Moisture, Content, cherry wood

Gayl Beals

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I have some cherry wood that been cut about a year a go,in logs!
milled in to 1 , 1 1/2 thick Around 4 / 5 months ago it has been in shop about 4 weeks
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I'm not an expert on this subject, but those numbers don't look that high to me. It's my understanding that a log takes about a year per inch of thickness to dry. On a 1" thick board, that ends up being about 6 months (since it's drying from both sides). Depending on the average relative humidity where you live, 7% to 11.5% moisture content in 6 months seems pretty reasonable. When I'm drying something like a turned bowl or other piece made from fresh wood, I primarily watch to see when the numbers stop dropping. Once the moisture content stops changing, then I know that piece of wood is as dry as it's going to get.
 
I'm not an expert on this subject, but those numbers don't look that high to me. It's my understanding that a log takes about a year per inch of thickness to dry. On a 1" thick board, that ends up being about 6 months (since it's drying from both sides). Depending on the average relative humidity where you live, 7% to 11.5% moisture content in 6 months seems pretty reasonable. When I'm drying something like a turned bowl or other piece made from fresh wood, I primarily watch to see when the numbers stop dropping. Once the moisture content stops changing, then I know that piece of wood is as dry as it's going to get.
Thanks Vaughan
 
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