10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Moisture Meter

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Moisture-Meters-LeadThe moisture content of the wood you use to build projects is an important consideration. The moisture content of wood that will be used to build furniture projects should be dried to approximately 6- to 8-percent moisture level in most parts of the United States. A moisture meter is the best tool for measuring moisture levels in wood. As is the case with any tool in your shop, a moisture meter will do you no good if you do not use it correctly.

Here are 10 tips from Wagner Moisture Meters to help you get the most accurate readings from your moisture meter.

1. Wipe Off Standing Water
Before taking wood moisture readings, wipe off any standing or visible water and allow the surface to dry for 60 seconds or more. Standing or visible water always results in inaccurate readings, regardless of the meter type. For example, pin moisture meters with non-insulated pins give highly exaggerated readings when the wood surface is wet. Also, be aware that if water soaks into the wood, it will give a higher MC reading.

2. Is Your Moisture Meter the Right One?
Use the proper meter for the job. If you are working with an exotic wood species, your meter will need a meter with an extended SG range, such as the Wagner MMC220. If you require extended data collection capabilities for quality control, the Wagner MMI1100 offers data analysis functions as well. The right meter for the job will save

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25 Responses to “10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Moisture Meter”

  1. kipperdude1

    offten wondered if this clamping system might work when glueing up segments
    for a bowl I might just try it

  2. The Apprentice and The Journeyman

    Like many other aspects of woodworking, dealing with glue squeeze out is a
    skill. Mistakes will be made. Yet, we need to learn from each mistake and
    prevent them in the future. Preventing glue stain is an ongoing skill to be
    developed as long as we work with wood and glue. Keep in mind, all
    woodworkers have had problems at some point with glue squeeze out. The fact
    that you are asking about how to deal with it is a very important question.
    Thanks for asking a very important question..

  3. The Apprentice and The Journeyman

    AlbosNoggins… Excellent question. At some point all woodworkers have a
    few problems with glue squeeze out. Dealing with glue squeeze out is an
    ongoing skill. There is always a chance that glue can show up on the
    finished product. Basically, I completely leave the glue alone till it
    sets. Then I will cut it off with a chisel, scraper, or with sandpaper. I
    use blue painters tape to mask off areas when possible so that the glue is
    confined. Watch my videos for details. I use a lot of glue.

  4. doy humphrey

    where can you get the clamps thanks doy

  5. Andrew Ackley

    Let me come be your apprentice!?!? I your videos ROCK!

  6. BeWienke

    I think the clamps leave holes in your work. and why do you use so much
    glue?

  7. The Apprentice and The Journeyman

    You can find them on my website. Click on the link below the video in the
    description area.

  8. Jordan van Waas

    Wouldn’t that damage the wood

  9. Savvas Papasavva

    Brilliant

  10. Mark Feeley

    Very nice clamping system, i’ll have to try and make a few of my own.

  11. Alex Howard

    Very good points. That is something I will definitely try in the shop.
    Thanks again, keep the video’s coming.

  12. The Apprentice and The Journeyman

    jnorth6126… Please read the links within the description. You will find
    the information concerning the spring miter clamps in the blog article that
    I wrote. Yes, the clamps will work on larger projects like a display case.

  13. The Apprentice and The Journeyman

    The door’s always open for you.

  14. Jordan van Waas

    / how much pressure do those little spring clamps put on

  15. The Apprentice and The Journeyman

    Watch the other picture frame videos & see how the picture frames are
    completed. The final result shows no trace of holes in the wood nor glue
    stain. These particular miters are to become spline miter joints & the
    clamps are placed where the spline will be. So…no holes. Let’s say we are
    making regular miter joints. If the joints are perfect, little pressure is
    necessary. So…no holes. If there are tiny holes, simply sand them away.
    Read the links in the video description for more info.

  16. BeWienke

    but in the video the clamps are sticking a little bit in the wood. how did
    you get holes out of the wood?

  17. The Apprentice and The Journeyman

    The clamps have not left holes in my work. Check out the finished product
    and you will not find any holes at all. An adequate amount of glue is used
    to secure the integrity of the miter joint. Again, check out the finished
    product as you will find no evidence of glue showing up. Thanks for your
    watching.

  18. The Apprentice and The Journeyman

    Jordon van Waas… Not when used correctly.

  19. The Apprentice and The Journeyman

    There is a lot of glue being used for these woodworking projects. This is
    especially true when wood inlay bandings are being created. You will
    understand when you watch the recent Cosmati wood inlay videos on my
    YouTube woodworking channel. All the wood segments require glue. Yet, there
    is no trace of glue stain. In your shop take 2 pieces of scrap wood.
    Squeeze some glue onto the face grain of a block block. Let it cure. Do the
    same on a 2nd block & rub it in. See which one cleans up best.

  20. The Apprentice and The Journeyman

    Glue can be a problem is not handled correctly. Glue can get into the pores
    of the wood and as a result the stain will not penetrate. Also, if you
    stain the wood first and then glue gets on that area, that can affect the
    finish. As woodworkers we all have to experience and deal with the glue
    issue. In my woodworking videos I use a lot of glue. I typically will allow
    the glue to dry. Then I will “cut” the glue away by planing, chiseling, or
    sanding. Then the finish is applied.

  21. Alex Howard

    what’s your favourite method for cleaing up the squeeze out? I’ve had a few
    problems in the past with glue staining. Thanks for the great videos.

  22. Alex Howard

    Thanks for your reply. That’s really interesting, I always worry that
    leaving the glue will mean the wood pores under the squeeze out will fill,
    making stain absortion almost impossible. Looking at the results you
    achieve I can see that doesn’t seem to be the case though. Do you find
    using ‘more glue’ and getting quite a lot of squeeze out gives you a
    stronger joint, or is it just personal preference?

  23. Jason North

    If you don’t mind.. What and where did you get these clamps? And would they
    work on a larger project such as a display case? Thanks in advance

  24. Luzette Wood

    I’m new to woodworking and am making picture frames. I have them cut out,
    ready to clamp or stain. I’ve read a lot of concerns about glue stain/stain
    not permeating the wood if there is glue in the pores. Is there a reason
    one wouldn’t just stain the wood before gluing?

  25. The Apprentice and The Journeyman

    If a woodworker attempts to clean off wet glue from the wood surface,
    he/she stands the risk of rubbing glue into the wood pores. This creates a
    problem. Now the woodworker has to get rid of the glue and also wood so
    that a fresh surface is available for the finish to be applied. A strong
    joint requires…1) good joinery skills…2) enough glue. Use enough glue
    on all mating surfaces. Too much glue is a waste, not enough glue will
    starve the joint. Remember…it’s a skill.

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