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« on: August 04, 2019, 08:39:22 PM »
We had considered pouring a slab under our mill shed to air dry lumber on and we have several stacks around on pt 8x8's and concrete blocks that do the job. The last time I checked the price of concrete locally it was $150 a yard. Friday, John and I used some extra 2x10's and some short pieces of utility poles to make some drying piers or platforms.  If they work out right, we may make some more.  I hit some barbed wire with three more boards to saw in the log and did not change the blade until the next log.  The boards will be fine for uses like this.  I stacked some 2x10x16' on it today.  Hopefully we will have time to cut more tomorrow.  We have about 25 Longleaf pine logs that have been sitting around too long and need to be sawn or burned.  Hopefully we can get something out of them, even if it is just saw donkeys, pallets and platforms.
 

 

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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2019, 08:44:38 PM »
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Re: air drying platforms
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2019, 11:18:02 PM »
Having that airflow under there will be a great help, not to mention reduce the copperhead population. Are you going to hand stack on top of the platform or build lumber pallets and use the forks to set and remove the bundle? 
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2019, 05:06:35 AM »
I hand stacked some 2x10x16 longleaf on the platform yesterday evening.  The plan is to be able to use the tractor forks to stack with on pallets (we still need to build pallets).  The platform is 16' x 42" to match the length of my forks.  If this works well, we will probably add another platform on the back side of this one so it can share poles and be covered with four pieces of roofing metal.

I have never seen a copperhead here but plenty of moccasins, coral snakes, ground rattlers and a few diamond backs along with bookoodles of nonvenomous black racers, rat snakes, and banded water snakes.

WoodDoc posted a USDA link to drying lumber and there were some drying platforms in there.  We wanted these up off of the ground a little but not so high that we could not easily cover it.  We never seem to have enough space to stack.  This was easier than building more sheds.
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Re: air drying platforms
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2019, 10:30:51 AM »
What makes these so useful is the large open air space underneath, which allows the bottom layers in the stack to dry quickly...as quickly (almost) as the upper layers.  It is not just enough to lift the first layer up, but there must be an easy way for the air underneath to get out from underneath, as you have done here.

Remember that when you go into a kiln, it is the wettest lumber that determines the drying time, so anything to avoid slow drying and wetter lumber has a huge payback.
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2019, 12:49:47 PM »
What a nice looking platform. And I just happen to have some short power pole butt ends that I've been wondering what to do with. I'll add it to the list of projects.

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Re: air drying platforms
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2019, 02:22:35 PM »
caveman:  that looks like a great way to do it.  nice looking.   smiley_thumbsup
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Re: air drying platforms
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2019, 03:23:08 PM »
I hand stacked some 2x10x16 longleaf on the platform yesterday evening.  The plan is to be able to use the tractor forks to stack with on pallets (we still need to build pallets).  The platform is 16' x 42" to match the length of my forks.  If this works well, we will probably add another platform on the back side of this one so it can share poles and be covered with four pieces of roofing metal.

I have never seen a copperhead here but plenty of moccasins, coral snakes, ground rattlers and a few diamond backs along with bookoodles of nonvenomous black racers, rat snakes, and banded water snakes.

WoodDoc posted a USDA link to drying lumber and there were some drying platforms in there.  We wanted these up off of the ground a little but not so high that we could not easily cover it.  We never seem to have enough space to stack.  This was easier than building more sheds.
Can't stand a copperhead. Be glad you don't have them in Florida. Although not as poisonous as the snakes you have, they don't fear being around humans and they are more aggressive than others (moccasins get an underserved bad rap for aggressiveness). Also, copperheads are darned hard to see.

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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2019, 04:08:43 PM »
Thanks for the encouraging words.  If this one works as planned we will probably build a few more.  

MRedden, Florida has copperheads but I have not seen any where I live.  I haven't seen any boas or pythons in the wild here either but they are evidently just a little south of us.  Your copperhead is hard to see.  As brightly colored as coral snakes are they do a pretty good job of hiding in leaves too but not as good as your copperhead.
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2019, 11:01:24 PM »
We get lots of them. They like to hide under stacks of boards, logs, hay bales, just about anywhere. That one was hard to spot. I had to find the head first before I could see the rest of him. I would have gotten bitten by one last month if I hadn't had my boots on while cleaning up an old pile of lumber. Find one or two just about every time I clean up the slab pile.
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2019, 04:16:30 AM »
Alright guys are you making this up?  I don't see no snake.  Banjo
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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2019, 04:41:40 AM »
tail in the Left lower corner, head to the left of the leaf.  hard to see, and I guess that is the point! ;)
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2019, 05:41:25 AM »
I still don't see it.  How much of the snake is in the red circle?  My wife will be up in an hour or so, I'll see if she can see it.  I have been diagonsed with a macular hole in my right eye, maybe that is messing me up.  Banjo
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2019, 05:54:14 AM »
it is hard to see.  look for darker brown triangular marks, the snake is in an S formation.  the circle goes around the whole snake with a bit of margin.  it is not your eyes but it is hard to see.  even having seen it, I have to look each time.  can you enlarge the image on your screen?
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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2019, 06:14:32 AM »
I see it now.  Guess I would have stepped on that one.  

Nice drying platform as well.  I too have some short power poles that will work good for what you have there.  Thanks for posting...thanks again Doc.  Even after you told me exactly where to look, it was hard to see.  Banjo
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« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2019, 08:43:30 AM »
Now I'm wondering about putting a little taller poles in the ground, so they're maybe 7' high, and putting rafters and a roof over the whole thing.

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Caveman, how are you fastening your 2x4's?  Timberloks?  Toenail?
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« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2019, 09:16:56 AM »
I got old posts too, how deep did you plant them, just wondering about frost heave.
So if you made the center poles longer and add roof and some shade cloth keep the rain off . That would get one 4) 8 ft lefts. 
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« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2019, 10:42:51 AM »
There aint no frost heave in Florida, just sand heave  :D.
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