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09-05-2010 06:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: storage emc moisture content equilibrium moisture content humidity

Our house has a whole-house humidifier that keeps the house at 42-45% RH.

My shop is in the basement. Temps there range from about 65 in winter to about 72 in the heat of the Northern Colorado summer.

In the Spring, I bought a BIG collection of old FWW magazines for a good price. Now, I flip through them, occasionally, when lounging in the library (think: porcelain. ‘Nuf said !).

A few people told me that my conditions were TOO humid for “proper wood storage.”

I wanted to quote the article … for what it’s worth:

Ideally, lumber that will be made into furniture and cabinets should be stored where the temperature is between 68F and 70F and the relative humidity about 42%. These conditions will allow the kiln-dried material to maintain an MC of about 8%. Additionally, this temperature range and humidity level will allow stock that’s been air-dried to 20% MC or les to come into equilibrium at about 8%MC in eight to 10 weeks.

So … through no fault of my own … I may have been doing it right, after all :-)

Just an FYI…..

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 07:02 PM

we all make mistakes sometimes ,

even good ones too .

i prefer to think you planed this ,

long ago

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-05-2010 07:07 PM

They didn’t say your wood was too wet, they said your humor was too dry!

Just kidding, Neil. BTW, with this post, you could start a new forum category “shop gloat”. Those conditions do indeed sound perfect. Heh, during the summer, if I use my TS during a visit to the shop, I then have to wipe it down, sand (320 on a block), and then wax. One drop of sweat will produce rust within an hour (FL).

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 07:12 PM


Oh, yeah. I went back and forth on basement-vs-garage, after spending a BUNCH of $$$ getting LOTS of electrical in the garage (and NONE in the basement).

Consistent climate was the final kicker for me … particularly … after having lived 3yrs in Fort Myers. I know the wet pain of which you speak :-)

But the downsides of the basement are pretty clear, too: every tool and every project has to fit through the door, and make it up/down the stairs, dust control is even MORE important, and … of course … the shop is RIGHT below the master bedroom where … my wife .... goes to bed earlier than I do :-)

Compromises. Life is full of ‘em, huh ?

David: I’ll TAKE that logic ! Thanks !!

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 09-05-2010 07:19 PM

Do you at least have one of those (searching for the right term) exterior metal double doorway with stairs going to the basement thingamabobs?

I’ve been to Ft. Myers, nice area from what I saw in a weekend. My tech school in USAF was outside Denver, loved the non-humidity, but it did snow there on June 1,1979. So, you give and take I guess.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 07:23 PM

I’ve got a standard 3’0” door, and NO walk-out.

So far … nothing that I’ve thought to build would have the door be a limiting factor (but … it it’s that big … I just can’t build it, so….).

If push came to shove, my next-door neighbor put HIS shop in the garage, so … I’d mooch :-)

Fort Myers was a pretty sleepy town, in my day (early 90’s). I traveled a lot, and—as a result—never got used to the humidity. MAN, could I sweat !

And … yeah … the Front Range weather is never boring ;-) Near freezing, two mornings ago ! Mid-to-high 90s, today.

Were you at the Academy, then, in Colorado Springs ? Beautiful part of the world….

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 09-05-2010 07:30 PM

Academy? Uh, yeah, that’s the ticket, I was….. uh… a rocket driver! Uh, and I went there with my gir… I mean my wife, ... Morgan Fairchild….. cause she couldn’t stand to be away from me…. that’s the ticket!

No, no need to call me sir (as if you would), I was at Lowry AFB (no longer there) learning to be a weapons weeney.

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#7 posted 09-05-2010 07:41 PM

well i think that when you were in boston and got within whispering range of the man in plaid…there was a transfer of knowledge that we were not told about…we could call it the humanity of humidity…......

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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