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CrankAddict

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02-19-2019 07:50 PM

I just picked up my first batch of hardwood ever. Cost me about as much as all my tools (haha/ugh) so I don’t want to screw this up. I have 8/4 African mahogany, 8/4 walnut, 4/4 walnut, and 4/4 hard maple. Everything but the maple is rough and everything will be planed before using it. My question is, for a 3-6 month time frame, do I need to use stickers or anything else special or can I just leave this stuff stacked on top of itself on a table in my basement? Currently the basement is fairly dry just because it’s winter and the heater is running in the house. In the spring/summer I run a dehumidifier down there as well. But I don’t know if I will hit issues if air is touching the tops of these boards and not the other sides or what. I could also cover them with a vinyl painters tarp. But maybe I’m just overthinking all this stuff. To my knowledge this stuff is ready to use, i.e. it should be dried already. Being so new to all of this I’m not sure if all the special storage rules only apply to boards that are in the process of drying, or if it applies to all wood.

Thanks!


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Boochiee

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 08:06 PM

Nice looking wood! (hah) But man I would like to buy some hardwood such as this. I have only been working with cheap pine until I learn more about it myself. I just keep the boards up against the wall in the garage. I am pretty sure I read up on lumber before and the hardwood is pretty good when it comes to moisture and it won’t take it in as much as softer woods like pine. The air contact I wouldn’t be concerned about but I’m not a pro.. yet ;)

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#2 posted 02-19-2019 08:14 PM

Is the wood green? Kiln dry?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 02-19-2019 08:20 PM

I would want to allow air circulation so would sticker the boards. Wood gains and loses moisture content based on it’s envirnoment even after reaching EMC. Some people swear by standing board up and leaning which also okay if boards get plenty of air circulation.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 02-19-2019 08:36 PM

I would definitely sticker it until you’re ready to work it. 3-6 months is plenty of time for strange things to happen. There are plenty of posts here about wood moving overnight. Why risk your investment?
Nice looking wood BTW.

-- Sawdust Maker

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CrankAddict

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#5 posted 02-19-2019 08:39 PM

Thanks everyone. And good call, better safe than sorry. Quick follow-up question, can I use regular wood shims that are tapered and would create about 5/16” of a space between boards? Or do I need a larger gap to allow more airflow?

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#6 posted 02-19-2019 08:51 PM

Stickers should be of the same width and thickness across the board or you could introduce warping from the weight of boards above. Shims would NOT be a good choice. Cut yourself a lot of stickers 3/4×3/4 and as long as you need to reach from side to side. Type of wood not real important.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#7 posted 02-19-2019 08:59 PM

Glad I asked, thanks!

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#8 posted 02-19-2019 10:11 PM

I have had my cypress stacked against the wall like this for 2 years now.

I screwed 3 1×2 strips to the wall and tied it all together with copper wire
so it won’t fall over. this way, it has air circulation from all 6 sides.
[Times Two with Bob, way down South in the beautiful Florida Keys].
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-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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CrankAddict

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#9 posted 02-19-2019 10:20 PM

Ok, I hope I’m good now, thanks for the tips!

Actually, since I’m a moron, I now see that I don’t have any under the bottom piece, back to the saw!

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#10 posted 02-19-2019 11:16 PM

those plastic tables have a bad habit of sagging under a load.
if you intend to go longer than a couple of months, transfer
the load to the floor if you have room. (with stickers on the floor).
you have a lot of $$.$$ invested there and you really need to take all the
precautions necessary in order to protect your investment.

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-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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#11 posted 02-19-2019 11:22 PM

John, I thought putting them on the floor at first actually. The paranoid part of me was worried that getting too close to the concrete floor would invite more moisture into the lower side of the lowest board. Maybe that’s overboard. Or maybe do a sheet of plastic then the stickers and build up from there?

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#12 posted 02-20-2019 02:41 AM

I would put stickers under the bottom piece as well

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#13 posted 02-20-2019 03:22 AM

I agree about the moisture from the floor. Lay a layer of plastic down first – high mil trash bags, plastic sheeting, old shower liners… even the table folded up.

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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#14 posted 02-20-2019 04:58 AM

One thing I usually do that i have personally had good luck with is cutting closer to length. For example if I have 10 foot boards and i know I will be making a 6’ table out of them i will cut them off at around 6’2” or so. Seems in the past when a longer board wants to twist or bow etc it seems to use that leverage more. Especially with my garage floor thats uneven.

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