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Tips on Checking the Moisture Level of Wood

Use this advice to learn how to check the moisture content of wood before choosing pieces for your next project.

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diagram indicates wood shrinkage
Photo 2 of 4This diagram indicates wood shrinkage according to the part of the log it was taken from.

Check Shrinkage(2 of 4)

Measure one piece of wood at a time. If you measure a piece on top of a stack, the reading may not reflect the piece you are measuring, but that piece and one or two pieces underneath it as well. Also make sure your hand is not behind the wood where you are measuring because that can give you an inaccurate reading as well.

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