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Re: Acclimatising pine wood.
Reply #4 - Apr 27th, 2004, 10:34pm
 
Many thanks for the advice. The reason for the size of the bookcase is that I am trying to make a matching copy of a bookcase that I bought several years ago - I have more books than space!
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Re: Acclimatising pine wood.
Reply #3 - Apr 27th, 2004, 5:54pm
 
Stack it for a long as possible with small strips of wood between each plank to allow air to circulate all round the boards. You can also place weights on top to help keep them flat.

As Big All  says a lot will depend on how much difference there is between your intended location and the moisture content when bought. If you have accurate weighing equipment (1gram accuracy) you can monitor the weight of a plank, once there is no more change the wood will have reached equilibrium, or buy a moisture meter.

Even if the wood was kiln dried it depends how it has been stored since leaving the kiln which may have been on the other side of the world as wood will take in moisture as well as loose it.

As for shelf width, I prefer to have the shelf a little wider than the widest book, so long as the shelf spacing allows 1" clearance it's easy to hook a finger into the top of the spine to pull a book out.

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Re: Acclimatising pine wood.
Reply #2 - Apr 26th, 2004, 11:47pm
 
heelllooo sir chriss

depends on where the wood was stored
before you got it [the present moisture content]

two or three weeks if youve got the time
dont store near direct heat

wood yards giveyou better quality[in general]
but may cost more quite often with free delivery

now assuming your talking about 11 by 1 inch
par timber[plained all round]i think cupping is
inevitible you may have to live with it

unless you buy kiln dried

i think you will still get reasonable results if its
only cupped a little bit

why are you choosing such wide timbers
if your book is 12 inches wide you would only
need about 10 by 1inch timber
if the shelve is bigger than the timber getting
the books out may be difficult
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Re: Acclimatising pine wood.
Reply #1 - Apr 26th, 2004, 11:44pm
 
I'd keep it in its final location for a few days. The longer the better but you are likely to find the boards cupping as they dry. This is why most furniture makers buy their wood rough sawn then joint & plane all sides square once it's acclimatised.
You're likely to find such wide boards cupping a lot as they dry. It's usually better to use narrower boards then join them with the grain going in opposite directions so one cancels out the other.
That's one of the prime uses of a biscuit jointer.
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Acclimatising pine wood.
Apr 26th, 2004, 11:12pm
 
Hi, I am building a pine book case. How long should I keep the wood in the room to acclimatise it before working with it? The boards are 10.5"wide  by 1" thick.
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