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Posted on Oak Timbers Used to Build Heavy Machinery?

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#1 posted 09-23-2020 12:46 PM

$1.07 sounds like a screaming deal. BUT, as stated the holes will make it tough for any length, and they are certainly not kiln dried, so when you resaw, depending on how wet the centers are….. you may get some wild changes in how straight they are after you resaw them.

Fact is unless you are making, or hauling heavy loads, you will quickly run out of projects to use something as big as they are.

If you can, buy just one of the really clean ones, resaw it, and if doesn’t go presto chango, go on and buy more.

As far as Red or White Oak, if they are just used indoors to support heavy machinery parts while being built I suspect they will be Red Oak, more plentiful, and less expensive, plus there wouldn’t be a need for water resistance. If however they are used in transporting the machinery I would think them to be White Oak. Every trucker I know of has White Oak on the bed of their trailers to use as dunnage. It’s water resistance all but guarantees it will last a long time.

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