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Acclimating wood in Western WA garage

by optimusprimer92
posted 02-04-2018 04:56 AM


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ocean

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#1 posted 02-04-2018 04:19 PM

I wish I had a solution for you but I live in the Florida Keys and even air conditioned air is RH 10-12% and outside 60-90% most of the year. This not that different than your area according to the web, maybe hot the heat. I’m thinking you are going to have to build a climate controlled area in your garage with either an air conditioner or dehumidifier for just the wood storage or the whole garage. Wood in my shop is usually around mid to high 20’s and a low of high teens in winter. I air condition the whole shop while I am building a piece ($) and finish it then move indoors. To be truthful it is more for my comfort than the wood. Hard to bend to stop dripping sweat on everything in a 90-95 degree shop. Wood movement is a factor of the wood species you use. Talk to woodworker in your area to find out what they do.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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LesB

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#2 posted 02-04-2018 07:40 PM

You could insulate and possily heat your garage. That would benefit both you, your vehicles, and the wood, but a better solution might be to select the wood for a particular project, move it into the house (behind the couch or under a bed??) for a week or two before you start. Or only work on big items in the summer and leave small stuff for the wet season.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 02-05-2018 04:07 AM

Just keep in mind that it is not the moisture content of wood that makes it expand and contract. It is the change in moisture content that causes what people call “movement”. There is no way I could maintain the moisture content of the wood in my shop to 7 or 8 percent. The kiln dried wood in stabilizes at about 11 or 12 percent. Even so, I have zero problems with seasonal changes because my house stays at about 50% humidity year round. I also take dimensional changes into account when I consider joinery.

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