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ericd57

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05-30-2015 05:27 PM

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Hello,

I am new on this forum and would like to start by saying thank you for having this forum available.

I am new to woodworking with doing small and a few larger projects for about a year and recently decided to start focusing on small items for sale. These are items like end grain cutting boards and trivets. The boards are coated with beeswax and mineral oil and the trivets coated with mineral oil.

My issue is storage. I am doing this from home garage and do not want to store completed items in my garage. I have an unfinished basement but the humidity is all over the place even with a dehumidifier. I don’t have storage space in our living area. Can I safely store these kinds of projects in a water/air tight storage trunk in my basement. The temp is almost always cool in the basement. I am afraid to store these in a container that doesn’t have air flow. Is this recommend? Does anyone else have a better solution?

Thank You,
Eric


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#1 posted 05-30-2015 09:14 PM

I think you would be asking for trouble. It s a combination of temperature, and humidity and can you really seal a box from the permeability of water vapor?

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 09:33 PM

Is there an attic above the garage? Can you insulate it to help with the heat/cold issues?

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#3 posted 05-31-2015 12:23 AM

Have you got room to store em under the bed?

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#4 posted 05-31-2015 12:45 AM



Have you got room to store em under the bed?

- gfadvm

Best idea I can think of, that or the closet with 10,00 coats we never wear.

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ericd57

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#5 posted 05-31-2015 11:00 AM

no room under the bed. It’s a platform bed I made. There is no living area space I can use for storage. The house is rather small and as a family have outgrown it. Anyway, the living room is above the garage so that’s out as well.

If anyone has experience storing a stock of items in a way described above I would love input. The items being wood I am concerned about storing them in storage containers without air flow. Too much time was spent milling and constructing plus cost of materials. As you all know you’re not willing to take chances.

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#6 posted 05-31-2015 12:46 PM

if you’re on good terms with family members, offer them something in return for storage at their place….... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#7 posted 05-31-2015 03:18 PM

I have this issue from time to time. Being that I am divorced my kids only visit once a month. So the playhouse is empty and was built with the idea that when they get older I get it back as storage. It will hold 4×8 panels nicely. It was made for under $300 and has airflow, protection from elements and a stable temp. Total footprint in the yard is 6 1/2×8 1/2. Here they consider this a removable building because it is on 4×4’s, and under 10×12 so no building permits or tax issues.

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#8 posted 05-31-2015 06:49 PM



Is there an attic above the garage?

- JoeinGa

How about over the main house ? Do you have an attic ?

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#9 posted 06-01-2015 01:00 AM

I have, in storage, over 300 items I will sell this summer. (Mostly small boxes) Most are made of eastern red cedar and I have them stored in individual cardboard boxes. These boxes are on shelves in a wooden, insulated, not heated, nor ventilated, shed. It is dry here and gets over 100° many days in the summer. Stays cool in this storage shed. I have had no issues with the items stored this way nor their finish. I have used this storage method for three years now.

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#10 posted 06-01-2015 02:25 PM

If your main issue is humidity, then I vote you store them in the basement in a large plastic storage bin with a few desiccants thrown in to deal with the moisture. Desiccant can be purchased online on the cheap, the one rule with desiccant is that the more you expose it to air (such as opening and closign the container) the less effective it will be. As long as the box is tightly sealed and you don’t introduce hydroscopic elements like paper into the box, you should be able to hold them in storage for a very long time without an issue.

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ericd57

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#11 posted 06-01-2015 11:29 PM

That’s a great idea. I can use silica crystals. Do you think two pouches with about 1/8 C crystals in each would be good for a 20 gal watertight container filled with cutting boards?
One more related question. Should I use some sort of a sticker in between cutting boards or is it safe to stack them on top of each other? They are finished with beeswax and mineral oil.

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#12 posted 06-02-2015 12:17 AM

I am a big fan of wrapping with saran wrap. You can buy big rolls.
Yes you have to sticker, even putting in a bin with dessicant you can get uneven surface drying.

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#13 posted 06-02-2015 12:21 AM

When I stack my cutting boards, I use strips of corrugated cardboard box that I have wiped with a bit of the same oil I use on the boards. The first time I tried it, I just used dry pieces of the cardboard and it sucked the oil from the board, leaving dry stripes on the boards.

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ericd57

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#14 posted 06-06-2015 02:31 PM

Doing some reading on silica crystals and I think I want to stay away from the use of this with wood that will be used with food. Robert, when you use plastic wrap do you try to seal it with tape? I may just get shrink wrap plastic and seal them. Can they stay this way for long periods of time?

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