Red Oak Opportunity

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Blog entry by KevinH posted 09-14-2010 05:17 AM 1142 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just posted my first project: a rather long-winded story about my 19 year old deck and recovering from storm damage. The rest of the story is that my 80 year old tree gave me a lumber opportunity.

First, those big limbs were 16 inches in diameter where they joined the trunk. Several feet of each limb is now in the possession of a good friend who is a wood turner.

Second, the trunk was 23 inches in diameter at the base and 18 inches at a height of about 45 feet. It was hauled away in 8-9 foot sections by a guy who uses his sawmill to earn extra cash after working his regular job. I now have about 500 BF of 4/4 rough cut red oak, stacked and stickered in my backyard. I’m dreaming of the projects I’ll do when its ready to work.

Some of the wood has dark blue-black stains from iron hardware left in the tree – clothesline eyebolts, nails wound with wire, etc. Fortunately, my sawyer had a good metal detector! I’m thinking about making a workbench top with some of these pieces.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#1 posted 09-14-2010 03:04 PM

Thank you for your encouragement.

I was pretty upset about losing that beautiful tree and hated the thought of letting someone cut and split it up for firewood. The idea of turning it into hardwood lumber was very appealing. Hopefully, out of our loss, I can turn some of the wood into something of lasting value for our home.

The cost per board foot to mill it was quite low compared to the premium I’ve paid for oak at the big blue box (slab cut, planed to a nice finish). A number of pieces (not a large percentage by any means) are quarter sawn. It has been stacked for about five months, now, and I’m anxious to start using a few pieces to see how it goes. I need a planer and eventually want a bandsaw for resawing, etc. All in good time, I suppose.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 06:39 AM

I had an oppurtunity like that recently with a maple tree a coworker had cut down. Unfortunately before I could get to it his brother cut it into fire wood. Have you consider a set of hand planes. They are good exercise and I find there is a deeper conection to the project when I get in there more with my hands than a power tool.

-- Lotidus

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