|Forum topic by MaroonGoon||posted 239 days ago||788 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
239 days ago
Ok, so I have searched through a couple of different threads for a solid answer to this question but didn’t find an answer that would satisfy me. Here’s what is bouncing around my head:
As some of you may know through my recent threads, I have been drying a bunch of red oak that I plan to use in a couple of furniture projects for myself and my future wife in our future apartment (now that’s a lot of future ahead of me!). I am still very much a novice in woodworking and have not worked with wood that I have had to dry out myself. Everything I have done was with lumber that I bought already dry and so I didn’t have to worry too much about movement in the wood. Waiting for the oak to dry has given me plenty of time to think about what I must know before I actually begin working with the oak after it dries to a stable MC.
First off, I have an uninsulated shop and I live in deep East Texas where the average humidity is around 70%. I will most likely not get the MC of the wood any lower than 11% while it is in the covered conditions that it is in. I understand that I can bring the wood indoors to get the MC down to the level it needs to be and so the wood can stabilize in the conditions that it will be in the rest of its life (as a table, for example). But even if I did that and stabilized the wood, once I take it out of the house and leave it in my uninsulated workshop to build my table, wouldn’t the wood just regain moisture back to the equilibrium of the humid environment of my shop? This seems absurd, but the only way I figure I could prevent this from happening is to leave all my wood inside and only take some out at a time and then, once I’m done working with it for the day, bring it back inside…
How do some of you guys with uninsulated shops handle this situation, or am I over thinking this whole thing? Like I said, while waiting for this wood to dry, I don’t have much to do other than think so I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m just over analyzing it all.. I just want to make sure that I get everything sorted out before I actually begin building because I can’t afford to screw up a table and having to scrap everything that I have paid so much money for.
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