The weigh-easy way to measure moisture content
I enjoy turning bowls from green stock, but knowing when the wood has reached equilibrium moisture content (the point where it neither gains nor loses moisture dramatically) requires a pricey moisture meter. Try this instead: Weigh each bowl on a simple and affordable digital kitchen scale after rough turning, note the date and weight on a card, and toss the card into the bowl. Periodically weigh each bowl, making note of the date and weight on the card each time. When the bowl stops losing weight, it's ready for final turning and finish application.
—Pete Stacy, Kansas City, Mo.