These compact tools can help prevent the most common woodworking problems
Synopsis: The easiest way to see that your wood is dry enough is to use a moisture meter. Lon Schleining follows the work of wood scientist R. Bruce Hoadley as he explains how to check and manage moisture levels in rough lumber. His tips can prevent finishes that don’t stick, joinery that breaks apart, and boards that take on new and unwanted shapes. He talks about how to dry your wood and to what level of dryness. The article also takes a look at a dozen moisture meters to see which work best and which features you might want to consider.
As wood scientist R. Bruce Hoadley says, 90% of woodworking problems involve moisture. I couldn’t agree more. The most common problems caused by moisture are finishes that don’t stick, joinery that breaks apart and boards that take on new and unwanted shapes after milling.
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