House humidity for wood - Router Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2014
Country: United Kingdom
First Name: Peter
Posts: 44
Default House humidity for wood

I have some white oak that I will be using to create some stave drums and it's the first time I've done anything with hardwood. My house is fairly humid (approx 70%). Should I lower this (buy a humidifier) or is this ok? The drums are for my personal use so it will be also be stored with approx 70% humidity.

I've only had the wood a few days and the moisture content is 2-4%. It was kiln dried.

What should I expect the wood to do in my house? Will the moisture content gradually increase until it stabilizes and then I can start working on it once it has settled? Any ideas what the moisture content will reach?
DrillingThrough is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 08:41 PM
Moderation Team
Semipro's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Country: United States
First Name: John_*
Posts: 6,704

You should be fine ,just let the wood acclimate to the surroundings that it will be used in, it should not be a problem
By the way you need a dehumidifier

Last edited by Semipro; 05-01-2014 at 09:39 PM.
Semipro is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 09:16 PM
Moderation Team
Cherryville Chuck's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Charles
Posts: 16,063

I agree with John. Let it acclimate first. Keep checking the MC until it has stabilized.

The acceptable moisture levels in a house range from 30% RH to 70% RH. At either extreme, health problems can begin to occur. At the higher extreme, mold can start to grow. If the average humidity in your house is 70% then the RH in your bathroom and kitchen are probably higher and your bedroom may be higher by morning each night. I would look at ways to try and get it down at least 10%. If the outside humidity is lower then some ventilation will help.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
Cherryville Chuck is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 11:03 AM
Registered User
rwl7532's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Ralph
Posts: 1,294

Join (drum builders forum) and ask your question there.

  • Accident free since 10/27/12 at 3:58 pm.
  • Cursing free since 10/27/12 at 3:59 pm.
  • happened in Everett, WA USA
rwl7532 is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2014
Country: United Kingdom
First Name: Peter
Posts: 44

Thanks for the info. It turns out that my humidity is actually around 50%. I got a new meter and the old one must have been too old. I got a dehumidifier anyway though as I do get a bit of mold around one window in the winter.
DrillingThrough is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Free Doll House DXF pattern makecnc CNC Routing 36 11-25-2018 01:21 AM
Beach House Signs chief5130 Show N' Tell 19 06-18-2013 09:06 AM
House blew up! jd99 Lobby 4 10-02-2009 07:14 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome