7. Wood and Water

  1. Rubin Shmulsky and
  2. P. David Jones

Published Online: 13 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470960035.ch7

Forest Products and Wood Science An Introduction, Sixth Edition

Forest Products and Wood Science An Introduction, Sixth Edition

How to Cite

Shmulsky, R. and Jones, P. D. (2011) Wood and Water, in Forest Products and Wood Science An Introduction, Sixth Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470960035.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 10 JUN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813820743

Online ISBN: 9780470960035



  • wood and water;
  • water, natural and constituent - of all parts of a living tree;
  • water in green or freshly harvested wood - within cell wall and cell lumen;
  • nature of water in wood-liquid water - as free water, and as bound water;
  • Moisture content (MC), water weight - percentage of moisture-free or oven-dry (OD) wood weight;
  • moisture content measurement - verifying conformance to commercial standards;
  • moisture content to environment relationship;
  • dimensional changes - and environmental changes;
  • movement of water in wood - mass movement of liquid water;
  • veneer, particle and fiber drying - thin, and less moisture stressing gradients


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Location of Water in Wood

  • Nature of Water in Wood

  • Moisture Content Calculation

  • Moisture Content Measurement

  • Relation of Moisture Content to the Environment

  • Moisture Content of Green Wood

  • Shrinking and Swelling

  • Dimensional Changes and Environmental Changes

  • Dimensional Changes in Veneer-, Fiber-, and Particle-based Panel Products

  • Moisture Movement during Drying

  • Methods of Drying Lumber and Other Solid Wood Products

  • Veneer, Particle, and Fiber Drying

  • References and Supplemental Reading