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Theolithic71
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I got my package today that has my fiberglass lams. They are coiled up in the box. Is it ok to store them coiled up for a while?

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I'm cutting/grinding my own core lams. How soon after I mill them would I need to use them? It's cold and super low humidity right now and I'm concerned my lams may turn to potato chips if I let the sit too long.

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Ted

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I uncoil my glass when I get it and store it flat - but I don't think it would hurt to leave it coiled.

I stack my wood lams and use electrical tape to tape them together - wrapped in 3 or 4 places along the lams with paper under the tape so it it not sticking to the wood. Not sure the best way, just how I do it.

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I uncoil the glass and keep it standing in carpet tubes.

I keep the lams taped together like Mitch does, and stored in boxes to keep the dust off.

They should not be finish ground until they're adequately dry, and if they are, then ground, then kept in that same dry atmoshphere, they won't warp... at least not enough to worry about.

I like to keep my lams in board form, or 'rough sawn' to about 3/16 - 1/4" until I'm ready to make the bow, then grind them a day or two before, when possible.

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Theolithic71
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Ok. Definately good idea on the dust free storage. Rough wood is hard to clean without changing dimensions.

Constraining the movement is a good idea too.

As always, thanks much!!

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