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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2018, 09:49:09 AM »
In that case, I'd definitely want to stack lifts on top of eachother to reduce warpage and have a roof over head(even if it's just tin).  What you gain in structure from the pallet racking, you lose in not having weight on the stacks.  Some kind of Carport structure to act as a roof would work, stacking lifts on top of eachother inside.  Some weight on the top stack is good too.  In my sheds right now I just stack a layer or two of timbers on top.  More weight would be better.  Do you have a forklift or something with forks to lift stacks with?  Maybe that is the disconnect here?  If you have to hand move everything.... well you need a machine with forks.
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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #21 on: October 14, 2018, 12:09:22 AM »
Clarification:  Although I do not have unlimited space or unlimited resources, I do have a need and a plan for resolving that need; air drying species and sizes of lumber that I commonly mill, prior to going into my DH kiln.  I have gained a tremendous amount of information from the Forum; some of those things I have adopted, and there are other things that I would never do - they're just not me.   :P  

My intent was to document how I resolved my pre-drying needs, for those who might be interested; not to convince anyone that this was the ideal solution, or that any other method was incorrect.  I accept responsibility for how I handle my challenges; it is not my intent to push answers to unsolicited questions.   ;)

Although I have not had any significant issues with lumber distortion from my stacking, I do have a design for a weight system, if it becomes necessary.  And, although it was mentioned earlier in this thread, yes, I do have a forklift, along with a tractor w/FEL & forks, and a skid steer with forks.  That is why I felt comfortable buying pallet rack and custom-made pallets for this project.

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The roof is modular, built in 6' sections in case I need to extend, modify or move it to another location.
 

 
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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2018, 07:37:39 PM »
Tom, the sawmill yard looks great!  
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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2018, 12:45:37 PM »
Finished hanging the shade cloth.  30% on the North and East sides, 80% on the South and West sides.  Not a good day for photos but... it did happen.  Now I just have to fill up some pallets between the mobile jobs.  ;D


 
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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2018, 12:54:32 PM »
That looks great. I just wish I had some flat ground I could work with.

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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #25 on: October 31, 2018, 08:56:50 PM »
I also don't think you could get enough weight on if you are air drying hardwood. What I do is cover the ends of the piles with most anything to keep out the water, sun and wind. To my way of thinking the sides should not be obstructed with anything [for green lumber]. The only thing I have seen shade cloth used for was pine logs being kept wet in hot weather. Putting timbers on drying piles is something I don't do any more as packs of 1x work better. I sure would love to have those racks you built for dry lumber.

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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2018, 01:32:42 PM »
Y'know, if Tom found that his lumber would benefit from some top down gravity application, he could keep one weighted lumber pallet for the very top.
Scrap iron, concrete slabs or coffin lids, whatever.
He'd be able to shuffle his lumber pallets in the rack, then place the heavy "topper" onto the pile.

Looks very good Tom, well done.
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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #27 on: November 01, 2018, 09:47:13 PM »
I was looking at your picture in reply 22, you have a real nice place.  Every bit of infrastructure you add will be a great benefit in the long run.
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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #28 on: November 03, 2018, 11:53:18 AM »
Looking great Tom!  Thanks for taking us along with you on your journey.

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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2019, 07:45:50 PM »
 Got my pallet racks today.  I have enough for 4 sections wth 2 levels each.  I paid $23 total for these at an auction.  Had to dismantle myself, but I think it was a great deal.  These should be heavy duty enough I think.  Not sure about the color, but I take what I can get.  Now I have to figure out where to set them up.


 
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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #30 on: March 27, 2019, 10:02:29 PM »
That is a wonderful deal.  My set was about $800 as I recall.  If outside, make sure you bolt them down.  That tall and narrow, with the shade cloth on, they can move in high winds (until you get them loaded down).  :o
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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #31 on: March 27, 2019, 10:52:31 PM »
I had a car trailer full of it and did not use it, so gave it back to my cousin.  Very well done Tom.  I may have to rethink.  Or if he still has not used it, it would be free to someone.

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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2019, 11:43:39 PM »
Tom, how did you anchor the shade cloth? I build a drying shed and left both sides open then covered with shade cloth. One side I don't access lumber from so fixing the cloth with narrow boards works. The other side I used cable and rollers along the headers. Problem is the wind, blows the cloth like crazy.
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« Reply #33 on: April 02, 2019, 11:44:39 PM »
Should have added looks GREAT!
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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #34 on: April 03, 2019, 07:34:06 AM »
That looks good! I've got several set up in the shop at the sawmill loaded with stickered wood. I loaded a couple more shelves a week or so ago with 4/4 red oak to dry. Years ago Lowes was moving and had an auction. I went with the intention of buying a few shelves. Well they were selling it by the row, so I bid on a row and got it for what I thought was a good price. Apparently I then went into my happy place and was nodding to myself cause the next thing I heard, yup, I had won the next row too :D. Mamma was not happy!
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Re: Air Drying on Pallet Racks
« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2019, 08:50:18 PM »
The shade cloth comes with grommets every 2 feet.  Inside the roof framing I used large screw hooks to hang the shade cloth.  At this point, the bottom corners are restrained by bungee cords through 8x8x16 cement blocks.  Since the back would not be accessed, that shade cloth section is 36' long (32' run + 4' to cover the end).  If I need to access sections frequently, I may rig up a roll-up system for the front, 3, sections.
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