I am getting ready to start a project on my house that includes
columns, fascia and trimwork done in Western Red Cedar. I plan to plane
the wood smooth and finish with Sikkens Cetol 1 and Cetol 23.
I have purchased some of the wood already and have been storing it in
my basement. I live in the northeast and it has been very hot and
humid. The wood is supposed to be kiln dried but I am getting moisture
readings of 17-18% which is the max allowed by Sikkens. Is this a very
high moisture reading for kiln dried or is it what you would expect
because of the weather conditions? When I go back to the lumberyard for
more wood, what should I expect/accept for moisture content on kiln
dried WRC? If anyone has any ideas or suggestions about fininshing WRC,
I would like to hear from them.
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