Skill Builder Understanding The Interrelationship Between Wood And Moisture Is A Fundamental Prerequisite For Every Woodworker
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Wood Movement Illustration by James Provost When a piece of lumber is cut from a tree it is referred to as 'green'.At this point the wood is very wet and is completely unsuitable for making furniture.It needs to be dried - by air or kiln - to approximately 10% moisture content.
However, there is no such thing as the perfect moisture content.Each situation is different.The moisture content of wood that can be used for making furniture depends on a number of factors.Two of the main considerations are whether the furniture will be used indoors or out, and what the local humidity levels are throughout the year.
Because wood is affected by fluctuating atmospheric humidity levels, it will shrink and swell in a continuous quest to strike a balance with the amount of moisture in the air.That's why woodworkers need to understand a few basic rules about wood and moisture, and how they relate to one another.
Moisture Content and Relative HumidityWithout getting too scientific, we need to understand two phrases - Moisture Content (MC) and Relative Humidity (RH).You've likely heard about MC before, but like many woodworkers, you may have just hoped the lumber yard did...