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ostro

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05-05-2020 08:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber storage space

I know that this has probably been beat to death, but I have some questions about lumber storage/space that I haven’t found on here or searching the web yet. I operate from home as of now…

I have very limited shop space (2 car detached garage with heat for the winter in Wisconsin)

One entire wall is already filled with lumber. Many different species. Horizontal storage for 10-12’ pieces and a little bit of vertical storage for sheet goods and larger/thicker materials. It is rotating stock, I’m out of the hoarder mindset :P

I am getting more lumber very soon (close to 3,000 board feet) I’ve been going through much more lumber recently and wanted to acquire some in bulk for pricing reasons, and I absolutely cannot pass up the deal on this.

Options I have considered so far:

Basement (always dry, as far as basements go, and not a far walk from the shop)
Outdoors (not a large yard, but could make something work – shed, tarps etc…)
Storage space (renting – not convenient/ideal in any way but might alleviate some space issues)

Anything I’m missing or pro’s & cons of each option? Have about $1k to play with for building proper storage but less would be ideal because… tools…


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#1 posted 05-05-2020 09:20 PM

I wish I had your problem I’m a bit jelly. :)

-- Aj

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#2 posted 05-05-2020 09:26 PM

You should only buy as you need. Storing lumber has its up and downs. The up side is you might get a deal, the down side is you kill the space needed to work on projects. I would rather have the space than to be compressed…

You need to rent a storage shed for about $45 a month…..

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#3 posted 05-05-2020 09:34 PM



I wish I had your problem I’m a bit jelly. :)

- Aj2

That’s my problem. Too much wood and because I mainly build furniture pieces these days the projects are much smaller and use less wood. I’m overwhelmed in hickory and walnut 8/4….I’m actually using walnut for Paint projects to get rid of it.

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#4 posted 05-05-2020 10:02 PM


I wish I had your problem I’m a bit jelly. :)

- Aj2

That s my problem. Too much wood and because I mainly build furniture pieces these days the projects are much smaller and use less wood. I m overwhelmed in hickory and walnut 8/4….I m actually using walnut for Paint projects to get rid of it.

- JackDuren


damn jack i wish i was close because id sure love to help you with that problem. ;-)

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 05-05-2020 10:29 PM

If not for virus, I would come to KC for bbg, and stop by for a load of walnut! Paint on walnut is a crime.

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#6 posted 05-05-2020 11:04 PM

I’m trying to use it up.

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#7 posted 05-05-2020 11:08 PM

Lumber storage has huge number of variables that prevent a ‘one size fits all’ solution?

Things like:
Location:
Weather outside: Hot, cold, wet, dry, windy – tornadoes, hurricanes?
Air dried .vs. Kiln dried: I don’t like to store air dried with kiln dried, as don’t want bug transfer.
Bark on or off: Bark attracts bugs, even with kiln dried lumber. Best to keep wood with bark indoors.
Required Access: Daily, weekly, or monthly?

Have used all kinds of wood storage over years.

Basements only work if they are bone dry, as wet basement keep wood moisture levels higher. Then when you move a piece to dry home, it shrinks and cracks. :-(

Simple lean-to outdoor wood shed works well. But space for 3000bdft is not small? Last time I looked, 3000bdft is ~6 bundles of wood, and just over half a load on semi-trailer?

In AZ, a popular choice if you have land area is sea shipping container. The 8×8x20 footers are perfect for building 30” wall racks on both sides. Close doors, add a humidifier and you have kiln in summer.

When you say you can’t pass up a good deal, be warned of hidden costs. I stumble across $1-2 bdft lumber all time, and have to pass it up. By time I transport it from bargain sawmills in Midwest where I used to live to where I live now in AZ, it costs me an extra $1-2. Then to pay for building space, or rented storage; the wood gets more expensive every time it is touched. Most time I find it cheaper to buy only what is needed for next 6-12 months?

Will share one trick: When you get wood cheap, don’t horde it. Buy the giant pile, keep the best stuff, and sell off 2/3rds of it for cost plus 30%, and now your wood is free and you need to store whole lot less. If you are not greedy with pricing, your friends will appreciate the low cost lumber opportunity too!

Best Luck!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#8 posted 05-05-2020 11:22 PM



I m trying to use it up.

- JackDuren


(tears running down my cheeks) ;-(

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 05-06-2020 02:12 AM

Thanks for the responses!

Not planning on hoarding, just lots and lots of building :P

Might have to consider selling off some of it at a good price. The sawmill I usually go to isn’t up and running at the moment.

By “I can’t pass this up” I really mean I can’t pass it up. Good quality ash, oak, beech and maple. All KD.

I’ll see how it goes in the next few days and update :)

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#10 posted 05-06-2020 02:13 AM

Nice walnut btw! That’s probably one I would hoard.

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#11 posted 05-06-2020 02:36 AM



Thanks for the responses!

Not planning on hoarding, just lots and lots of building :P

Might have to consider selling off some of it at a good price. The sawmill I usually go to isn t up and running at the moment.

By “I can t pass this up” I really mean I can t pass it up. Good quality ash, oak, beech and maple. All KD.

I ll see how it goes in the next few days and update :)

- ostro


hey they say he who dies with the most wood wins.and gets a free coffin-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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