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Forum topic by darrenjttu posted 03-26-2011 02:36 AM 1922 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2011 02:36 AM

About to cut down a live oak tree. How is when milling. How is it when drying? What thickness should I cut it if I want 3/4 inch thick after drying?

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#1 posted 03-26-2011 04:43 AM

From what I know, oak is pretty hard and will dull tools pretty quickly. If you’re rough sawing it at a saw mill, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I’d say somewhere between 4/4 and 5/4 and drying for at least a year. I guess the rule of thumb is at least a year per 4/4. Personally, I like working with red oak. I don’t know how much it compares to other woods, but it does go out of true pretty regularly as it dries or after milling. (joint and plane it and see how much it warps by the next day)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 03-26-2011 05:30 AM

Darren, some species of LO can move quite a bit during drying. If your tree has grown fairly straight, you should be ok.

Re thickness to mill, typically FS boards are milled at 1-1/16”, QS and RS boards should be milled at 1-1/8” if you want them to clean up at 3/4.

Any defects in the board will usually cause movement and the board may not clean up at 3/4.

If you have plenty of wood and want to be conservative, mill it at 5/4.

-- Scott, North Carolina,

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#3 posted 03-26-2011 03:22 PM

The rule of thumb I’ve always heard is to dry 1 year plus 1 year for each inch of thickness. 1 inch – 2 years. 2 Inches – 3 years etc.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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