Equilibrium Moisture Content ?

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03-12-2010 10:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: moisture content acclimate pine

I picked up a small batch of beetle-kill, Lodgepole Pine, yesterday, from the mill that logs and saws it.

My moisture meter calls it 10%.

My understanding is that there is an Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) for every given temp and humidity level.

From calculators like this one, it seems that my 64*F basement, sitting at 40% relative humidity, would—over time—create an EMC of 7.8%—NOT far from the current 10%.

That … to me … seems close enough that there’s just about no reason to let it sit in my shop for a week or two, no? Particularly since I want to build a gift for my nephew who lives in a dry, temperate part of Southern California, where they DO NOT have a whole-house humidifier.

What say ye??

Thanks much … as always :-)

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 11:26 PM

Ye ?
what on earth they teach in those colleges ?

” take thine wood ,
work it unto the Lord ,
and send it forth ” .

” the people shall rejoice ,
and all hither and yon ,
shall be mightily impressed ” !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-13-2010 01:00 AM


Thank you, thank you, THANK you for making it simple enough that even I could understand it :-)

I was rather aching that I’d have to wait. Apparently, maybe over-thinking it a tad, too !

Your permission to go forth and multiply (well, follow your brilliant tutorial, and surface, anyway) makes heaps of difference :-)

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 03-13-2010 02:47 AM

in simple terminology …plan it…rip it…joint it…glue it…...sand it….and smile on ye yonder project…..then seal it..sand it ..poly away…...take your wood and joyfully play…....send it to yonder nephew in kali forn i—-aaaaa…do it all again…is what we lumber jocks say…....grizzman

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#4 posted 03-13-2010 07:25 AM


Will do!!

I just couldn’t wait. I just COULDN’T.

The wood … it was calling to me!!

Thanks :-)

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 03-13-2010 04:55 PM

great post!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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