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storing wood preferences?

What options are there to best way to keep it? Vertical like the home stores, or on wood blocks(4 x 4) on floor? Got some red oak now

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I always stored my lumber and Plywood vertically.
Sorting through your lumber is much easier moving the boards vertically than horizontally.

I will try to find a photo of my plywood rack which was also vertical. Much easier to move plywood vertically. If the sheet is vertical, just walk up to it backwards. When you reach it, just put your hands behind your your back and pull the board forward till it is against your back. With you hands still behind you, just lift the sheet a few inches and walk away with it resting on your back while you are still almost vertical.
Removing the plywood from your back and putting it on the table saw must be done in full privacy. Trust me on that one.
Walk toward your table saw and stop about 4 feet in front of it. Bend down leaning forward and while still holding the board behind you back, slowly drop to your knees. The top of the board will lay on the front of your table saw and you just crawl out from under it.
Looks funny, sounds strange, but.....you can do it all by your self.
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-05-2020, 05:59 PM
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I store boards vertically!

When they are horizontal you can't get to the ones on the bottom, usually the larger and longer ones without transferring all the ones on the top to another stack, which is not always available.


Stored vertically, you just lean the front ones forward against your leg or body and scoot out the one you need, even from the back. I store plywood vertically where it's practical.


Shorter "scraps" and lengths go vertically into cardboard boxes cut off at various heights OR 5 gal pails. However, the round pails are not as space efficient as the rectangular boxes.


The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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I switched to vertical years ago because of the reasons stated - I couldn't get to the boards below without moving everything. And in my case, just about nowhere to put the boards once I moved them. Now that I have about three times as much wood it would never have worked to be horizontal.

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Sometimes your wood is longer than your ceiling height. No choice. I try not to did unless I'm actually gonna start a project to see what I have...
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My vertical plywood rack partially visible just past the table saw is on the opposite wall from the vertical wood rack.
i'm trying to remember and I think it was all built with a bunch of 1/2" MDF that I had laying around. The only solid wood used was the arms sticking out to prevent the wood from sliding sideways and off the rack

The angle or slope backwards was determined by how the sheets fell. I stood up the plywood on the floor and away from the wall by about a foot or so. I would hold the plywood and let it fall backwards toward the wall. I kept moving the ply closer and closer to the wall till I got to the point where it barely fell backwards and yet not fall forward until I was comfortable with it. then I just measured the distance from the plywood touching the floor to the wall. I used that as my basis for the dimensions.

This was done inside a self storage unit 11 X 30 and front was about 10 feet high and rear was around 14 feet high.
It is fairly common in my area for people to run small businesses out of these units.
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