|Project by Richard W. Hyman Jr||posted 09-14-2016 05:31 PM||858 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
So I recently retired from the Military and of course we jumped on a job offer that was too good to pass up….in Las Vegas. Moving from Korea to Las Vegas was a heck of an experience and in the process two of the children’s beds didn’t survive. So the wife gave me a tasking: Make a couple of beds for our children and justify all my toy…I mean tool purchases. :)
The beds themselves were fun to build and the children helped in between bouts of running around the neighborhood with their friends. The two interesting things about this build were 1) humidity and allowing box store lumber to acclimate and 2) redwood and tearout.
I have never lived in an arid climate. Everywhere I’ve been stationed has always been averaged 90% humidity for the most part. I knew the desert climate would affect the wood but I had no idea how much so I researched. I read and watched videos about acclimating. Then the wife and I bought lumber and let it set in the garage for a week figuring that would be enough time. Nope. For most of the project pieces it was. I did a rough cut and let them sit for another 24 hours, But after final cutting the rails for the bed they developed pretty ugly twist along their length over the course of the next two weeks. I’ve also never worked with redwood (that’s what this stuff was called at Home Depot). And even with some sharp router bits I got some pretty ugly tearout.
So I guess I have 2 questions for the community: 1) Those of you who live in arid/desert climates what are your practices for allowing wood to acclimate? and 2) With woods prone to tearout do you guys have any tips, tricks, or techniques to mitigate that?
As always, thanks to those of you out there that help out us less experienced woodworkers by making plans, cut lists, videos etc… available. It really helps walking into projects with confidence. These beds were fashioned directly after the one’s found on Matthias Wandel’s website: https://woodgears.ca/bed/build.html Just want to make sure proper credit and thanks go where they are deserved.
Thanks for stopping by,
-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams