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#1 posted 10-07-2012 08:27 PM

Without constant monitoring of wood and relative humidity not sure would see wood movement. If wood reached +/- 1 or 2%, EMC prior to construction not sure could measure appreciable amount of wood movement, kept in same environment. Properly, applied film finish will slow down wood gaining & loosing moisture but not stop it. Oil finishes might do nothing to stop water vapor exchange.

What would happen to that piece of furniture if moved into unheated and non-air conditioned space permanently? Again, without constant monitoring might not see much difference for quite some time.

One reason quarter sawn wood used in flooring is because minimal wood movement. What would happen to that quarter sawn wood floor if pipe broke and flooded the flooring for couple of hours?

Moisture Relations and Physical Properties of Wood

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