Dealing with winter workshop conditions

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Woodmatt

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Good morning all,
How do you guys deal with making stuff in a winter workshop with winter levels of moisture and then taking the items you have made into a dry home environment only to find the piece twists,cups or bows.
I have just made a table with an 800mm wide solid top using 6 equal width boards only to find some have cupped by up to 2mm.
Any help or advice to solve this problem would be appreciated.
 

Jameshow

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I'd suggest if using rough sawn boards scrub planning first then gluing up indoors, leave to accimatise to the dry centrally heated house and then a final planning.

Cheers James
 

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I keep the workshop at around 15 degrees c & the dehumidifier keeps the humidity at around 40%, I keep timber in the workshop for as long as possible before making a project.
If I’m cutting timber out of large sections of wood I’ll plane the pieces I want over sized & leave them to acclimatise for a good few weeks then check with a moisture meter.
My own dining table is made from 3 planks of air dried Olive Ash which started out over 350mm wide I got this down to 3% moisture before making the top & so far, fingers crossed, in two years there’s has been no movement.
 
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