Sealed Ends

Temporary Lumber Storage

IT'S OKAY TO STORE WOOD in an unheated garage for short periods of time. However, within a few months, significant changes can occur in the wood's moisture content.

If you must store wood in an unheated space, you can do a few things to slow the moisture uptake:

1. Stack the lumber flat to minimize exposure of the boards to the air.

2. Seal the end grain.

3. Use blocks to keep the stack off a concrete floor.

Be sure to bring your wood into a heated space a few weeks before you use it. As cra2y as it sounds, some woodworkers stack wood under their beds to let it acclimate before they build with it. As always, it pays to check your wood with a moisture meter before you use it.

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