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Forum topic by Arbuckster posted 02-09-2013 06:22 PM 1562 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2013 06:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood drying moisture content wood projects

I fell two large english oak trees last year and had them cut into 3/4” boards. I live in northern Oregon so drying wood takes some time. The wood has been stored in my shed without heat or much circulation. My questions is, what is the best moisture content for projects such as a rocker, bandsaw boxes, ect….

-- Arbuckster, Oregon

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#1 posted 02-09-2013 06:45 PM

8-10% ideally.

In reality when it acclimates to the inside of your shop is when you can use it.

My shop stays around 30% humidity and the wood acclimates to about 12-14%.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 02-09-2013 09:40 PM

One size doesn’t fit all. It depend a lot on where you live. Wood that has lived in my shop for year is still around 12%

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#3 posted 02-09-2013 10:07 PM

I had some walnut cut 3 years ago and stickered it in a corn crib I checked it last fall took it in the shop planed it down it was 8 to 10 %.

-- Dick F,Burg Iowa

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#4 posted 02-09-2013 11:14 PM

10% or less.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 02-09-2013 11:38 PM

The quicker you sticker and wax the ends the better. I’d let them sit outside covered for about 3 months before taking them to a kiln. Be prepared for twisting and warping. Sometimes if you know you don’t need anything longer than 4’ or 6’ you can have a sawyer cut them before the internal stresses take control and that might produce a better bunch of boards. Certainly easier to store. I’ve got some 12’ walnut in my shop that is driving me nuts. I can’t move it very easily.

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#6 posted 02-10-2013 02:13 AM

What do you do if you live in an high humidity area and the MC won’t reach 10 % or less?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 02-10-2013 03:14 AM

Bring it in the house and sticker stack it behind the couch for 2 months.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#8 posted 02-10-2013 03:30 AM


If you post is directed at me, My house and my shop are pretty close to the same humidity level as both are heated year round. and only 80 feet apart.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 02-12-2013 08:45 PM

If you have no mold it is probably fine by now. But “north” Oregon could mean Enterprise, where it would be dry as a bone, but it could mean St Helens (where I’m at), where you would be wise to be skeptical. WDHLT15 above is right, put it in your house for a couple months and you should be okay. In my opinion, it should be dry enough to not need stickering, just a little ventilation.

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