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Forum topic by opalko posted 12-16-2010 10:44 PM 929 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2010 10:44 PM

Hello all!

I bought some kiln dried 4/4 Cherry from an online lumber supplier located in AZ. I’m in MS which I must think is waaay more humid than Arizona. My question is how long before I can actually start using the lumber? Another factor is that the lumber, is stacked & stickered in my shop right now which is enclosed but not heated/cooled so is a different environment entirely from where the final project is going (inside house).

Cheers,
Robert


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#1 posted 12-17-2010 05:27 AM

Marc Spagnolo (The Wood Whisperer) did a bit on his informal approach to monitoring changes in moisture content. It was a while ago but it may be worth checking out some of his articles on his site.

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#2 posted 12-17-2010 10:51 AM

They always let wood flooring set on site for 2 weeks on jobs I have been on. Usually putting gym floors in schools.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 12-17-2010 04:00 PM

Do you have a link to the Spagnolo article? I can’t seem to locate it.

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#4 posted 12-18-2010 05:16 PM

I can try to find it later today…

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#5 posted 12-19-2010 12:07 AM

Stack it on stickers in your shop for a couple of weeks before you start to work it. After you have milled it slightly oversize, stack it on stickers again for a couple of weeks, preferably in the area you intend to store the finished furniture. Then do your final milling and cut to size. If it is kiln dried material, all you are doing is returning it to its equilibrium moisture content and that process generally will be be complete within a couple of weeks.

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#6 posted 12-19-2010 07:47 PM

2-3 weeks in your environment will be fine. AZ is like a dry kiln and if the wood is already kiln dried you are talking about a moisture gradient of 3-4 points difference.

-- Kyle Edwards, http://www.sawmillnc.com, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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