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08-08-2014 05:46 PM

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This is my first post on the forum….just joined the community this morning. I am new to woodworking and been goofing around with some projects in the garage.

I have some design ideas for outdoor furniture and am I in need for 4×6 stock.

I have spent many hours on Google only to find pressure treated pine with this dimensions.

Anyone know of a supplier of 4×6 oak…or any other material that is not pressure treated?

I don’t know if I am using the wrong search criteria or if it is just not available.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts! !


-- -SM

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#1 posted 08-08-2014 06:02 PM

Three suggestions – call a couple local lumber yards that cater to contractors and builders; they might stock or have access to these larger oak timbers – check with your local hardwood dealers (not Rockler or Woodcraft) – check on Craigslist for local sawyers
These larger timbers should be available, they just aren’t common enough, or at HD or Lowes, to come up in Google.

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#2 posted 08-08-2014 06:19 PM

I haven’t looked in a long time, but in my area in
the B2B phone directory there was a supplier who
ran a big ad listing all sorts of large dimension
construction timbers they could supply. I bought
from them.

Now in terms or oak you’re looking at hardwoods.

You might find a local timber frame builder and
give them a call to inquire if they can recommend
a source in your area.

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#3 posted 08-08-2014 08:21 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks.

Here is southern Indiana, K&I Lumber Supply, among others, carries 4×6, 6×6, 8×8 and 10×10 cedar posts for Pole Barn construction, pergolas, gazebos and such..

If you are not finding them at your local lumber yards you might call some of the contractors that build Pole Barns etc., and maybe they can point you in the right direction.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 08-08-2014 09:26 PM

A sawmill or small sawyer would be your best bet, look for one that sell kiln dried lumber. CL is one avenue to look for some in your local area or at least to make connections with someone who might have what you’re looking for. The good ole yellow pages might be helpful too. Woodmizer keeps a record of who has what and where, on their site you might be able to find someone not too far away.

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#5 posted 08-08-2014 10:25 PM

Thank you for the responses everyone!!

Will do : )

-- -SM

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#6 posted 08-08-2014 10:37 PM

Have you considered laminating? Any decent lumber yard should carry 8/4 oak in a variety of widths. Glue a couple together with waterproof glue and rip to a 6” width. That would likely be quicker and less expensive than tracking down 4×6 oak beams.

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#7 posted 08-08-2014 11:55 PM

The local lumber yard can probably order them from their supplier before they are treated. Mine could. I was going to order some 6×6’s that way, but then found a local supplier of yellow pine. For outdoor stuff I like eastern red cedar. I have a local mill that will cut in any size I ask for. Maybe look for someone like that.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 08-09-2014 01:01 AM

I don’t think that you will find 4×6 oak. You probably will have to have a small sawmiller like me mill them for you. They will take a LONG TIME to dry.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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