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Went deer hunting and came home with some White Oak.

by Don W
posted 11-20-2012 09:39 PM


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#1 posted 11-20-2012 09:40 PM

Nice haul and great time of year to do the work.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 11-20-2012 09:42 PM

What sized rifle did you use to bring that down? :) All I can picture right now is it tied to the hood of your vehicle.

Great haul, just amused right now with the pictures running through my head.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 11-20-2012 09:43 PM

Enough board feet for a couple huge projects! This looks like some of the deals I get into, which reminds me, I need to call my sawyer.
Excellent haul.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 11-20-2012 09:46 PM

When I get side tracked hunting it usually involves a couple of beers…..................

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 11-20-2012 09:49 PM

Good for you Don. Be careful getting it out of there.

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 11-20-2012 10:02 PM

Ok. I’m jealous. But I am interested in seeing what you get from it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 11-20-2012 10:03 PM

Nice one Don. How do you plan on splitting it?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 11-20-2012 10:06 PM

Brandon, I’ll split it with the Husky 395.

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#9 posted 11-20-2012 10:15 PM

Nice find. I’m trying to work with a few farmers and land owners over some blowovers around here.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#10 posted 11-20-2012 10:17 PM

I wonder what my wife would say if I came home with a skidder? I better put some plumbing in the shop first.

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#11 posted 11-21-2012 04:56 AM

Oh, Man! This is gonna turn out real good!!!!!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#12 posted 11-21-2012 06:18 AM

My wife rides me all over this valley on horseys..she’s looking at ferns, flowers views, varmits…I’m looking at trees to see how many board feet I think I can get out of them.

You did good on that white oak. I cut and split a standing dead white oak today for firewood and have several more just like it to take down.

-- Bruce Free Plans https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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#13 posted 11-21-2012 09:46 AM

Good luck with hauling it out, personally I would just enjoy cutting it up with the chainsaw.

Always nice to have a good supply of free timber

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#14 posted 11-21-2012 01:23 PM

Ill vote for the skidder. Hell, you come up with one and ill help you install the plumbing. Thats gonna be a lot of QSWO knobs n totes!

EDIT – How do you tell a red and a white oak apart Don?

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#15 posted 11-21-2012 01:29 PM

It’s a win-win situation! Great for you :)

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#16 posted 11-21-2012 01:40 PM

EDIT – How do you tell a red and a white oak apart Don?

The bark.

-- Bruce Free Plans https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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#17 posted 11-21-2012 01:41 PM

Do you take the mill to the tree or vicey versa? Take pics of the process please…

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#18 posted 11-21-2012 01:46 PM

That’s like going to the store for milk and coming home with McCallan scotch.

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#19 posted 11-21-2012 05:43 PM

Mid day report. I got the butt split. A few pics later.

One thing I want to say. It sucks getting old. After 3-4 hours I am beat.

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#20 posted 11-21-2012 06:02 PM

All the more reason to buy more automated machinery and heavy equipment Don. LOL

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#21 posted 11-21-2012 08:20 PM

Back when we could still use wood stoves here, I hauled a lot of trees out of the woods with a heavy duty
snatch block and a 1/2”cable with a 3/4 ton Dodge crew cab as the power source. My son in law is still
using the same equipment, but the trees are not as big anymore. And except for cottonwood, there was
no hardwood available. You have a beautiful tree there, and that Walker Turner will probably get a little use
on some of it. Thanks for giving us another reason to drool.

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

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#22 posted 11-21-2012 09:25 PM

Ok, my back is killing me. You call this a vacation?

I don’t have a lot of pictures. I can’t keep my phone in my pocket (well I could, but it wouldn’t do me much good after a while) so here is what I’ve got from today.

I intentionally moved my truck before rolling this off the bank, thinking it would stop on the pile of firewood. Didn’t it go over the firewood, turn, and luckily stopped about 3’ from my truck. Man, am I glad my wife doesn’t read these. I tried to save 1/2 of this. I’m not sure its going to amount to much other than winter heat.

The butt

And of course I forgot a sludge hammer, so these were driven in with a 2’ piece of hardhack.

After

And a rock (mountain) oak that was in the way of the white oak when it came down.

So to answer the question Do you take the mill to the tree or vicey versa?
My plan was to bring the tree to the Mill, but I have no idea how I’m gettin them home, so it may wind up the other way around.

And Chris, white oak has a completely different bark than Red, and the wood is lighter and grayer.

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#23 posted 11-21-2012 09:30 PM

The leaves of the red oak and white oak are also different. The white oak leaves are rounded at the ends, while the red oak leaves are pointed. That is how I have always been able to tell the apart in the wild. Seems like near me, 85-90% are red oak : (

Don, I figured you would have had that all cut up, dried, and half a project done by now. C’mon man, pick up the pace!

Look forward to seeing some pics of the QSWO.

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#24 posted 11-21-2012 09:33 PM

Looks like it’s time to check CL for a trailer.

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#25 posted 11-21-2012 09:33 PM

Is a red oak also called pin oak?

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#26 posted 11-21-2012 09:34 PM

I am no expert Russ, but I think the pin oaks, are in the red oak variety.

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#27 posted 11-21-2012 09:38 PM

I’ve never heard of pin oak, so I don’t know what it is.

Sorry Shane, read the getting older part. :-)

I used to be able to do that kind of work 10-12 hours a day, 5-7-7 days straight. Believe me, after 3 hours today, I took a break!!

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#28 posted 11-21-2012 09:54 PM

chrisstef, to tell red oak from white oak, cut a piece about 3/4” square by about five or so inches long and blow through it in water, like you’re blowing through a straw. If you get bubbles, you got red oak. If not, you got white. There’s a lot of tannins in white to prevent the air from getting through, and also that’s the reason white oak is good for outside projects. Learned this one from Popular Mechanics, of all places.

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#29 posted 11-21-2012 09:55 PM

Seeing a tree like that in that condition just gets me all fired up to get a chain saw and to look in the yellow pages for a lumber mill to saw the wood into planks. Great haul.

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#30 posted 11-21-2012 09:58 PM

I’ve lived here all my life, and hunted this farm since I was old enough to hunt. You see the second half of the tree was hollow. I’ve had more than one coon who found safe haven in that tree, and I haven’t coon hunted in 20 years.

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#31 posted 11-21-2012 11:40 PM

Here ya go Don, this is a pin oak with some of your favorite things in it.

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#32 posted 11-21-2012 11:46 PM

I love me some QSWO, great day hunting!!!!!

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#33 posted 11-22-2012 04:41 AM

Damn that looks like a lot of work Don. I think its time for an apprentice that will work for wood. I’m sure you can find a LJ up there that will help you out. Isn’t that what Stumpy did?

I’ve been working with QSWO lately and I got to say I’m liking it a lot. So much nicer than Red Oak.

You’ve gotten a lot done so far. The reward for all your labor will be sweet!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#34 posted 11-23-2012 10:40 PM

I decide to bring the logs to the mill. I wasn’t sure the old trailer made from an old camper would cut it, but it passed with flying colors.

Roll ‘em up

Roll ‘em down

There are about 6 logs left that I pulled out just before dark. I hope to get them back some time tomorrow.

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#35 posted 11-23-2012 11:12 PM

Are you going to have it mounted as a table or desk?

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#36 posted 11-24-2012 01:10 PM

One of the few things the Alaskan is good at. Cut it where it falls.

Nice looking white oak. Good haul.

-- Larry, Mak'in Sawdust

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#37 posted 11-24-2012 04:10 PM

There is no way I could attack that in the summer. Nice find Don, good luck.

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#38 posted 11-26-2012 10:37 PM

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#39 posted 11-27-2012 05:21 AM

nice score, anything else you brought home?

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#40 posted 11-27-2012 01:30 PM

I was lucky enough to put some venison in the freezer and spent some quality time with my oldest son. All in all, we’ll call it a successful season.

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#41 posted 11-27-2012 02:18 PM

Backstrap and QSWO …. Don’s livin the dream fellas.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#42 posted 11-29-2012 09:21 PM

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#43 posted 11-29-2012 09:28 PM

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#44 posted 11-29-2012 09:33 PM

Nice! Did you get much quartersawn wood out of it?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#45 posted 11-29-2012 09:42 PM

the butt was big enough to quarter saw. The rest was flat sawn.

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#46 posted 12-03-2012 10:37 PM

Stacked and stickered

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#47 posted 12-03-2012 10:50 PM

Ya don’t sleep much i am guessing…

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#48 posted 02-05-2013 04:40 PM

Being white oak, it is going to take a while to dry – 12 to 18 months. White oak is all but water proof, making drying a long process – unlike red oak that you can suck air through it like a straw.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#49 posted 08-22-2013 06:47 PM

Nice Stack There !!!

Course by now surely you are using some of it….

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#50 posted 08-22-2013 10:53 PM

Don! Amazing! Please post some pics or links to previous posts from anything you’ve made using this harvested white oak lumber.

This is sort of how I got started in woodworking (just this past spring). Check out my new blog post

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