Over the past weekend I finally took the time to take care of a couple of pressing matters – first, I had to make some room in my shop for my recent shipment of 5/4 maple from the folks at Bell Forest Products.
This isn’t always easy considering space can be tight in the basement workshop. And given this is easily an extra 700-800 pounds of lumber, I decided I didn’t want to risk overloading my lumber rack since I’m not sure how long it’ll be sitting there until I can start building my new workbench.
The second matter I needed to take care of was physically moving the lumber into the basement. This part is actually pretty straightforward. I start by picking it up, one or two boards at a time and carefully navigate it through a couple of doors and down a flight of stairs.
I will admit though…about a third of the way through the pile I was really starting to think a garage shop is what I should have instead.
After about an hour I finally had everything in place and all this maple is staged up and off the basement floor on a few bricks to help ensure I get good airflow around the pile.
Once it was in place I was able to move my tools back into position and it’s time to let the wood acclimate to its new environment.
But I have to make a confession at this point. When it comes to acclimating stock in my shop I have a bit of a “do as I say and not as I do” hypocrisy. I frequently recommend that folks bring their materials in the shop up to 2 weeks before they start their project. But the reality in my shop is that I often barely wait a full week before I break into it.
This is because I buy my stock from lumber mills that I know take the time to make sure their materials are properly dried before they’re sent out.
What this means for me is that the majority of the wood I purchase is practically ready to go as soon as it hits my shop. The moisture content is usually about the same of what I already have in my shop so it’s usually just a matter of resting inbetween unloading and getting started…and apparently I just need a lot of rest after exerting myself that much?!
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