I thought about this a while ago, and saved the article that talked me
out of it. It is almost 20 years old, but describes many of the factors
you'd need to consider. The bottom line is that you'd need a
conductance meter to measure the high resistance (greater than 1000
MOhms) encountered in wood that is dry enough to make furniture out of.
The article does give a great review of some of the other issues to
consider even if you use a commercial tester. (Where to test, effect of
thickness, temperature, grain direction, calibration issues, surface
Here's the link: http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fplgtr06.pdf
If you find a way, please pass it on.
After some thought I decided to purchase the Lignomat Mini Ligno E/D
($113 delivered), which has extended moisture readings 6-45%, digital
readout, and a two wood-group compensation. The Wagner is just too
much money, but I'm sure it is good choice.
I know I can get accurate moisture computations using a sample, a very
accurate scale, and an oven.
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