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Posted on Need your feedback: Climate control vs. bowing/warping

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John Fry

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#1 posted 07-08-2008 04:36 AM

Randy,

The question nobody has asked is,..... Did you store the wood properly?

The biggest problem people have with wood warping after getting it home (or after freshly milling), isn’t just the change in RH conditions, it is the way it was stored! How did you store your new board? Sitting on the bench? Stacked against another board vertically? If the board is stored in a position that only lets air get to one side, it will change moisture content on that side and the other side won’t. This will warp 100% of the time. Did you allow your high humidity air to freely flow around the board for equal exposure?

I know folks will disagree, but I NEVER take the time to acclimate wood in my shop. What is the point? First of all, I can’t afford to sit around and wait week after week, or I’ll never get paid. I live in the high desert of So. Cal. and it is generally around 12 to 12% RH. I have sold furniture to clients in Houston, Washington DC, and upstate New York. These are very humid locations and I’ve never had a call back. Acclimating lumber to my shop and then selling to these locations seems silly!

If you handle and store your wood properly, stack and sticker (or clamp) after milling and exposing fresh surfaces, and keep your material flat at all times during construction, then build with proper techniques to allow for expansion and contraction, you should have no problems. And, you should be able to locate your piece in any climate zone.

I live by the motto…..”The safest place to store your lumber is in your project!”

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture, www.chiselandbit.com


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