Large red oak downed and ready in VA

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09-21-2020 11:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: oak milling

Large straight red oaktree, downed, limbed, sectioned into three 8.5-12 ft sections. Ready to be milled. Looking for someone who can come get it to mill/kiln it for us or somebody interested in purchasing it.

In great condition with no rotten spots. No metal attached. Perfect for furniture.

Dimensions listed below. Please email me for additional information and pictures – [email protected]

Base/piece 1/3 (after “neck” has been removed) – 29” x 25” x 102”

Piece 2/3 – 26” x 22” x 144”

Piece 3/3 – 24” x 24” x 142”

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#1 posted 09-21-2020 01:07 PM

Where in VA are you?

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#2 posted 09-21-2020 11:01 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

Best Luck with lumber.

FWIW – Hope exposed ends were sealed withing 24hrs day of cutting down, and not in contact with ground during storage? Red Oak grain is porous and water moves in/out very fast. Unporteced Red Oak turns into firewood grade wood very quickly. In damp fall, only takes a couple weeks. DAMHIK

Red Oak is a ‘weed’ tree. Grows everywhere and is extremely common. Sawmill pays almost nothing for red oak logs, unless they are huge (30”+) and make decent QS lumber. If the load/haul costs are too high, they won’t even take/haul them for free as they lose money due low sale price.

If the logs have sentimental value that makes them worth keeping; can try finding a sawyer on the Find a Sawyer page at Wood mizer.

Also check the Woodweb forums for sawmill services.

In state with forests nearby like VA, look up the regional Timberking, Norwood, or Baker saw mill representatives for your area. They usually keep lists of smaller mills that buy logs, and/or provide on milling services.
Just note some of these big mill sellers get paid for referrals. So if they ask for your information and want to send it around to the mills for you, they are getting paid by mill for helping you, and/or getting a percentage; making your logs worth less to you.


-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#3 posted 09-22-2020 10:59 AM

@ Steve – I’m near Staunton/Harrisonburg.

Thanks for the info Capt.

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#4 posted 09-22-2020 08:29 PM

I just gave away two oak trees for firewood that I had intended to mill. My chainsaw that I use with my Alaskan mill crapped the bed so I no longer have the capability to mill lumber. But, that aside, I was only going to mill it for sentimental reasons – the trees were right outside my bedroom window as a kid. Milled and KD oak is just too cheap around here to make the effort worthwhile to mill it IMO. I’m down 81 a bit in Roanoke :-)

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

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#5 posted 09-22-2020 09:01 PM

Hi Ken,

Thanks for the insight. Bummer! Have a great night!


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