I have been getting this question a lot from my readers and I know how crucial it is for a woodworker to properly store his timber. Timber is the most necessary thing in woodworking. It is the basics and everything starts from it.
Timber is a very sensitive object and reacts very loudly to the atmosphere around it. Even a little increase in the humidity can swell up your timber or in worst-case rot it.
Below are a few ways that you can use to store your timer and grant it a longer work life. I hope this article answer all your question and clear all your confusions. Happy Woodworking.
It is always difficult to store large pieces of timber, so if possible you should store them in small neat piles. Timber is best stored in clean and dry place, away from any humidity but make sure that you do not store it on your garage floor or any concrete floor.
A concrete floor may look dry and moisture less but it is totally opposite to what we think. A Concrete floor has many small pores and is moist. When timber is kept on this floor for a long time, it absorbs the moisture present in the flour and this can either swell up the timber or rot it.
What ever happens the timber will no more be capable of use. So at least make sure that you don’t store the timber on a concrete floor.
Many of my friends suggested me to store the new as well as the left over timber in my house’s attic or loft and they are fairly good places too but you must check one thing before moving forward and that is the amount of humidity present in your attic.
If your attic is a lot drier than your work place then I wont suggest you to store the timber there. A dry attic may sound perfect but it should not be too dry or else your timber will expand as soon as you’ll bring it to your work place for use.
This expansion will happen, as the timber will try to adjust itself to the newly encountered humidity.
One more mistake amateur woodworkers make is that they start using the timber as soon as they bring it from the lumberyard. One should never do that; a lumberyard is a totally different place than your workshop. It can be very dry or humid and if you start working with the wood right away, it will start changing its shape due to the new environment it will be exposed to. So it is better to store the timber for a few days in your work area so that it can get used to the present environment.
If your are thinking Stickering is required for storing your timber then I would be happy to tell you that it is not required for small amount of wood.
Stickering increases the air activity around the boards– a good thing for green timber, but not required once it’s been dried. Besides, it’s a great deal of trouble to do it right with little pieces of timber, and stickered wood occupies a whole lot more area.