Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
Here is my understanding of how this works so someone please correct me if I am wrong.
There are 2 types of moisture in the wood. One is free moisture and the other is bound moisture. Free moisture is the water that sits in the cells of the wood kinda like water in a tube. Then there is the bound moisture. This is the moisture/water that is actually trapped in the walls of the cells themselves.
Air drying dries up the free moisture in the cells and this works relatively quickly after the tree is cut and then tapers off to that 1" per year thing. The bound moisture, other than living in the desert, will take a very, very long time to leave the wood. In some areas it will never dry completely down to the 6 - 8% that furniture makers want.
BTW, when I was active several years ago, Daren and Cabinetman were very active. This thread is from 2011 and I was wondering if these 2 guys still around?
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx