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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 566 days ago

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 566 days ago

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 566 days ago

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 566 days ago

10% or less.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 566 days ago

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.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#6 posted 565 days ago

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 565 days ago

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

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#8 posted 565 days ago


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 563 days ago

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.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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