10 year kiln dried cherry.

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Forum topic by Broglea posted 02-03-2014 02:38 AM 1041 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2014 02:38 AM

I have an opportunity to buy 400 board feet of 4/4 cherry. The seller told me the cherry was kiln dried to 7% moisture content initially, but since has been stored in a non humidity controlled environment for the last 10 years.

What would the moisture content in the lumber be now? My guess would be greater than 7%, but would it still be stable enough to use in furniture that will be indoors?

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#1 posted 02-03-2014 02:54 AM

It will probably be between 7-10% MC. Cherry is pretty easy to dry out again. You can run some box fans and a dehumidifier in your shop and it will dry out in a week or two.

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 05:07 AM

12% is generally what lumber will equalibrate to over an extended period of time unless your climate is very dry with low humidity.

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

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#3 posted 02-03-2014 12:27 PM

Buy a moisture meter. It will eliminate the guess work.

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#4 posted 02-03-2014 08:08 PM

It all depends upon the area in which the wood was stored vs the area it will be kept. Most areas will maintain a 12-15% content, others more or less. I’m in NW Oregon, and my outdoors wood will dry to about 25%; my Brother is in Nevada, and it dries almost bone dry there. If you use it for yourself, I’d give it a month in your home before using it just to be on the safe side.

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#5 posted 02-03-2014 08:25 PM

If you are in a high humidity but worse – true 4 season area with cold winters/hot summers – I would look at it for severe checking – after 10 years unconditioned freeze thaw, you may have a lot of scrap.

It will be plenty stable, just make sure you have enough usable length.

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