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Blog entry by bobbo1963 posted 07-28-2009 04:09 PM 828 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know have all the lumber that I need for the project and more than enough wood.
The question I have is when dealing with ten year old air dried wood, is thier a preffered time of the year to build with it? Should I bring the wood indoors? Should moisture be a concern? I will not have any panels to deal with and the widest I am going to have is about ten inches. I am building a cradle.

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#1 posted 07-28-2009 04:49 PM

after 10 years your wood should be ready to go…without having any large panels to wonder about i would say get to work on it…...unless your in a really humid place it should be fine…you can always check it and see what the moisture content is, just for peace of mind…..what kind of wood are you useing…...and enjoy your project.

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#2 posted 07-28-2009 05:08 PM

dependent on the species, the thickness, how it was stored , and where you live, it is possible the wood will still move when machined. I suggest measuring with a moisture meter. around 6% and you will have no troubles.

another way to tell without a meter is to cut a piece, then hold the fresh cut side against your cheek. if you can feel the dampness, then it will surely move and cause problems. otherwise it’s good to go.

best of luck.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 07:41 PM

A good practice for any lumber is to pre-mill or just open it up.

Figure out the placement of the wood in your project and start cutting and milling it. Do not mill it all the way to finished dimensions, leave it oversized.

Let it rest or acclimate to the shop for a few days. At this point the pieces that are going to be trouble will reveal themselves.

After this rest period you may continue building and finish milling with fair assurance that the wood is stable.

Wood will also move as you release the tension in it by cutting into smaller pieces, it is not only due to moisture.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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