Storing Large Mahogany Boards
  Re: Storing Large Mahogany Boards by CharlesinSEA (I came across a guy ...)
18' lengths, and being at a marina, tells me they were for a boat repair, or build.
Boats need long lengths

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  Re: Storing Large Mahogany Boards by CharlesinSEA (I came across a guy ...)
First nice find.

What is your ceiling? If exposed joists, how about hanging them from the ceiling next to a wall. Several 2 x 4's vertical nailed or screwed to the joists. Then screw a horizontal 2 x 4 to the vertical 2 x 4s. I think they should be supported every 4 - 6 feet and stickered in between stacks.
I don't understand it
I've cut it twice
And it is still too short
  Re: Storing Large Mahogany Boards by CharlesinSEA (I came across a guy ...)
Thanks for all the responses so far!

They may have originally been for boat repair, but the previous owner seemed to have planned on doing more traditional woodworking. The marina they were at wasn't a boatyard type of marina either.

I have considered cutting the long boards down, but since they're so clear, that seems wasteful. In my mind at least some will go towards a campaign chest with wrapped grain, and that needs about 12ft of continuous grain (even though it does get cut down eventually).

I have looked at the harbor freight carport. My concern is that with the level of structure there seem to be a lot of complaints about them wearing through the tarps in a season or collapsing in a windstorm. I live high up on the side of a hill, so both are a concern. That carport is also a foot or more too short. And in wet Seattle, I'd be concerned about the moisture coming up from the ground. I have water seeping out of my gravel driveway all year long (and it's not a leaking pipe!). I think the wood would be fine (it lasted under carefully worked tarps for a decade) but think the moisture content would stay too high to use it. As wide and thin as it is, it is prone to warp just bringing it into my shop from outside.

Also thought about the ceiling method. The longer stack may end there, but the short stack (which is much taller) is awfully heavy, and my garage trusses pretty lightweight. And I JUST installed insulation and a painted plywood ceiling. Also, the length of the boards (only a few feet shorter than the garage) make it difficult to get them up there if i used U-shaped racks. I would have to either use verticals down to the floor or maybe floor based verticals until the wood was up, then install hanging supports to the ceiling, then remove the floor supports. Then I start thinking about a shed again!
  Re: Storing Large Mahogany Boards by CharlesinSEA (I came across a guy ...)
If the wood is well air dried it can safely be flat stacked. I'd bust the 16' boards down to 8ft and stack them anyplace inside that I could find.

But then I'm still trying to fit my cypress / cedar /  Ironwood / Rimu + misc into 2 regular size garages.  Rolleyes

Guy wanted to buy an ~18" live edge slab .Yeah I got a couple, in there someplace. 
Need to start building stuff, and stop hoarding wood.  Smirk
  Re: RE: Storing Large Mahogany Boards by CharlesinSEA (Thanks for all the r...)
Your dilemma sounds very familiar.  I had a shop full of wood and no room to move.  After exploring every alternative, I finally decided I really need to build a shed.  Storage problem solved.  I needed a permit but it wasn't a problem.  The only downside is that all my nice dry stock is no longer as dry.  The wood in my shop runs 6 - 9% MC depending upon the time of year.  In any unconditioned building it goes back up to the EMC of my area, around 12%, so I have to plan ahead and bring wood into my shop several weeks in advance to let it acclimate before using it.  In you case, the wood is already running at the EMC of your area, likely even higher than 12%, so putting it in a shed won't change it, but you'll still have to deal with letting it acclimate to your shop before using it.  No way around that.  


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