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Forum topic by TinWhiskers posted 10-19-2015 02:22 PM 429 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2015 02:22 PM

I am new to working with slabs. I was wondering if it would be ok to start sanding before I reach 12% moisture content? Itching to get started planeing and sanding. Wood I want to start with is 2” x 18” x 100”. 18% at this point. 30% in the dark areas.


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#1 posted 10-19-2015 02:25 PM

If it was 18% you might be able to start doing some planing and work on it, depending on what the normal humidity is where the slab will be placed.

30% is pushing it. I think you will have some problems working on it at this point.

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#2 posted 10-19-2015 02:28 PM

For sure. It is advisable to plane/sand rough cut wood in order to get an even surface which will help wood dissipate moisture more evenly. The main thing is to not get it hot while sanding/planing.


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#3 posted 10-19-2015 02:33 PM

Outdoor bench with a back. Piece shown is the back rest. North Ohio. I would not add legs or do anything else at this point. Just planing and sanding.

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