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04-29-2013 07:04 AM

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I have cut some boards from a dead maple tree blown down on my property. I bought a moisture meter and the wood is about 12%. I have stacked in my shop and have a fan blowing through. I want to build a desk with the lumber. At what moisture content can I successfully build with the air dried lumber? I have no way to kiln dry it.

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#1 posted 04-29-2013 08:47 AM

They always say 7-10%. That said, depending on local humidity that may not be possible.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-29-2013 11:57 AM

Bring the boards inside your house and sticker stack them in an out of the way place for about 1 month. The wood will come into equilibrium with the environment inside the house.

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

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#3 posted 04-29-2013 01:55 PM

How thick are they? and how long have they been drying? Moisture meters only measure surface moisture. If they are 4” thick slabs that have been drying for only 6 months, that would be asking for trouble.

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 02:55 PM

cut about 6 in off end of a board and check center 7-10 % as said before you can place boards in attic stickered it will act as a solar kiln. if it is not dry and u decide to putin attic paint ends for uniform moisture release. dryed chery like this in loisiana 40 -50% humidity dried to 8% moisture center works great

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 03:53 PM

I cut the boards to about 1 1/4” hoping to mill them down to 3/4” or so. My shop/garage is not heated, but gets some heat from the house. I stickered the boards and have a fan blowing between them. I have read that it is difficult to get the wood below 10% MC by air drying. The tree had been dead for several years, I’m not sure how long when it blew over.

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