8/4 walnut and cherry between 7 - 9% moisture

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I have a bunch of 8/4 walnut and cherry live edge slabs air drying with 7 – 9% moisture. The walnut has been stickered for ~18 months and the cherry has been stickered ~12 months. What moisture level would be desirable for 8/4 walnut and cherry?

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#1 posted 440 days ago

Is that the MC at the surface or have you cut a piece off to see if the center MC is roughly the same?

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#2 posted 440 days ago

This is the MC from the surface of serveral different pieces throughout the pile.

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#3 posted 439 days ago

I would have a hard time cutting a piece of 8/4 walnut or cherry at random unless I knew i needed that cut in the future, But from what i’ve seen and been told that is the best way to check the MC on drying wood.

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#4 posted 439 days ago

Desired moisture content depends on how you plan to use it. In extremely dry climates, you might want to go down to 6%, but generally 8% is accepted. A good pin moisture meter should give you a good idea of the moisture content. For thicker pieces, I drive a pair of nails half way into the wood, and use them for moisture probes. What temperature did you reach while drying? You need to hold at least 140 degrees to kill any bugs—especially since you are dealing with live edges.

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#5 posted 439 days ago

Cut a couple inches off the end, and test the m.c. again.
You might get numbers between 12-15%.
For indoor furniture 6-8% is ideal, more or less.
If you can enclose the lumber, a home dehumidifier, a heater, and some fans will bring the m.c. down in a couple weeks.

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