So now I have a fairly large quantity of red oak. Most of it is probably FAS equivalent. No knots, nice straight grain, and some is quarter-sawn with excellent ray flecking. I’ll probably separate that out and set it aside for hobbyists – furniture. But the bulk of the wood seems like a good candidate for some flooring. If I were to sell it as flooring, I could unload large quantities, like 100-400 bf at a time. It wouldn’t take too many of those to recover the cost of the wood – except for two things: 1) it needs to be dried to 8% MC, and 2) it needs to be milled into flooring shapes – I assume tongue and groove. For the first, I plan to build a solar kiln using the instructions provided by Virginia Tech.
For the second part I need your help. I am looking for one or more pieces of equipment that are beefy enough to process large quantities of wood with a minimum number of passes. My little router table with the 3/4 hp router won’t last long doing this kind of volume and I’m not so sure about my planer either.
So I looked at the Logosol product. $17k. Ouch! I’m looking into the woodmastertools machines too. Those, while pricey are at least in a range I might be able to justify.
So what would you recommend?
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