Wood storage

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  1. J_Mac

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    Where do you like to put your wood?

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    Let me rephrase. What is the the best place for storing exotic hardwoods? House or garage, upright or horizontal? Etc...
     
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    My wife hates it but, I store mine right next to our bed. I would probably sleep with it if it weren't for splinters! :lol:

    I really do this though. I wouldn't put my guitar anywhere I would not be comfortable so, I store my lumber the same way since that's how it will (hopefully) end up.
     
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    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Makes sense though.
     
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    Horizontal, stacked is best. Then again, there's many a lumber yard with the nice display pieces standing upright with no issues. Garare or house doesn't matter much either, though preferably a room with little temperature and humidity fluctuation.
     
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    I leave my wood in my heated garage (between 10 and 25 deg C most days)
    My builds typically take a very long time (6 months +)
    My thought process is let it run through the REASNABLE temperature and humidity swings in my garage. if it's gonna move... let it do so...
    Once it's done moving.. it's good to go and unlikely to move in the future after I've built the instrument...
    I also try to buy wood locally as local wood has already acclimatized to somewhat near my conditions...
    My thought process may be way out to lunch tho... I've had good luck with it so far...
     
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    Even though lumber yard display some pieces vertically I still wouldn't do so. I did an experiment where I ripped a board in half laterally and laid one piece flat for storage and the other vertical against a wall. The piece lying horizontal remained flat while the vertical one developed a slight bow even though they two pieces where formerly the same piece of wood.

    For my lumber usually keep it stacked in a closet so I can control the environment and keep it away from mites.
     
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    Regardless whether you have perfect control over temperature or moisture, you need to expose the wood to its environment evenly.

    If you have to expose a face of the wood, you must expose the other side too. It's better to have the entire piece get dryer or wetter than have it occur unevenly and warp.
     
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    Horizontal in the house wins then :) cheers \m/
     
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    My original supplier that sold top notch certified timber stored all the boards in constant cool conditions and I never saw a bad piece in that place so that's how I store mine.
    I always bring it indoors for a few weeks before I use it.
     
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    Vertical or horizontal?
     
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    Either way.
     

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