moisture meter?????

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Forum topic by SCOTSMAN posted 12-23-2008 10:57 PM 1079 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2008 10:57 PM

How many of you have wood moisture meters.I do a bit of cabinet making as most of you will know by now alsoI like to turn wood,so I am thinking of investing in a not too expensive wood moisture meter.I have some lovely oak but it is very dry and burns your hands when turning hence I need to wear gloves the particles come of very hot any ideas?these may sond and are probably two seperate issues but I wonder how many have meters and how they overcome very dry wood when cutting hard dry wood.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Al Killian

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#1 posted 12-23-2008 11:02 PM

I do not have a meter yet. Will be getting one soon. For dry hard wood(ie. white oak) just take your time and have a very sharp blade.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#2 posted 12-23-2008 11:18 PM

I have heard dont get the 59.00 one get atleast the 139.00 one. & I would say besure your tools are super sharp & slow down. Good luck, & Merry Christmas! Ted.

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#3 posted 12-23-2008 11:59 PM

I have a Wagner L609 pinless meter that does an good job measuring wood in the 6-22% moisture range. But it largely is a novelty item rather than a necessity. Wood is going to rapidly equilibrate to the ambient moisture levels and, since I do not have access to a kiln to dry it again, I just have to use it as is irregardless of its moisture content. Normally this works out to be between 11 and 14% depending on the environmental conditions.

Would I get one again? Probably not. But one area I do see where it might be useful is in making your own lumber. I am planning on building a sled for my bandsaw and sawing small logs. Keeping track of the moisture content in this wood might be a useful task for this meter.

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#4 posted 12-24-2008 01:16 AM

ABoslutly a must IF you get your wood directly from the Mill or rough milled wood. Even if it has been air dried for sometime you still can have a lot of variation. If you buy some cherry you will soon learn a lot about mositure

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#5 posted 12-24-2008 03:06 AM

i have a meter and use it alot, i like to turn a bunch of rough green bowls and then wax them and let them air dry. with the meter i can tell which ones are ready to finsh and which ones need more time. also if your shavings are hot you may be taking to big a cut , keep your tools sharp and take nice easy slow cuts. have fun and a great holiday.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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