the addition #1: rough oak wood

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Blog entry by bucaru posted 03-29-2012 03:00 AM 736 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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this is my first try at cabinets.I got a great deal on some rough cut red oak and got myself a planner.So here I go.I got about 600 board feet an it is nice wood.I was stored for 20 years in a barn and it is very dry.the cabinets will be smooth face to show off the grain of the wood.So here is hoping that all goes well,willshow pic as I go

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 12:20 PM

If your wood has been stored in a barn for 20 years, it may feel dry, but it’s only going to be dry to the touch. It won’t dry below the relative humidity of the area of the country where it’s stored. Your wood should finish drying inside your home in about 30 days or so. Here’s a list of ways to determine the moisture content of your find.

The best way to check without paying a fortune for a moisture meter is the oven-dry method. All you need is a short piece of a board that will fit in the oven. (from the center not the end of a board) I usually cut a 6 to 8” slice from the middle of a board. I test a 1/2 to 1 lb section by weighing the sample, recording the weight, and drying the sample till it stops loosing weight. Then you can calculate the moisture content of your original sample. A google search will turn up a lot more information on drying wood.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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