They didn't lie when they said not to put wood on the floor

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Blog entry by HungryTermite posted 01-20-2010 07:29 AM 1500 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here in southern california we are experiencing the unusual phenomenon of water falling from the sky. Now, I grew up in the Northeast so a little rain never bothered me but these days it does. Since I started becoming a little more serious about woodworking I have been reading A LOT of books and websites on how to set up a shop. One of the main things that I read was that you really shouldn’t store your wood directly on concrete because it can absorb moisture from the concrete.

Well this is the 1st time it has rained this much since I have been living in my current residence and, apparently, I live in a low area. Water is literally seeping up through the concrete floor in the garage. I did have some rough cut wood on stickers which was safe but I also had a lot of pine cutoffs sitting directly on the floor. I was absolutely amazed at just how much water was absorbed! The wood was so wet I could squeeze it. Even the wood that was off the ground all feels “wet” to the touch. I had an 8 foot 2×2 leaning against a wall and you can tell where the transition between the wet and dry wood is because there is a very noticeable size different where the wet wood expanded. I dont have a moisture meter but now I wish I did.

I guess I need to move a lumber rack or cutoff bin to the top of my project list.

-- Good Judgement Comes From Experience. Experience Comes From Bad Judgement.

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#1 posted 01-20-2010 09:43 AM

sorry to hear that but woodworking is all abaut mistakes and try to fix them :-)


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#2 posted 01-20-2010 01:52 PM

In boats, is the only place wood and water compliment each other. S Ca, just wait a week and it will be dry again.

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#3 posted 01-20-2010 04:24 PM

I once built a kayak out of marine grade mahogany plywood. Ironically, I sold it before using it and the wood never got wet. :)

-- Good Judgement Comes From Experience. Experience Comes From Bad Judgement.

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#4 posted 01-20-2010 05:26 PM

Been there…done that in my old shop. It will dry out but just hope it doesn’t warp.

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