Using Air Dried Lumber
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'I have a barn full of red oak, some black walnut and some white oak; it was sawn by my Dad 7 to 9 years ago.It seems to be very dry and ready to be used.The material is off of our farm and I would like to use the material for tongue and groove flooring, wainscoting and cabinet fronts.
I have been told by a couple of people not to use this material because it is not kiln dried.Can I use this wonderful lumber for these projects without experiencing cracking or shrinking down the road?' Submitted by: bwmartin WWGOA Editor Response: As a rule, air drying brings wood down to 12-14% moisture content, maybe slightly lower.
The mill I talked to here in Wisconsin would like to see material come in at 6-8% if they're going to make it into flooring.Same applies for most cabinet and furniture making projects, as well as wainscoting.
I recommend that you purchase a moisture meter and check your stack.For tongue and groove flooring, try to hit 6-8% mc.You may have to send the material to a local kiln for 'finishing.' If, by cabinet fronts, you mean face frames, you'll be fine using the...