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Blog entry by papalyn posted 12-01-2015 05:49 PM 752 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a unique oppertunity I need feedback on before going forward. My question is regurding the value of a slab of red oak. In southern Cal we have a beattle killing the oak trees.one of those trees has a 14 ft cicumfrence with approx 4.5 diamiter. When it falls it will land in the roadway causing a liability problem. I cut it for firewood or build a sawmill and sell the slabs. I would think the lumber would be of value but I don’t know. The lumber will have some holes in it from the Beatle. I would have slabs from 2 to 4 feet wide and 8 ft long. Any feedback you can give me would be greatly appricated. Papalyn



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#1 posted 12-01-2015 06:03 PM

As long as we are talking about “some holes” and not a ravaged piece of wood that is 50% air, it would be of more value in slabs. You can call up a local sawyer and have them give you an estimate on what it would cost for them to come to the location and mill it for you (of course if you have the means to move the tree to the sawyer, it would probably cost less). They would also be a good resource on estimating value of the wood in your region.

http://woodmizer.com/us/Services/Find-a-Local-Sawyer

http://portablesawmill.info/

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#2 posted 12-01-2015 06:48 PM

LIKE GREAT JON SAID IF ITS ONLY A FEW HOLES AND THERE PROBABLY NEAR THE SURFACE SAVE ALL YOU CAN 4FT WIDE SLABS SHOULD FETCH A GOOD PRICE.AND A FEW BEETLE HOLES JUST ADDS MORE CHARACTER.IT WOULD BE A SHAME TOO LOSE ALL THAT OLD GROWTH OAK.GOOD LUCK WITH IT.

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#3 posted 12-02-2015 02:52 AM

So where are you in Ca? If it’s a big problem I’ll drive down and save you the hassle.

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#4 posted 12-05-2015 12:30 AM

Hi Bob I’m 30 miles north east of San Diego in the town of Ramona. I hope your not to far away. Do you have a sawmill? I have one tree that is 4-4.5 ft. Thick at the base and 7-8ft. Tall. from that point up the branches are approx 24 in. And reduce in size from there. From what iv’e been told the tree may be 200 years old. There is a second one that is on my neighbors property that fits the same discription. There are many more dead or dying in the area.I could sell the one tree for $1500 if I make it into firewood but I see the slabs of having greater value as tablels or furniture. If this is something you would have interest in E-mail me @ 4papalyn@gmail.com. thanks Lynn.

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