Guitar Making Tip No. 94

Guitar Making Tip Number 94 is about storing guitar parts. It’s important to store guitar parts in a climate controlled area, free from drastic changes in temperature and humidity. If you store your parts like this, they will move less during construction. Here is why.

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Guitar Parts and Climate

guitar making tip number 94Wood is a material that takes in and lets go of water as the humidity changes. As it gets wetter, the wood takes in moisture and changes in size. Dryer, and it lets go of moisture.

There are also changes that happen in extreme heat and in extreme cold. If you live in a place that has very hot temperatures, or very cold temperatures, then you need to do something about how you store your wood.

One method is to add a thermostat and then devices to heat or cool the shop. If you have a shop that is not very well insulated, it can end up adding quite a bit to your electric or gas bill.

Another thing you can do is to not worry about the climate in the shop, and simply just bring the pieces you are working on into the house when you are done. Most houses are climate controlled, so you won’t have to worry about any temperature extremes.

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How Extremes Affect Wood

Extreme temperatures can have the effect of amplifying the changes that wood goes through as the humidity changes. It can cause cracking, warping, and even breaking. Glue can become weakened, and pieces can become separated.

If you have a shop that does not change in temperature or humidity that much, then feel free to leave your pieces out there. If not, then it’s a good idea to bring them inside between woodworking sessions. For more tips, check out my 25 Best Guitar Making Tips.

When you safeguard your pieces from extreme conditions, you ensure that the parts are getting the best chance to work well. The last thing you want to do is work on a top, then let it get really dried out and hot. It will warp, and you will have a useless top after all that work.


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Having a Space Inside the House

The place you store your parts inside the house doe not have to be fancy. You really only need a place that the pieces won’t be bothered. There are a number of areas that you can store them, and it will only take a minute.

I like to store my parts in the closet. I have a small area on a shelf that is cleared, and as I need to place pieces I fill up that area. It’s big enough to store a couple bodies and a few necks, which is about all I work on at one time.

I always keep the area clear, and it is really handy. The extra nice thing, is that sometimes I don’t get into the shop for a week or more. In that time I don’t have to worry about the pieces being bombarded by really extreme temperatures or humidity.

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Guitar Making Tip No. 94 – Wrap Up

Wood changes in really extreme weather. It’s a good idea to either add climate control to your shop. or just bring the pieces indoors when you are done. The latter of the two being the much less expensive solution.

Create a space inside the house that you can store the pieces you are working with. It does not have to be huge, it only needs to be enough to hold your parts. Once you are done in the shop, bring in the pieces you are working with.

Now that the parts are inside, you do not have to worry about them changing shape. The internal temperature and humidity are going to be fairly constant. If you don’t get into the shop for a while, you don’t have to worry about broken pieces.

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