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Forum topic by oksawdust posted 02-05-2011 07:00 AM 1372 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2011 07:00 AM

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I need some advice on where to store my supplies like wood glue, stains, poly, etc. I do not have access to any climate controlled area other than inside my house – no heat in garage or shop. Is it ok to store them where the temps are below freezing for long periods of time?

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 07:14 AM

I’d say no it is not okay to store these products below freezing. I suspect most of the manufacturers advise against storing their products much below a working temperature for them say 15C or better. If you search around here you will see that many folks (such as myself) store these things inside the house, or only buy small quantities that are consumed on one project or they build some kind of heated space for these things in their shops. Often old refrigerators with a 100w lamp for heat are suggested. I don’t really mind keeping glue in the house but anything else I try yo get rid of by time I have to keep it from freezing or if is for a short while I’ll store it inside away from the kids and any open flame.

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 08:22 AM

You might get away with it with oil based finishes but I wouldn’t recommend it even for short periods. Anything water based, especially wood glue, will be ruined pretty quickly.
I’ve heard of the refrigerator method but I wouldn’t be very comfortble having a hot bulb that close to flamable liquids. My recommendation is to just bring them inside and store them in a dedicated cabinet or closet that closes tight. And if you’ve got young kids or pets then just put a lock on it.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#3 posted 02-05-2011 09:49 AM

Do you not have basement space? Our basement does not have radiators (but the furnace is there). Obviously it never freezes in the basement, since we have water pipes there.

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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#4 posted 02-05-2011 02:46 PM

I have a fellow woodworking friend that took an old refrigerator and installed a light bulb inside on a thermostat. He keeps it set at 60 degrees. He claims it works great.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#5 posted 02-05-2011 05:32 PM

What ScottN said above.

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#6 posted 02-05-2011 07:57 PM

I hadn’t thought about the fridge idea. Thanks everyone.

-- It's not a misplaced hole, I just wanted to use my plug cutter.

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