Saturday in the Woodworking Shop #8: Dehumidifying Lumber Storage

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Blog entry by AndyPitts posted 07-14-2015 02:35 PM 8108 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I’m talking about how I maintain my lumber stash ready for building furniture where I live in humid eastern Virginia. Left to it’s own in an unconditioned space, my kiln dried lumber (6-8% MC) would gradually migrate toward 12 % MC, so I’ve solved that by dehumidifying my storage location. Nothing high tech, here, but it works. In my work I like to start out with wood of a known moisture content, approximately the equilibrium moisture content for the intended environment, then use construction methods that will allow wood movement, regardless of where the furniture ends up living. I’ve found that methodology to work well with complex and “tight” designs and constructions.

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-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia,, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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#1 posted 07-15-2015 12:12 PM

Some good info

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 07-15-2015 12:28 PM

I live in Maryland and run the dehumidifier almost all year – basement shop. When I move to Florida, will get a bigger dehumidifier.

Good video

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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