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Ideal Moisture Content for Wood Furniture

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I seem to be getting conflicting information regarding the ideal moisture content for furniture grade wood...can you enlighten me..?

Also, is is possible for wood to have a moisture content that is too low..?

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That's a difficult question to ask. Someone in the desert is going to have different wood moisture content then someone that that lives in Atlanta.

For a short answer yes wood moisture can be too low at that point the wood would be absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. This would cause a moisture gradient through the wood just like the opposite circumstance where the wood is loosing moisture. You want the wood to be near you EMC which can be calculated i use this. http://www.csgnetwork.com/emctablecalc.html

 

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You need to know what is normal for your area.  Check the MC of some of the lumber in your shop that's been there for quite a while. 

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If you use kiln dried lumber that's been in your environment for weeks or months, you don't have to worry about it.  Otherwise, like Mike said, stick to 6-10% and you'll be fine.

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