Unknown moisture content in solid wood can sure mess up a project. A moisture meter is an inexpensive insurance policy that allows you to confirm the precise moisture content of your material before making the first cut. The mini-Ligno E/D from Lignomat, $125, offers a lot of bang for the buck. The E/D has an easy-to-read digital display, preferable to the analog display found on some meters. The measuring range is an ample 6% to 45%. Two sets of pins are included with lengths of 3/16-in. and 7/16-in., plenty long enough to get an average moisture content reading on 1-1/4-in. thick material. The E/D has two correction settings for wood species. A chart is included indicating which setting to use, depending on what species you're testing. A temperature correction chart is also included in case you test the wood above or below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
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mini-Ligno E/D, #ED-0, $125.