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Jeremy Nako

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I recently bought some Olive waney edge wood slices. Around 30mm thick and the longest is around 600mm.

They were advertised as having been air dried for over 18 months, and that's probably correct.

However.. having measured them, they all show moisture content of between 14% and 18%.

I had originally planned to square them off with Epoxy and use them as charcuterie or serving boards.

However.. I'm guessing that with these moisture contents that not advisable ?

What sort of moisture level WOULD be suitable ?

Is there any way to speed up the drying process without specialist equipment ?

Shoot me down (gently !), but I have a heat press used for sublimation work - would that work at a very low temperature and a long 'cook' ?

Be gentle - I'm new to this !
 

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A hobby type moisture meter may not be that accurate . A moisture content of 14-18% would be normal for wood stored undercover outdoors in winter such as in an unheated shed or garage. Bring it in to a heated house and it should drop to 10-12% in a few weeks for 30mm thickness which should be ok to use with epoxy.
 
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