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Discussion in 'Milling & Saw Mills' started by BJD85, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. Mad Professor

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    As mentioned weight on top will help force the flitches flat as they dry. The more weight the better. Also could make stacks taller as the stack will weight lower layers.

    With large logs, I often use the center 6 X 6" as beams (box the heart"). This makes the most stable beams and contains the pith. These are good to start stacks on and/or weight the top of stacks. Not really practical with smaller logs.

    It would be good if your bottom course was a little higher off the floor for ventilation.

    When I worked at a mill we had a "bander", which was a device to cinch up metal strapping to hold the stack in place and compress any boards with warp/twist. You might be able to do the same with a few ratcheting tie downs around the stacks..
     
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    Ok thanks for the quick responses guys. Im going out to restack now. I have picked up some better stickers a bit straighter and more hard. I also made some shims to level the base im going to set. Probably going to stack 2x4 to get it up off the ground a bit. I'll post so.e more pics when I finish. And whats the deal with the bark should I strip in now while im at it?
     
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    What you have stacked, is flitches, unedged-boards. They have the bark and waste wood on the edges. If set outside bugs love bark and unseasoned wood. That depends on wood species and location.

    I have a small logosol mill that I can stack the flitches, on edge, and mill off the edgings . That gives me square boards that I stack. Also gets rid of favorite places for bugs.

    Stacking flitches is fine, if you do it so they can: dry, resist warps/twists, and bugs.

    If you have, used cinder blocks or bricks, that will get the stack off the floor, just keep the base level. Ventilate area, fans and/or a dehumidifier if closed door.

    Keep an eye out for signs of bugs, holes in the wood or frass/"sawdust".

    Don't stress out too much. You look to be doing fine so far.
     
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    Looks like you are off and running! Make sure you have enough air flow in the garage, otherwise you will have surface mold. You can use racket straps around the stack to keep things locked together (similar to the "banding" mentioned in another comment).
     
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    Bugs like to hang out under bark as it loosens up while drying.
    Remove the bark and you remove that habitat.
     
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    This stack is clear 5/4 cherry. Been outside a year but covered with corragated roofing. 10-13' A couple 6 X 6 " on top 5:4 cherry stack.png


    5:4 cherry 3.jpg
     
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    Yep you definitely want to start and finish sticker placement at the ends of the slabs.
    I use 3/4" thick stickers on lumber up to about 36" wide 1" for wider than this.
    I place them about 18" apart.
     
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    I like to do stickers 1 1/2" X 1". Then if you cut them a little off , or you grab one that is not milled right, you still put the sticker down wide side.

    A wancky sticker will make a row (s)of board warped too.

    Now I have skimped on stickers too. Sometimes an edging from a flitch will fill in, it it's width.
     
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    Guys I come out to start the oak and this is what I found. Should I mill it or give up? I cut it open at the end and I dont see any bugs[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    6" spacing would be overkill. We usually go with 4-6ft, depending on what the lumber is.
     
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    What is the blue stuf?
     
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    The bark came off at the end of the log so i painted it as a deaperate attempt to seal it. That part was getting cut off before milling anyhow as it was on top right where I would set my guide rails. Lol, pretty stupid I know but I dropped the tree and then ordered my mill and started doing research. Went in to straigh panic mode. it looks like bugs digging in though. Right through thw paint too. Little tails of saw dust coming out from a hole. I cut into it amd didnt see any further damage.
     
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    Andhow this was the other half of the tree. It had no sighns of bugs so I milled it uobas quickly as possible. I think this is oak? Please forgive my ignorance. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    The flares on the left side of the heart wood shows it to be oak. Color different between sapwood and the heart wood says it may be red oak. If I'm wrong someone will point it out & we both learn more.
     
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    Bugs could be powder post beetles.

    There is a site called woodweb. PHD of forestry Mr. Wengert might be able to say for sure.

    Borax/Borate sprays will keep bugs out.
     
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    I'll go with a red oak also; bark is consistent.

    Drying boards in your Maytag will be hard on the dryer.
     
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    I CANT GET EM TO FIT IN!!!!!!
     
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    PPBeetles in your house is not a good thing.

    Spray with borax.
     
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    I havent brought that log inside and the other has no sighn of bugs. Still going to get and spray borax. I hooe,it dosent,have any at least
     
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    Ok so borax as in the cleaner? I looked it up but do I need to mix anything with the borax? Will it damage the wood? Can ease elaborate on this? I know your all probably shaking your heads by now but thanks in advance
     
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