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08-18-2019 10:49 PM

I was given a piece of 6”x12”x8’ red oak at work. It’s solid, heavy, but looks great. I had to take it, because what a deal! But I have no idea what I can do with it. I’ve squared it up, but now it’s a trip hazard in my garage.

-- If I cannot find a way, I will make one

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#1 posted 08-19-2019 12:05 AM

Ability to resaw?

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#2 posted 08-19-2019 12:16 AM

Not trying to be “that guy” but the title says “red oak” and the body of the post says “redwood”. You might get different answers depending on which wood it is.

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#3 posted 08-19-2019 12:19 AM

Don – fixed it. Must have been auto correct.

JutsFL – Yes, but I feel like it would be a waste to cut boards. Unless you’re suggesting a floating shelf?

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#4 posted 08-19-2019 01:59 AM

I’m still seeing it as Red Oak in the title, and Redwood in the text.

I think resaw is probably going to give you the best yield, unless you carve Totems, turn, or plan some BIG bandsaw boxes. Not much stuff is 6” thick x 12” wide. Lots of stuff is 1’ thick x 12” wide, or could be.

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#5 posted 08-19-2019 02:12 PM

Those are the chunks of wood that usually sit unused for years waiting for the perfect use. Personally aside from mantles etc. that make use of something that big, I’d cut it down to 2” slabs, let it dry, then dream up a project that could best use wood that all came from the same log (grain matching, color, etc.)

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#6 posted 08-19-2019 02:17 PM

I’ll probably end up going that route. Thanks guys!

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#7 posted 08-19-2019 04:24 PM

Rip it in half and make a work bench out of it.

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#8 posted 08-19-2019 04:41 PM

i wouldn’t rush it the day will come when you’ll have the project that best suited for it.ive got pieces of wood that ive had for many years still waiting for the “right” project.

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