Humidity and its effect on various species of wood
It is observed the all 4 types of wood showed significant shrinkage along their growth rings after they were dried in the oven. The biggest change was in the black oak wood and the least change in dimensions was observed in the redwood.
|Wood||Along the growth ring (mm)||Along the Radial (mm)||Along the length (mm)|
|Normal||After oven dry||% change||Normal||After oven dry||% change||Normal||After oven dry||% change|
The oven should not be left unattended when the pieces of wood are left to dry in the oven for 24 hours. There is a possibility of the wood catching fire (although it is unlikely, if a proper temperature setting is used). Have fire safety equipment on standby. Be careful when removing the hot wooden blocks from the oven. Use gloves for protection.