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Forum topic by rut posted 01-09-2012 09:44 PM 750 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2012 09:44 PM

In a couple of months (when temps warm back up) I plan on a major kitchen remodel. This will include me attempting to build my own kitchen cabinets. I have built face frame cabinets before but farmed out the door and drawer panels as I didn’t have the tools to do them. Now I’m going to give it all a try. My concern is that my “woodwork shop” is simply my garage. No climate control with the exception of the doors so I’m a bit concerned that if I go buy a lot of wood (currently considering soft maple) that it may be affected by temp change and moisture before I can use it all. As the lone worker I suspect this will take me quite a while.

So my question is:

1. Would it be a good idea to store the wood inside the house (even though it isn’t necessarily a low moisture space)?

2. Will I have major problems with wood changing size after I’ve cut and assembled the doors and bring them inside?


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#1 posted 01-09-2012 09:55 PM

Are you going to use kiln dried lumber? You will get less movement with kiln dried vs air dried.
I would also sticker the lumber while you wait to start the build. I would let it acclimate in the house if possible but in your shop would work too if it is on stickers. Is your shop heated?

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 09:57 PM

No heat in the garage except for closing the doors :)

So perhaps stored in the house will be fine?

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 08:06 PM

Your house is by far the best choice, as the moisture content will be stable there. Maple loves to move around, so the moisture control is a huge factor. I would recommend wrapping the wood in a somewhat air tight way (plastic sheeting and duct tape) with a “dry-z-air” can (or similar product) inside for a month or so as a cheap method of getting it dry, then taking it out and letting it reacclimate to your home. Do not store it outside. As you work on the project, take each piece outside one at a time and do your machine work, then bring it back in asap to keep it dry, you’ll be just fine.

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