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07-15-2019 05:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: oak question refurbishing

Hello LumberJocks,
I have a century oak on my property that sooner or later is going to have to be cut down. We have worked hard to save it (fertilized, trimmed, cabled, etc.) over the last 20+ years, but I’m afraid it is on it’s last leg.

The reason for my post is to see if the trunk of this tree has any value for size, burls, etc., and if so, what cautions should I use when the time comes to remove it. If there is value and a buyer for the trunk, what size (length) should the trunk cuts be; how to drop/store the trunk sections; and how to market it.

I hate to see this once-mighty Oak disappear forever, if it has some value and can be repurposed.


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#1 posted 07-15-2019 06:37 PM

From the looks of it from your pics, I don’t think there is much to salvage. As the tree is cut down you may get a better idea of what is salvageable. Maybe some upper branches. Good luck.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#2 posted 07-15-2019 07:08 PM

I would agree that there isn’t going to be much lumber probably. It does look like you have several burls on that guy though and you may get something out of those from turners. Oak burl isn’t usually anything remarkable though and most probably consider it more trouble than it’s worth. However, some of those may be large enough to be worthwhile.

Might help if you post your general location. Somebody may be nearby and interested in your tree.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 07-15-2019 07:19 PM

Sad truth is selling trees isn’t very profitable, unless it is something huge, rare, and expensive. For Oak you would probably be lucky to get free cutting, when it comes time to remove it by a registered, insured company in exchange for the wood.

I agree there probably won’t be as much yield as you may think. From a few of the views it looks like the middle is gone. Squirrel heaven.

The burl may be something you would keep to try to sell separately, but as Kenny said Oak is kind of plain Jane. Still would likely be the best price yield from the tree.

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#4 posted 07-15-2019 08:18 PM

Chief ~ just out of curiosity, were leaves and other yard clippings
piled up around the base of the tree in mounds over the years ??



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#5 posted 07-15-2019 09:48 PM

You may get some nice epoxy tables if you want?

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#6 posted 07-16-2019 01:03 AM

I hate to see any tree go, so I salvage everything I can, but it mostly looks like firewood. Maybe a burl or two, or a few turning pieces, but probably 50 years too late for much more.

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#7 posted 08-04-2019 01:39 PM

I saw my own lumber, and would probably attempt to saw it, but probably has dead spots in it, mixed with live, and the dead will not saw well, while the live will. I sawed some big old osage orange, and the mill would cut well in the live wood, then just stop when it hit the dead wood. Took a long time to get through it, with some decent wood, mostly not so good. Need a sharp blade about every 10 minutes.

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