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Forum topic by bgilb posted 12-09-2018 03:09 PM 450 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-09-2018 03:09 PM

I bought some hardwood lumber from a lumber supplier. Right now it’s in my garage stickered. But this is Texas where the humidity is 50% to 80% depending on the time of day. My garage has no climate control.

Since this is a project for in the home, should I be storing the wood indoor before I mill it? The humidity indoor is about 50% at all times. Temperature varies between 67 and 80. According to charts the wood will shrink slightly after i bring it inside if it reaches outdoor EMC. From either 9.5 to 16 (depending on outdoor humidity) to about 9.2 inside.

I think the wood is kiln dried (need to check with moisture meter). So right now it’s probably slowly getting wetter.

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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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