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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #30 on: September 29, 2021, 10:42:39 PM »
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This sounds like a good candidate for a 3D printed jig.
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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #31 on: September 30, 2021, 08:01:12 AM »
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Bryan thanks!
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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #32 on: September 30, 2021, 10:16:06 AM »
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Just FYI, for quite a long time now, ALS (American Lumber Standard) unit sizes have been 24” H x 48” W.
That’s not to say that some mills didn’t deviate from that, particularly in lower grade, random length lumber or in earlier eras.

Bundles 2' tall will stack 5 rows on a centerbeam flatcar. 2 1/2' tall will stack 4 rows on a flatcar. (The most common I see around here.) I've also seen some mills load 3 rows on a centerbeam, which would be something like 3 1/2' tall bundles. This is much less common.

4' wide is pretty standard and that's what will load a centerbeam.

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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #33 on: September 30, 2021, 04:59:36 PM »
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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #34 on: September 30, 2021, 05:05:40 PM »
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I am surrendering to the https://www.rslaserkits.com/3520-Assorted-Lumber-Stacks_p_3873.html

Heh.  Don't feel bad; that's what I would probably do, too.  ;)

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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #36 on: October 03, 2021, 08:27:40 PM »
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I am going back in this week with proper materials. Stand by!
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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #37 on: October 04, 2021, 05:06:29 PM »
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Beta test...It will get better....The painters tape might be too thick for N. Will try scotch tape next. Gorilla glue to the rescue for the stacks.
This is a cheap water color pad for the painted ends. Will use acrylics on next stack. I got a chart of the colors and size they represent.

"We used color to designate length. I can still remember ; white=6', yellow=8', green=10', blue=12', black=16' loading"



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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #38 on: October 04, 2021, 05:39:15 PM »
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"We used color to designate length. I can still remember ; white=6', yellow=8', green=10', blue=12', black=16' loading"


Interesting.  I've never heard of that. 
The entire reason the ends are painted is in an effort try to seal them to prevent end checking.
In the PNW, red is by far the most common followed distantly by green from a couple of mills.
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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #39 on: October 04, 2021, 05:59:49 PM »
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I found that on Google. It also said to seal the wood.
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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #40 on: October 04, 2021, 06:05:07 PM »
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It's so you know what piece of strip wood to use in your kit  :P

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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #41 on: October 04, 2021, 06:19:57 PM »
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I found that on Google.


Oh, well then it has to be true.   ;)  :)
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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #42 on: October 04, 2021, 08:05:52 PM »
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Why do they paint the ends of lumber?

Moisture evaporates more quickly through porous end-grain than through edge-grain. When this happens, the ends of the board shrink in width faster than the center, and the board cracks as the center resists movement. Sealing the end-grain with paint or wax equalizes board shrinkage and avoids splits. May 18, 1990

https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?216432-Wood-Paint-do-colors-mean-anything
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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #43 on: October 04, 2021, 08:13:44 PM »
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Why do they paint the ends of lumber?

Moisture evaporates more quickly through porous end-grain than through edge-grain. When this happens, the ends of the board shrink in width faster than the center, and the board cracks as the center resists movement. Sealing the end-grain with paint or wax equalizes board shrinkage and avoids splits. May 18, 1990

https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?216432-Wood-Paint-do-colors-mean-anything


Chuck, I was kidding about the different colors for different lengths.

I’ve been in the lumber business for 26 years, starting in the business as a salesman for a sawmill.
I moved on to wholesaling in 1998 and have owned my own brokerage since 2009.
I do know the purpose of Red end seal.   ;)
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Re: Creating Lumber Stacks
« Reply #44 on: October 04, 2021, 08:21:03 PM »
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