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Sawmill School - Cutting Blocking & Stickers to Air Dry Your Lumber

What is the most valuable wood you'll mill? .... It may be the kind you'll probably never sell a single piece of: STICKERS --

Stickers help you preserve (and maximize!!!) the value of your milled timber, by allowing boards to dry properly and minimize warping.

These small but important pieces of lumber can come from your ugliest logs.

In this video, Norwood sawyer, Dave Boyt, shares how he saws blocking & stickers, and how he stacks his boards to maximize the yield and value of his wood.

There are loads of sawmilling tips, tricks and wisdom in Norwood's comprehensive book – "The Ultimate Guide to Portable Sawmills". Within its 158 pages, there is a whole chapter devoted to drying wood. You can order yours online at

For more information on Norwood Sawmills, visit

  • Share Your Thoughts or Ask Your Question

  • Ben Roberts

    If you are lucky enough to come from country where tobacco Was king at one time you can get a generous supply from tobacco sticks not used by the farmer anymore, they are 1 x1 x48 inches .often they are free!

    September 28, 2019
  • Eric Schoenborn

    I noticed that you have small wood pieces attached to the edge of the cross bunks. Can you tell me why?

    November 4, 2019
  • Dan Bruner

    Outstanding Dave, I have really learned from you thanks

    February 24, 2020
  • Randall Allen JUDD

    Can you use green wood for stickers or do you have to use dried wood?

    August 23, 2021

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