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Forum topic by glennl posted 07-24-2008 02:20 PM 1256 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2008 02:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bubinga purpleheart cherry maple pine basswood

Well, about a week ago or so I explained that we have to move to MUCH smaller quarters (from a house to a townhouse without a basement or a garage). See ”Middle aged and miserable in NJ” I’ll probably be forced to rent a (controlled environment) storage area in one of those storage facilities for about a year or so.

Part of what I’ll have to store is my wood supply. Some of which are: nice quilted maple (5/8” x 12” x 6 ft), cherry: (1/2” x 5” x 6 ft), purpleheart (2” x 12” x 4 ft), lots of red oak 1/2” to 3/4” thick by widths up to 6”, etc.

Does anyone have suggestions as to the best way to sotre this? I want to protect it from warping, cupping, etc.

Should I wrap it in plastic?, Store it vertically, horizontally?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


-- GlennL, New Jersey

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#1 posted 07-24-2008 02:37 PM

Do NOT wrap it in plastic, the wood needs to breath. You could send it to me and I will put it to good use. I would stack it so it lays flat.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 07-24-2008 03:41 PM

Flat, stickered and a couple of inches up off of the floor. This will allow the wood to breathe, air to circulate and not absorb moisture through the concrete floor.


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#3 posted 07-24-2008 07:08 PM

Stickering will help the wood stay a bit flatter perhaps but
in my experience it’s not necessary for long term storage if
the area is dry.

When storing wood outside stickering helps prevent molds and
decay related to water.

At least put your wood up on bricks or on wood. Termites
shouldn’t be a problem in your part of the country…but they
are in California so for long term outdoor storage I use cinder
blocks or whatever is handy. On top of that I’ll lay 2×4s and
then stack the wood on top, crosswise to the 2×4s.

The wood in your storage unit will acclimate to the environment
there. When you are ready to use it bring it to your heated
workshop and let it acclimate to that environment for at least
a few days.

The point I am trying to make is – wood moves. If it has a “desire”
to move or cup or twist, that is normal and I allow it normally.
If you try to force wood to stay flat while you are working it,
what will happen when you build a piece of furniture with the
wood under stress and trying to move?

All this within reason of course. With thinner panels of 3/8” or less
sometimes a rogue board will cup a little and warp the panel. I allow
for this when I glue-up panels. If it happens I rip the panel right
through the middle of the cupped segment, joint it, and re-glue it.

If you plan for wood movement it’s very simple to deal with and a
normal part of the woodworking process. I’m a lot more easygoing
about wood storage than some guys maybe – but that’s because I
want it to do it’s cracking and warping before I put it in a piece.

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#4 posted 07-25-2008 07:13 AM

You could sell it and save on the storage and rebuy when you are ready to use. I had to down size this year also. I had a ton of wood. Some I have stored for 20 + years. I use to find logs and cut and dry my own. I went and bought a tent to keep it in for now. I rented a place with a back yard so that worked out for me. If I had not been able to do this I would have sold it and cried as it left. The reason is that some of the boards are 20 to 25” wide. You just don’t find many like that anymore. I have decided that it is time to make something nice for my house with the wood that I love so dear. Good Luck

-- Just believe and God will take care of the rest

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#5 posted 07-25-2008 07:15 AM

Sorry I wanted to tell you that if you store it for a long time you should pile and sticker it with weight on top. The wood you mentioned is pretty thin for long term storage to stay flat on its own.

-- Just believe and God will take care of the rest

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