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#1 posted 12-09-2018 03:44 PM

Could depend on what your project plans. I lived many years in TX between Houston and North Texas. I’m in Southern MD now and there are some similarities in the amount of humidity. I work from rough lumber that is stored in an open air barn at my sawyer’s place. My shop is in the garage and I store the majority of my lumber there with some sheet goods in the basement. Sometimes I’ll see some cupping after first mill in thin flat sawn stock, but for the majority of items I see very little effect of the woods moving when properly designed. Perhaps if you’re doing delicate projects jewelry boxes etc, with 1/4” stock etc, it could be something to consider. If you look at my projects all of the furniture items were built from garage stored stock, finished on all surfaces, and I have yet to notice any movement issues.

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