Red Oak Lumber #2: Quartersawn red oak - The Lumber

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Blog entry by HalDougherty posted 08-21-2011 03:23 AM 8395 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Quartersawn red oak - splitting a big log Part 2 of Red Oak Lumber series Part 3: Quartersawing a BIG red oak log »

Here’s a small part of the lumber I cut from a 48” X 4’ red oak log. I had to split it before it would fit on my sawmill. The red oak is stacked on a few yellow poplar boards I cut the same day. This is 1/2 the short 4 ft log.

Here’s a closer look at the boards on the top of the stack. There were 5 boards cut from the top and bottom of the log that were riff sawn and the rest were quartersawn with beautiful flecks in the wood. I ended up with 10 riff sawn boards and 20 quartersawn boards. The riff sawn boards from the top and bottom of the 1/2 log were from 10 to 15 inches wide and the quartersawn boards were from 20 to 24” wide.

About 1/2 of the riff sawn boards show quartersawn flecks on one side and straight grain on the other.

20 boards in this stack look like this closeup. Waiting for them to dry teaches patience… Or so they say. I hate to wait, but the wait will be worth it.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 04:25 AM

Great looking oak.I cut about 1000 Ft. of red oak Friday.I love quarter sawn oak.

-- Mike

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#2 posted 08-21-2011 04:42 AM

You are giving red oak a good name, which can be difficult to due. Great looking wood, the wait will be worth it.

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#3 posted 08-21-2011 03:55 PM

I really wish I had a spot big enough for a mill. I love the smell of a sawmill. Really NICE stack of lumber.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 07:50 PM

Great looking wood, and a wonderful way to acquire it. Now you can relax and start to imagine all the
various items you will be able to make in a year or so. Thank you for giving us something to drool over, and
I imagine a few Lumberjocks that live close to you are wondering if you might be willing to part with some
of that and what price you might consider, and no 1 year slave labor is not a fair price, unless you throw
the sawmill in. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 08-22-2011 03:39 AM

very very nice wood want to get rid of some I am open to donations. ;)


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#6 posted 08-22-2011 06:04 AM

That is incredible looking grains! I’m envious.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 08-22-2011 10:30 AM

Beautiful boards; great job Hal!

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#8 posted 09-01-2011 02:01 PM

What kind of mill did you use, and how do you make the cuts to maximize quarter sawn boards?

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#9 posted 09-01-2011 02:46 PM

I’ve got a Timberking 1220 manual sawmill and when I’m finished cutting the 38” log that’s on my log deck, I’ll have a blog post showing how I cut it.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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