Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Huntington Beach, California
I normally buy KD lumber. If I suspect that the wood wasn't dried properly I'll check with a moisture meter. Mine is a "General" brand that one of the kids got me for $10 from Lowes.
Is the meter accurate? I have no clue. However what I do is to check a piece of lumber that has been in the shop for a while. Then I check the suspect piece. If they are within a couple of tenths, all is cool. If not, then I'll let the suspect piece reach equilibrium in the shop.
The meter has probably been used 2 or 3 times in a dozen years. I've since learned that the number doesn't mean as much as equilibrium.
In furniture 1/32" is a Grand Canyon