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Old 01-05-2012, 12:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Moisture meter reading after the ends are coated?

Ok after cutting the logs, into short sections and before coating the ends.
I'm going to take a reading with the moisture meter.

Now should the logs be weighed also?

And do you use the moisture meter to stick in the ends (thru the sealer) to read the moisture content during time it takes to dry down?

Or only weight a sample section periodically?
Thanks in advance
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I really believe weight will be the best indicator but that would be after you rough it out. If you are looking to make bowls and such dont wait for the wood to dry it will be too hard and will kill your shoulders and elbows when turning. If you are going to be cutting pen blanks I cut mine at 1" to allow them to move while they dry. I then use weight as my guide to tell me when they are dry. A Moisture reader is handy and I use one to get a general idea but mine is a cheapy with 2 pins not one of the good ones that read deep into the wood. Alos I would thinking testing on the wax seal would show a falso positive since the wax will be moist.
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