Store lumber where the work is done, or where it will end up as furniture?

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Forum topic by ChrisBarrett posted 07-30-2015 10:54 PM 610 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2015 10:54 PM

So I’ve decided to move the majority of my tools to the garage and make that my shop. The lumber is currently piled up in the basement. The basement is consistent humidity and temperature all year, and more closely matches the house probably. Should I store lumber in the basement and take it out and work on it in the garage or would that cause problems? Do I need to acclimate the lumber to the garage before I start cutting it up to size?

For instance, I have 4/4 9 foot planks of rough cut red oak. Should I leave them in the basement till i work on them, or bring them out to the garage for a couple weeks first?

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#1 posted 07-30-2015 11:54 PM

I like to bring lumber into the shop at least 2 weeks prior to working with it. Depending on where you live the difference in humidity can cause problems. I live in WI and we have very humid summers and dry winters. It’s a balancing act. You also have to take into account where the new piece will live when it’s finished.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#2 posted 07-31-2015 02:33 AM

When I saw your post title I thought someone really has a handle on acclimating lumber. Indeed, for best results, putting the lumber where it will end up as furniture for a couple of weeks prior to milling is ideal, in my opinion.

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#3 posted 07-31-2015 12:59 PM

Ric53 – I am also in WI. It seems like it would be safest to store it in the basement and then bring it out to the garage for milling. I keep the basement at 50% relative humidity, which is probably slightly less humid than the rest of the house during the summer and slightly more humid than the rest of the house in the winter.
Thanks for your input!

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