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#1 posted 05-12-2019 03:53 AM

As usual the answer is it depends. Where you live, what sort of heating and cooling you use, what the swings in humidity are inside versus outside or in your shop and ultimately what you are making and how it is designed are all factors that you would have to consider, not to mention what species and dimensions of lumber you will use and how it was milled (quarter sawn vs. rift sawn for example). It is probably a good idea in general to acclimate the lumber but good designs and build techniques will minimize the negative impact that moisture swings will cause. As to whether you need to take it in and out of the house, that will depend on how long it takes you to build it. If you can finish in a week or so and it is not really rainy during that time, you probably do not need to move it back and forth, but if the build may take several weeks for example or you go have some really wet weather for a while, it might be a good idea .

One thing that you can explore is getting a dehumidifier to help keep your shop humidity relatively constant, though, if you park cars in there, especially wet, or frequently open and close the garage door, that might not help much. You might want to get yourself a digital temperature with hygrometer and monitor it for awhile just to see what kind of swings you get. If you get a wireless one that has both indoor and outdoor readings you can see how different the 2 environments are. Some even allow you to upload the readings to your computers so you can more easily evaluate over time.

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