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How To: #2: Wood EMC (equilibrium moisture content) for the USA

02-27-2020 03:30 PM by OSU55 | 1 comment »

This chart shows wood EMC for all states and multiple state locations in some cases. Based on 30 years of humidity and temperature data, this is also a useful predictor of relative drying times/rates in different parts of the country. Drier areas will need more moisture barrier between the wood and air to slow evaporation rate to prevent checking/cracking. References are listed in the picture of the table. You may want to save the image and bring it up in a photo viewer to make it easier to r...

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Saturday in the Woodworking Shop #8: Dehumidifying Lumber Storage

07-14-2015 02:35 PM by AndyPitts | 2 comments »

Today I’m talking about how I maintain my lumber stash ready for building furniture where I live in humid eastern Virginia. Left to it’s own in an unconditioned space, my kiln dried lumber (6-8% MC) would gradually migrate toward 12 % MC, so I’ve solved that by dehumidifying my storage location. Nothing high tech, here, but it works. In my work I like to start out with wood of a known moisture content, approximately the equilibrium moisture content for the intended environme...

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How to Use a Pinless Wood Moisture Meter

12-14-2012 03:15 PM by WoodGoddess | 2 comments »

I’ve discovered throughout the Internet that often times customers are a bit confused or disheartened when selecting a moisture meter and even more so when it comes time to use it. So I’ve gather a bit of “quick tips” that I hope will help users faced with a pinless moisture meter. What is a pinless moisture meter and why use it? A pinless wood moisture meter is a reliable, non-invasive way to assess moisture content (MC) to ensure stable, lasting wood strength a...

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They didn't lie when they said not to put wood on the floor

01-20-2010 07:29 AM by HungryTermite | 4 comments »

Here in southern california we are experiencing the unusual phenomenon of water falling from the sky. Now, I grew up in the Northeast so a little rain never bothered me but these days it does. Since I started becoming a little more serious about woodworking I have been reading A LOT of books and websites on how to set up a shop. One of the main things that I read was that you really shouldn’t store your wood directly on concrete because it can absorb moisture from the concrete. We...

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