I purchased some 1-by and 5/4-by oak today for some window trim
(Craftsman-style) that I plan to do starting next week. Is 7 days enough
time to acclimate it to minimize shrinkage? I live in the Phila area.
Would taking it out for a few cycles in the relative cold (not brutal, yet)
accelerate the process?
Couldn't agree with that more. The worst thing to do is waste your
time on a project.
If it turns out poorly, you will have to redo it. That not only
doubles your cost, but it doubles your time, and to add insult to
injury, you will have to tear all the poorly installed material out
and dispose of it.
A moisture meter can look mighty inexpensive from some perspectives.
Can't/won't disagree w/ the other recommendations for sure, use a
moisture meter. OTOH, where did the material come from and where has it
been stored? If it were kiln-dry properly and stored inside it's highly
likely for the purpose it will be just fine--after all in Craftsman
style you'll not be having wide cross grain miters, etc., where the
movement is going to be of much significance.
If it's been outside given it's 5/4 instead of 4 or 3, I'd prefer a
little longer than just one week, but still all in all, probably ok if
it's been shedded/dry since coming out of the kiln.
As for the second question, "no". If anything that'll simply down the
process of acclimation by changing the boundary conditions to which the
material is exposed and thereby the direction in which changes will
being trying to head.
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