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Help a newbie better understand moisture content in my work

by Rockytop
posted 02-08-2017 06:56 PM

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#1 posted 02-08-2017 07:11 PM

Just build your table and don’t overthink the moisture issue. You’re using wood that was milled a long time ago and the moisture content changes every day with the weather. You best bet is keep the wood off the ground and out of the rain, but even then(rain) it will dry fast.

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#2 posted 02-08-2017 07:18 PM

12 percent is too high for furniture that will be placed in a heated / air conditioned home.
You will see evidence of wood movement in the finished project.
Include a disclaimer that the wood has not been kiln dried and insect damage and self-destructive wood movement are possible due to the nature of this rustic furniture.

I kiln dry all my own lumber, and store it in an insulated (but often unheated) shop, and it stays around 8% moisture content.

Good luck with your project.

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