So when faced with a large amount of log siding to stain, what does one classically trained quality assurance process oriented person do? Why we tap into our Virgo sensibilities and we analyze, organize, and end up with a straw model of a process which we then proceed to test away at, fine tune the details, and optimize the output.
Ok, ok, simply put, we made an assembly line. First step, unload the wood from the back door of the barn and on to the saw horses set up under a car port. Then we give a first coat of stain. Off to the drying racks set up under the eave of the barn: 2×4 boards with PVC pipe pieces. One to two hours later after they are all filled, we start round two with the second coat; back to the sawhorses, back to the drying racks. Then comes the glossy topcoat. After all that, they go to the other barn eave for further curing; that makes room for the next batch. Later we lean them according to size against the rafters inside the barn. Rinse, and repeat for the next several weekends. We were surprised at how easy and fast this seemed to go!
Here are the pictures! Below, I’ve included some comparison shots so you can see what it looks like unstained vs. 1st coat vs. 2nd coat. But take a look in the photo albums above for “Land Progress Report – 5-22-06” for the full set of pictures from the first weekend of staining.