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Forum topic by Audie posted 10-13-2018 07:43 PM 702 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Audie

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10-13-2018 07:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mill sawmill lumber oak post oak

I have a property that has to be completely cleared of all timbers and there are over 20 large oak trees on the property. I was told they are Southern live Oaks but after doing some research their leaves are not the same as live oak. Closet leaf I found that matched these trees are Post Oak. Can someone confirm that? Would you mill these? How would you have them cut? Sorry, I’m a noob and want to make sure this is worth the time and money.

-- Audie, Texas


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#1 posted 10-13-2018 09:15 PM

Definitely not live oak. Looks a lot like post oak but looks a little like black jack oak as well. Many of the leaves on PO sometimes look almost like a cross, while BJO are more paw shaped. Major branches on PO often come out at nearly right angles. They usually grow on very sandy soil and never heavy clay like live oak can.

Post oak wood is usually fairly rot resistance and while considered a white oak looks more like a red oak color wise. It should be a good wood to use. Those branches that come out at right angles were often used as fence posts.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 10-13-2018 09:23 PM

Pretty sure it’s alder.

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#3 posted 10-13-2018 09:52 PM

Id say post oak based on these pictures from the national audobon society field guide

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#4 posted 10-13-2018 10:36 PM

Thanks y’all! I definitely think it’s post oak. Now I’m just wondering if it’s worth having milled. I’ve read it could be hard to dry after it’s been milled and although it’s in the white oak family it will not create true white oak lumber that’s so highly sought after.

-- Audie, Texas

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#5 posted 10-13-2018 11:19 PM



Fridge doesnt like bacon. Dont trust him.

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WTF?.....you shut your filthy mouth…..

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#6 posted 10-14-2018 12:28 AM


Id say post oak based on these pictures from the national audobon society field guide

Fridge doesnt like bacon. Dont trust him.

- chrisstef

What book is that? That would be nice to have

-- Audie, Texas

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Lazyman

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#7 posted 10-14-2018 12:38 AM

I’ve only used some spalted PO to turn a bowl so I can’t share any direct knowledge but wood database pictures of the wood when quarter sawn look pretty nice.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 10-14-2018 12:42 AM


Fridge doesnt like bacon. Dont trust him.

- chrisstef

WTF?.....you shut your filthy mouth…..

- Tony_S

LOL!

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#9 posted 10-14-2018 12:46 AM

Its the national audobon society field guide to trees in north america. Its an old college textbook my wife had. A quick peek on amazon appears its now been split up into geographical regions.

Its great. You can ID by bark, leaves, flowers and fruit. Stinks they split it up. Maybe you can find an old back issue.

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#10 posted 10-14-2018 01:54 AM

I agree with the post oak assessment. The wood looks great if you can mill it, and if you can’t it has value as firewood for smokers. Apparently the high tannin content gives a good flavor to smoked meat.
In TX, by chance?

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#11 posted 10-14-2018 02:25 AM

In TX, by chance?

- JohnMcClure

Yes! Southeast Texas in north Houston.

Fridge doesnt like bacon. Dont trust him.

- chrisstef

Whoa! Enough said

I guess I’m going to have it milled. I have a big excavator on the property so that should help immensely with moving logs around and speeding up the milling process as the sawer that I talked to said he wants an hourly rate. (75 an hour)

-- Audie, Texas

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#12 posted 10-14-2018 03:30 AM

+1 on the PO wood for smoking meat. Much better than mesquite or hickory IMO. If nothing else save some of the smaller branches for the smoker.

BTW, it is pretty common for trees to be used as fence posts, so if there is any chance there was once some fence wire stapled to one of the trees, don’t run that through the mill, unless you cut off the bottom 5 feet or so. You don’t want to buy a new blade for his mill.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#13 posted 10-14-2018 12:39 PM



I know Tony. I know. Its hard to swallow. Come to mama … (opens arms)

- chrisstef


Maybe a ‘traumatic’ experience with a pig when he was a younger?....in an Alder forest?

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#14 posted 10-14-2018 09:45 PM

Audi, I sent you a PM – I live nearby and would love to come see the sawmilling operation when you get to it. Be happy to help too.

Fridge, what enablers are encouraging you to continue that obnoxious Alder habit?

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#15 posted 10-15-2018 01:25 AM

I like my bacon sheet with syrup -

John, I find its like wine and gets better with age. when someone is told to ignore me Before I even post, I am obligated to respond :) and when no one has brought it up I feel obligated to bring it up myself :)

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