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welbus
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New stickering method

Trying a new method of stickering lumber for drying. I use shorter lengths of 2x4's spaced at 16" then stack the boards on them, adding stickers over the 2x4's. After a log or two, I screw upright 2x4's on both sides to all the bottom 2x4's. Then I clamp and press the top 2x4 down and then screw it into place, boxing in all the slabs. The only movement possible comes from shrinkage. The pictures are of some walnut I'm currently cutting. Is there some other concerns that you could see with this method, or something else I should be worried about?  The main reason I come up with this idea, was that I was always running out of weight to place on my stickered wood.

Bill
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Welbus I found when I tried banding the piles they shrank and the banding was loose every few days. I changed to using cinch straps and every day or so I could just give them a few clicks to keep them tight.

welbus
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Bill, I figured that if they loosen, I can always just simply tap in some wood shims under the top 2x4 to tighten them all up, and keep tapping as needed.
Bill
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That's a good idea Welbus wedges would work just fine I found most the shrinking is done in the first few weeks then it slows down.
r.garrison1
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I have some white oak I banded, but the top one has cupped quite a bit. I need to be better about putting a cross piece on the top and bottom when I dry.
DavidM
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Bill suggested the ratchet straps a while back and I started using it when I’m kiln drying pecan. Works really well - almost every board comes out straight without cupping as long as I use good cross pieces and stickers.
r.garrison1
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I need to go down and get a handful of ratchet straps for this. I don't have many of the smaller ones.
Bill
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They work best when you round or just cut the corner off like I did with the top and bottom cross piece so the strap can slide easy.
DavidM
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I have started watching the Harbor Freight/Home Depot/Lowes sales and buy the multi packs of ratchet straps. I’ve managed to get a pretty good collection together - not only are they good for keeping the boards straight, bundles can be moved as a unit with the tractor. Real time saver
r.garrison1
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I've tried strapping, but the problem is that you have a more complicated time tightening when the wood shrinks as it dries. Ratchets seem so much simpler.
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