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What Types Of Wood Are Safe For Coin Storage?

 
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 Posted 11/13/2019  4:50 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CA_Coin_Hunter to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am building a cabinet to store my coins, what sort of wood should I avoid? I know oak and evergreens should be avoided since they tone coins black. But are there any other types of wood I should avoid? I have been thinking of using Russian birch plywood since I found nothing about it being harmful.

Thanks for the help!
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 Posted 11/13/2019  6:18 pm  Show Profile   Check SPP-Ottawa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SPP-Ottawa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ultimately, it's the humidity that is most important factor to control, not necessarily the wood. Maybe build in a vented place in the cabinet to keep larger silica gel desiccant packs, and so you can easily swap them out.
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 Posted 11/13/2019  8:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Pertinax to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Don't use plywood of any type - since you don't know what glue has been used and also because it may warp.

Don't use sappy wood.

Most antique coin cabinets are made of African mahogany.

This wood database may help. https://www.wood-database.com
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 Posted 11/14/2019  09:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Most antique coin cabinets are made of African mahogany.
My Lighthouse slab box is Mahogany. Or so it says on the box is shipped in. I assume if were not safe, they would not use it.
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Your biggest concern is what's called 'off gassing'. This is a slightly different situation but I was commissioned to build some archival storage/display cases for some old business ledgers and an antique bottle with the label still on. My customer said they wanted walnut wood unfinished for this purpose. (I would assume a finish like urethane, etc. would seriously off gas for years.) I believe walnut has a fairly neutral pH so should be safe for any intended long term storage projects.

Edit: I just read Wade's link. Looks like mahogany is the way to go.
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 Posted 11/14/2019  11:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BGLI to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
wood cabinet sounds very nice. on the other end of the storage spectrum is is bad idea to store coins in cardboard box or those large plastic bins with covers? Are there issues with plastic and cardboard to store collections? thanks
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 Posted 11/14/2019  11:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sarge50 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like the 35mm slide boxes to store my coins!

1. Cheap ($15-$28 on eBay)
2. Holds 150
3. Can be different collections In Each box
4. Love the handle to carry
5. Closes securely
6. Pre slotted for 2X2 cards
7. Usually comes with an index card you can write what each card is to corresponding slot
8. No humidity issues




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