We had a storm last year that blew down 5 large pine trees in my
yard. My friend cut them into 4/4 and 8/4, 8 feet long and 10-14
inches wide. I have them stacked with 1" square scrap sticks between
boards. The 8/4, 18 each, are stacked in the boat house, open to the
air at both ends, and the 4/4, about 24 each, are stacked in the
heated garage/work shop. I will paint the ends today with some paint
to seal the ends. I will not need the boards till this winter at the
I will use the 8/4 stuff for raised flower beds, some table tops,
or whatever, and the 4/4 for furniture.
Lessons learned so far: It's good to have a chain saw! It's good
to have a friend with an almost portable saw mill. It's good to have
a pickup that tolerated gross overloading (Chevy S-10!) That wet wood
is REALLY heavy! That the wood is beautiful, that pine with the blue
areas, and many free of knots . That Flexall 4-5-4 is on sale at
So... what am I forgetting?