I planned on jointing 2×4 construction timber (softwood) to make two 6 ft tall by 4ft long yard gate frames, onto which I would nail vertical featheredge board. I was going use T lap joints cut with the router and glue with Titebond 3. I chose this glue for our wet outdoor conditions and low minimum curing temperature of 47 F, which is about the workshop temp. at this time of year. I live in south west Wales 200 yards from the sea and we get some seriously wet Atlantic weather here, but temperatures are mild and temperate.
The timber arrived today from the local wood yard at the dock, very wet, measuring 25% moisture content on a meter I use for firewood. I had purposely avoided buying pressure treated timber in the hope standard construction timber would be dryer – but this hasn’t worked out.
Am I right in thinking Titebond 3 wont cure under these conditions? Is there any glue that could handle these conditions?
Will this soft wood be too wet to machine with the router? It was sticky with the hand saw on a test piece.
Naturally, my thoughts turn to drying this wood and also how dry will it need to be before I can cut and glue successfully.
I can either leave the timber in the workshop or bring it into an unused unheated room in the house which is at about 54 degrees Fahrenheit. Is either options going to have much impact on the moisture content and how quickly? What value of moisture content should I be aiming at before starting work?
Any advice is most welcome. Many thanks.