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Forum topic by cdarney posted 08-09-2014 08:50 PM 1181 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2014 08:50 PM

I just had 13 White Oak logs quarter sawn. When they’re milled one of the pieces I’m left with are the butts from the trunks. Some of these are rather large and thick.

Does anyone have a suggestion for using them? They’re going to be firewood if I can’t find a good use. It doesn’t even have to be fancy. The best thing would be if I can work the wood with a chainsaw. I thought perhaps using them as some sort of garden boarder. The white oak should hold up pretty well outside.

Thanks for any suggestions…Chuck

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 12:16 AM

I’m not a furniture maker but i’m thinking if you lay them down alternating ends do they match up tight enough to make a coffee table top or some sort of end table? From what I can tell by the picture of the one standing up, the narrow end has a nice grain to it. If this were mine I would definitely exhaust all possibilities before they became firewood!!!!!!!!!

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 12:56 AM

“Gothic” outdoor chairs????

-- Art

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 01:40 AM

You could certainly get some good turning squares and bowl blanks out of that.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 02:32 AM

I was thinking along the same lines an Art.
Also, with 2 or 3, side by side, as an entry bench….
With hooks for coats and such….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 08-11-2014 03:04 AM

Turning stock, platters and bowls.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 08-11-2014 03:30 AM

Depending on the size, you might consider making a table-top (then eventually the whole table) which is round and features the cut slabs as a pizza-pie slice table.

With all the grain pointing to the center that should be much more elegant than the one I made out of OSB.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#7 posted 08-12-2014 05:27 PM

Thanks all for suggestions. I have no way to turn so turning blanks was out. The outdoor chairs was an interesting idea. I ended up keeping two of them…one to about 5/4 and the other thick at the base. Maybe this winter while I’m warming up to the rest of them in my fireplace I’ll decide what to do with them.

Thanks again all for the interesting suggestions.


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