How to Dry Wood for Woodworking


Working with improperly dried wood or wet wood is always trouble, and anyone can tell you that. The common issues you would face include the assembled parts wrapping, the jointed glued together may crack, and much more. As you can see, none of these is good for your projects. Such cases call for the perfect drying of wood before you can even start using it for various projects. Below, we get to look at how to dry wood for woodworking to use with a miter saw.

Get yourself a great moisture meter

By just looking at the boards, you would not know the current level of moisture in it. You need a product to help with measuring the moisture. You will need to buy the best moisture meter so that you can easily determine the moisture content in wood. The tool is designed to have two probes that can be placed on the lumber for a reading of the wood moisture content. The display most of the time will be as the percentage in relation to the wood’s weight or volume.

Using the best moisture meter

You will find the moisture-measuring device being quite easy to use rather than using other devices to measure the moisture. With the right device, you can easily make the measurement by following the manufacturer’s instructions from a manual. Most manufacturers today would have an easy to read and understand manual, so that the user can have an easy time using the device. You do not want a model where you have to keep on referring to the manual each time.

To have an easy time working on projects, you need the moisture content to be about 7 percent maximum. For wood that has a higher percentage than 7, then you need to dry it further before using it.

Use stickers arranged in a row

You must be wondering right now what stickers are? Well, these are some small pieces of timber, usually measuring 1 inches x 2 inches used in wood drying. They will be arranged in a row and them the boards laid on such stickers. The work of the stickers is to provide enough room for better airflow to run between the loaded boards. The airflow will increase the drying rate for such boards so that you can use them in no time. The boards are not supposed to overhang over a long distance; this means you need more stickers to cover the board length.

Adding the boards to stickers

You do not just go ahead and throw the wet boards onto the laid stickers; there has to be a procedure that should help them dry faster. In this case, you will have to lay the first set of boards on the stickers carefully. The boards are supposed to run perpendicularly to the laid stickers below them. You can leave a space of an inch between the different boards thus allowing better airflow between them. As you already know by now, having more airflow leads to faster and better drying.

The stacking of boards and stickers is not over after the bottom layer you have to keep going. The next thing to do would be laying a new sticker row on the boards now. At this point, try to keep the stickers directly above the where the previous stickers below the board are mounted.

With the new row of stickers, you can now proceed to add the boards just like before. As simple as that, you have created the second layer of boards. By now, you know what is supposed to be happening. You will keep on alternating the stickers with the boards until all the boards are neatly arranged.

Cover the stack with plywood

Once you have arranged the stack of boards and stickers, all is not over just yet. There is the need to have a downward force continually being applied on the stack. This force will keep the boards from warping in the upward position as they dry. A thick and heavy plywood sheet should get the job done easily. You can also add a few blocks made of concrete on top of a plywood sheet to increase the weight.

If you decide to dry the boards outdoors, such a setup would be great to deflect the rain from soaking the wood again.


The next time you are looking to handle a woodworking project, you will have enough tips for drying your wood first. The drying time will vary based on factors such as humidity, ventilation, and temperature. You simply need to be patient and wait for the boards to dry.


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