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Forum topic by ScottStewart posted 09-21-2012 10:09 PM 669 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2012 10:09 PM

I have been purchasing lumber for the next couple projects after I get this one done. I have been bringing in the lumber and stickering it in the unheated garage (the workshop) to let it acclimate to me. How long do you keep wood stickered before you move it to a rack. It is kiln dried maple, walnut, and oak, the place I buy from is about 30 miles away from my place and the wood is stored there in racks unstickered. How long does it need to be kept stickered before I can move it to a lumber rack that is not stickered? I am in St. Louis, so bit changes in humidity over time, but no salt air.

Does anyone store their lumber in their climate controlled house and move it back and forth to your shop to work on? I’ve seen hintings that you will have trouble with fine furniture moving a lot if it is built in a garage and then taken into homes. How do you handle this (short of getting a climate controlled shop, which isn’t in the cards with my HOA.



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#1 posted 09-22-2012 12:32 AM

How much lumber we talking about ? If it is kiln dried I m not sure I would bother with stickering.

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#2 posted 09-22-2012 12:55 AM

I buy kiln dried and sticker it as well. I’d rather have even airflow around all sides than not. My shop is also an unheated garage.

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#3 posted 09-22-2012 01:35 AM

I agree with cabmaker. If it is kiln dried, I would not sticker it. That will only speed up the gain of moisture. Flat stacked, it will take months before any appreciable increase in moisture occurs.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#4 posted 09-22-2012 02:20 AM

I built a 12×20 storage shed for lumber and it is not heated…but I did buy a dehumidifier that I run to keep the moisture content low. I acquired a bunch of sinker cypress a few month back fresh out of the swamp and the moisture content was around 50-55%...Now it is down to 6-8%. It is stickered but the other lumber stored in there is just stacked flat since it is already dried properly.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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