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Blog entry by jasonallen posted 12-19-2013 05:13 AM 1571 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Awhile back i cut down some oak trees for a friend. I took the firewood for myself and we loaded up the trunks on a 2 ton truck and hauled them to a mill for his personal use. When I recently started my own little woodshop he gave me some of that lumber to get started with. Since we are all natural born tightwads around here he gave me the worst bottom of the barrel lumber out of the whole bunch. But I’m not complaining about free material. Today I decided to see what I could get out of what looked like the most worthless board in the stack. It had a huge split right down the middle, almost split in half. It was checkered with bad loose knots. And warped pretty bad as well. Some type of worms had gotten into it and left near half inch wide tunnels running lengthwise throughout the board. It was just all around ugly. But I found a small piece I thought I might be able to salvage. (When I say small I am talking 4 inches wide by about 76 inches long. My friend had these boards milled plenty large, one person can barely handle them.) Anyway, I straightened it on the table saw and then ran it through the planer again and again. Eventually I started to see what was under all that rough cut nastiness. It turned out to be a beautiful piece of quarter sawn red oak! Now, what to do with it…

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#1 posted 12-19-2013 05:29 AM

Quartersawn red oak is fantastic. It glues up really nice for seamless tabletops and case goods. I made a 6 piece bedroom set with about 500 b.f. of QSRO recently.

Have fun.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 07:04 AM

Excellent score on the lumber. You can build any Craftsman or Mission style piece and have a great time. It might not be white oak, but I would never complain. Have fun makin saw dust. I like to listen to CKUA while in the shop. It’s all good.

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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