted 08-28-2016 10:05 PM

What do you guys think about plywood vertical vs horizontal. Looking at a wood rack design and would like to store a few sheets and cut offs

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Jim Finn

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#8 posted 08-28-2016 10:37 PM

I am storing my eastern red cedar horizontally. I store 900 board feet. It takes me about two years to use that much. I will need to make a trip to the sawmill later this year, it seems.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#9 posted 08-28-2016 11:13 PM

I like how this one leaves room for scraps

And this one leaves room for tools on top

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#10 posted 08-28-2016 11:23 PM

I just finished a storage cart. I had to work around a garage door and window, and the cart was the only way I was going to get 8’ long storage. My last two garages/shops have had horizontal storage for long boards, and the plywood just leaned up against the wall as tight as I could get it. If it didn’t fit in the garage, it went in the shed, stored flat.

-- Phil

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#11 posted 08-29-2016 12:47 AM

I use both. Boards are stored horizontal (2×4 shelfs) and sheet goods also larger pieces are vertical

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 08-29-2016 11:30 AM

Foot Print,

In my 2-car garage, it’s all about the floor space. I had to tear down my A-frame storage rack to free up some to make room for a lathe. So sheet goods lean against the wall everything else: suspended from the ceiling or shelves high-up on the wall.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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