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Forum topic by Alan S posted 11-28-2010 07:55 PM 758 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alan S

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11-28-2010 07:55 PM

As humidity changes throughout the year, is there an optimal time of year to build your furniture? Or is it best just to have a good design that won’t be affected by humidity changes? Maybe the most critical thing is to leave the lumber in your house where the final furniture will reside for a few weeks?

What do you think?

Alan


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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 08:01 PM

Alan, I like my furniture in the house for a few weeks before shipping in winter.
I’ve had the odd movement and I prefer to see it and fix it rather than it happen at the customers place.
Central heating is woods enemy, some folk don’t understand solid timber.
I always warn customers prior to taking an orde and give them care instructions..
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Div

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 09:25 PM

Since I build furniture for a living, there is no choice regarding season. I make damn sure that the design and construction techniques allows for humidity changes.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 09:31 PM

Div I brought our dinning room suite that I made in Winter in the Transvaal to wet & damp Scotland. No problems. It came here in Summer before the central heating gets put on.
We get soft after a few years away. :)

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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richgreer

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 09:39 PM

Despite the fact that my shop is air conditioned, woodworking for me is a fall, winter and early spring activity. I know that you are primarily concerned about the effect the climate has on the building of furniture but I am more concerned about when I want to be in the shop.

Summer is for being outside.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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