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lblankenship

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03-26-2019 05:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber storage workshop

Hi all,

Just planning my future shop, it’s not happening anytime soon but why not start planning now? Ha.

I wanted to see what thoughts were on storing lumber in a separate shed/building than your workshop. My original thought was it would be great for saving workspace but I wasn’t sure how the lumber would acclimate. If I brought the lumber home and stored it in one shed would I need to let it acclimate again in the actual shop prior to using it?

Let’s assume the shed would be fully enclosed but not heated or cooled where as the actual shop would be heated and cooled.

Thanks in advance!


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Boochiee

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#1 posted 03-26-2019 06:42 PM

I am a complete novice but I think that sounds awesome! My major concern would be humidity. From as far as I can recall I am pretty sure you wouldn’t want any wood warping from the moisture in the air. I don’t think it really needs a certain temp but if the humidity is very high then it might mess with the wood.

I’m just looking for a whole new house that has a large barn or additional garage that I can put all my woodworking supplies and tools inside.

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#2 posted 03-26-2019 07:33 PM

It’s what I do (lumber in garage, shop in basement). It’s slightly inconvenient to have to plan a bit ahead and cart the wood for a project into the shop a bit in advance (a few days to a week depending on the time of year), but not really a big deal.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 03-26-2019 09:11 PM

Do you ever buy green lumber?

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lblankenship

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#4 posted 03-26-2019 10:39 PM


Do you ever buy green lumber?

- avsmusic1

Not currently but I don’t want to say that Wilma always be the case.

Basically I’m wondering if i still need to let the lumber acclimate to the actual shop before doing so or if the change would be minimal moving from a shed to the shop. If it would need to acclimate a second time then I would probably just try to allocate space in the actual shop. That way it can start acclimating immediately and it will be ready to start milling whenever I need it.

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#5 posted 03-26-2019 11:08 PM

I did the same last summer, built a shed (it’s in my project section) just for storing lumber and outdoor tools.
I never thought of acclimation as the purpose of the shed was to store stuff, period :)
But since it’s outside in the open air with the humidity and temp changes as compared to inside a more environment friendly secured, I would have to say yes… you would have to somewhat worry about acclimation. However, I would be more concerned in general, about drying the wood when bringing it home than acclimation.
In a perfect world, could bring home lumber and store in 65 degree low humidity room for a year before ready to use.
I have outdoor shed. I do not worry at all about acclimation. Maybe I should :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#6 posted 03-26-2019 11:23 PM

Acclimate can mean a lot of different things. Most guys do not have a “conditioned” shop to the extent we do in our homes. So unless you are just making shop furniture it will almost always change some coming out of that building you call a shop, and wherever it ends up, inside or out.

If it’s in one non conditioned building, and you bring it to another that may be the least you will see changes. Generally it’s moving it from the shop, to a home, IE conditioned space.

I just factored it in on my shop, and overbuilt so I could also house wood storage inside. Mostly because it saves steps going to the wood shed, and then bringing it all into the shop. I only need to carry once now, and that keeps me happy.

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#7 posted 03-27-2019 02:14 AM


Do you ever buy green lumber?

- avsmusic1

Not currently but I don t want to say that Wilma always be the case.

Basically I m wondering if i still need to let the lumber acclimate to the actual shop before doing so or if the change would be minimal moving from a shed to the shop. If it would need to acclimate a second time then I would probably just try to allocate space in the actual shop. That way it can start acclimating immediately and it will be ready to start milling whenever I need it.

- lblankenship


As others noted, th short answer is yes. The only reason I could see to build a separate shed if u didn’t have to, is if it was partially open to air dry green lumber

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#8 posted 03-27-2019 06:09 AM

You should still acclimate the wood to your shop temperature. I just got 50 board of hickory, and put it in the shop. I’m waiting about a week before I start making a Hope Chest with it. I’ll make a couple Urns with the remainder. I do suggest that you buy your wood as you need it, or you could have a bunch of money sitting there in wood. Cost adds up in a hurry.

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