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Published densities are likely an average.

I have boards of the same species which are very different in weight. This is due to factors such as sap wood vs heart wood, tighter growth rings due to better climate for the tree etc.

Look at the end grain of your boards of a given species. I expect the ones with the most growth rings will be heavier than the ones with fewer growth rings.

I would use either weight measurement over time, or purchase a moisture meter.

I purchased this one from Lowes as it was the lowest price I could find. This is accurate enough for my needs.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_78059-56005-MMD4E_0__
 
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