Storing Kiln Dried Maple After Rough Sizing

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Forum topic by Kurt T. Kneller posted 04-06-2017 05:52 PM 662 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kurt T. Kneller

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04-06-2017 05:52 PM

Hi all,
I have just purchased 200 bf hard white maple from Johnson’s Workbench in Charlotte MI.
I am going to build a new workbench based off Matt Kenney’s Monster Workbench.
I have begun to breakdown the rough lumber to start milling. It may be a week or so before I can start to mill the lumber. My shop is an insulated but unheated garage and the lumber at Johnson’s was in their unheated warehouses.
Do you recommend stickering the freshly cut lumber when I place it in the lumber rack?
There seems to be be varying thoughts about this and only adds to the confusion.
Again, the lumber was kiln dried (don’t know the MC), stored in unheated warehouse, milled in my unheated garage and once milled and assemble will remain in my unheated garage.
Any thoughts or comments will be appreciated.

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#1 posted 04-06-2017 06:34 PM

I would sticker it. That’s a lot of money to have twist and cup….

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#2 posted 04-06-2017 06:46 PM

“Kiln Dried”, I’ve learned can mean different things to different people.
I guess you can take them at their word, but anytime I’m using rough sawn lumber (which is what I like to use), I’ll check M.C. with a pin style meter. I have a couple Lignomat’s, one for the shop and one for the kiln.
That will tell you a lot about the lumber.

In general I do stack and sticker rough lumber after the first milling.
If it moves a little, and you have the thickness to work with, you could flatten it again before cutting the workpieces to final size.

Since this is a workbench destined for your unheated shop, it will probably be just fine.

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#3 posted 04-06-2017 08:37 PM

I can’t say that it necessarily NEEDS to be stickered but, I can’t think of any downside to stickering it either. I always sticker lumber I’m using for a project just to be safe.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 04-06-2017 10:03 PM

Thanks for the replies. I did start stickering what I already breakdown.
I do want to error on the side of caution, it was the best price I could find but it still was cheap.

I do have a moisture meter on the want list (damn thing never gets smaller(.

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