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Will air dried work?

I have a client looking for a few square blocks 7/8" thick for a special project. He wants a circle with a 3/16" kerf, 1/4" deep cut into which he is going to glue a round piece of glass with silicone. Glass should be about 1/16" thick.

My question is will air dried cherry, magnolia, sycamore and /or pecan work for this? All has been air dried just over 2 years and shows 12 to 14% mc. Some is 8/4 some is 4/4.
I'm concerned that when the wood gets into someones home the bound water will start to be released and cause the wood to crack and maybe crack the glass.

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Of equal importance is the humidity in which the wood is stored and in your shop. If it is in 75% humidity now and in your shop and they take the pieces into their house at 45% then the wood is going to shrink, split, and crack.

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Now that it's at 12% why not take it to a kiln and finish it ?
It'll only cost a couple bucks and there'll be no future worries.

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Now that it's at 12% why not take it to a kiln and finish it ?
It'll only cost a couple bucks and there'll be no future worries.
Very true Jim - He's just in a hurry to get them now.

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"...the bound water will start to be released..." i am not sure if i know what the plan is, but if the intent is to place water in the wooden block, sealed with glass, i am not sure that initial moisture content of the wood is the most important concern. the water will tend to soak in to the wood no matter the m.c. if that is not the intent, please ingore and good luck!
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