MOISTURE
IS THE CAUSE
Of 80% of all woodworking
wood problems
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Take it from industry experts – they say upwards of 80% of all wood manufacturing and quality problems are moisture related.

Problems can occur when someone works on wood that’s either too wet or too dry: shrinkage or swelling of wood, cupping, warping, cracking and crowning of the wood, or even surface finishing problems.

Higher MC can cause big problems.

To illustrate, if the MC of a board changes by only 4%, 1% shrinkage will occur. That seems very small, maybe only several thousands of an inch, but such a change can easily lead to gluing problems, especially cracks and joints, after the furniture, cabinets or other items have been manufactured . . . as well poor fitting drawers and doors and poor fitting joints.

Or, consider what happens when machining wood. If the wood’s too wet, fuzziness will increase. If the wood’s too dry, the wood becomes too brittle and will split or crack. Chip grain and torn grain may also occur.

So, obviously, it’s critical to know if the wood you’ll be working on is too wet or too dry. Industry experts say the only way you can know for sure is to use a moisture meter.

The wood used in building cabinets and fine furniture is often expensive.

To illustrate, if the MC of a board changes by only 4%, 1% shrinkage will occur. That seems very small, maybe only several thousands of an inch, but such a change can easily lead to gluing problems, especially cracks and joints, after the furniture, cabinets or other items have been manufactured . . . as well poor fitting drawers and doors and poor fitting joints.

Or, consider what happens when machining wood. If the wood’s too wet, fuzziness will increase. If the wood’s too dry, the wood becomes too brittle and will split or crack. Chip grain and torn grain may also occur.

So, obviously, it’s critical to know if the wood you’ll be working on is too wet or too dry. Industry experts say the only way you can know for sure is to use a moisture meter.

  Shop Moisture Meters