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Forum topic by ScottStewart posted 668 days ago 587 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ScottStewart

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668 days ago

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.

Thanks,

Scott


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cabmaker

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#1 posted 668 days ago

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

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NiteWalker

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#2 posted 668 days ago

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.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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WDHLT15

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#3 posted 668 days ago

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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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 668 days ago

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.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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