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Forum topic by Rob67 posted 04-28-2010 08:09 PM 1276 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rob67

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04-28-2010 08:09 PM

As I am still new to woodworking and just got a moisture meter I was wondering what moisture content needs to be before I can work with wood. I had a recent problem with some small panels that warped real bad and I think it was because the wood wasn’t dry enough (or maybe I clamped it to tight or maybe I just am not doing it right).


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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#1 posted 04-28-2010 08:23 PM

I’m right there with you on this subject!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#2 posted 04-28-2010 10:41 PM

If you bought lumber from a lumber yard, mill or big box it should be dry enough when you get it. The need for a moisture meter arises when you cut down your own tree or somehow acquire some green lumber.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 04-28-2010 10:45 PM

Got a few minutes?

I think this is a really good introduction to what we need to know about moisture content:

http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplrn/fplrn226.pdf

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 04-28-2010 11:12 PM

Rich, Unfortunately you can’t trust the mills the lumber yards are buying from to dry to the correct moisture content. If lumber is in short supply, they will rush the drying. Lumber mills are just like any other business, some will try to get buy with something to make a buck. I buy from several very reputable dealers and still check moisture content frequently. I buy thousands of board ft of lumber every month and can’t afford to take a hit on my product coming back to me. It has happened in the past because I depended on suppliers to watch that sort of thing.

Moisture meters are cheap compared to eating a hundred or so cabinet doors.

Now Rob, in answer to your question, NBneer gave a good link that answers that well.

-- http://shepherdtoolandsupply.com/

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#5 posted 04-28-2010 11:38 PM

Good link NBeener but I would like to add. Even if when get home and your wood is already in a good moisture range don’t start working right away. You should leave your wood acclimate to your surrondings for a few days.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 04-28-2010 11:39 PM

between 6-8 percent is what i hear.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 04-29-2010 11:52 AM

I heard 6-8 percent also. I usually let it aculmate to my shop for about a week, depending the weather outside.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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