Awhile ago I posted about obtaining around 90 bf of red oak and I have been air drying it in my non-air conditioned warehouse with a rotary fan blowing on it. I picked up a moisture meter from Lowes (not the best, but I figured it would be good enough) and tested the wood at several different spots on the face of a board. The meter read from 7-8% in every instance so I assumed the wood was ready. So last night I went out to my shop and began salvaging the good lumber out of my stack (some boards had a good amount of checking and warpage since all of the boards were plain sawn from the original tree). After a bit, I decided to test the moisture level from the end grain from the center of one of my boards and the meter was reading at least 10% or higher. This was not what I wanted to see since I thought all of the boards were at 7-8%. Since I am paranoid about everything, I figured this might cause the boards that I have salvaged to warp even more since it still has some drying to do before it is workable. I just stopped cutting up boards and I decided to coat the ends of all of my new boards with latex paint to try to slow the drying process.
So my main question is, do you guys think I made a mistake and do you think this will actually make the boards warp more than they would have if the boards were left intact and dried a bit longer? I’ll post pictures later of some of the boards that I salvaged.
I just wanted some advice and insight from some of you seasoned woodworkers to help either reassure me or help me with my issue. If this isn’t a problem then I will go ahead and cut up the rest of my wood, but I definitely don’t want to if ya’ll recommend me not to.
-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso