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Plastic Stickers Don't Stain

I use plastic conduit to make stickers for stacking and drying my
wood. These stickers provide consistent spacing and excellent air circulation
with minimal contact. I’ve never had problems with insects,
mold or staining, which can occur around wooden stickers, especially
when the wood is green and the air is damp.

For strength, I use 1-1/4-in.-i.d. Schedule-80 rigid PVC electrical conduit.
Available from home centers and electrical supply stores, it costs
about $12 for a 10-ft. length. Schedule-40 rigid PVC conduit is much less
expensive but thinnerwalled,
so it doesn’t support
as much weight. I
only use it for small
stacks. Both Schedule-40
and Schedule-80 rigid
PVC conduit are suitable
for indoor and outdoor

After cutting the conduit
to sticker lengths, I cut
them in half on my bandsaw,
using a simple jig to hold the sticker in position (see photo, above).
To keep the conduit from rotating during the cut, I follow a straight
line drawn on its surface. To draw the line, I simply lay a flat board
next the conduit and use the board as a straightedge.

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