I recently came upon some antique books in my possesion that are
falling apart due to Florida heat and humidity. I am an avid
woodworking enthusiast and interested in building a small (enough for
at least a half dozen books or so) bookcase that is hermetically
sealed against humidity. The idea is somewhat like a reverse humidor
and I have looked at some humidor plans, but still have no idea how I
am going to make this work. Anyone with: plans, ideas, stories,
comments etc. relating to this topic would be a lot of help.
Alex, I suggest a heater used in gun safes to keep the humidity down. That is what I
have in my huge Fort Knox. Run a Google search for "gun+safe+heater."
Here is only one such hit:
It looks exactly like mine, but I got mine from Fort Knox. Sealing your bookcase is
The "goldenrod" heater is one option, in that instance you definitely do
not want the space to be airtight. Might be overkill in such a small space.
Another option for such a small space would be using silica dessicant.
It is available in metal canisters that you recharge in your oven. There
is a color change either in the crystals themselves or a indicator dot
telling you when the unit needs recharging. In this case, sealing up
airtight would be necessary so you're not recharging every other day.
Can't help you on the bookcase idea.
But, a quick interim solution would be to seal up each book using one of
those kitchen vacuum food sealers. That's what I use for my most valuable
comic books. You'll want to go to a comic shop and get acid-free plastic
bags to put them in before putting them in the sealer bag.
That should, at least, preserve them until you solve your bookcase problem.
BTW: Once you find a solution for the bookcase approach, post it here for
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