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03-04-2015 04:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: raw lumber question oak

I have a bunch of white oak trees that I had cut down on my property. They are in large chunks that range anywhere from 1’x2’x2’ to 4’x3’x3’.

I really don’t have room for them and I don’t want them to just go for firewood. I am in the Atlanta area too.

Ideas?


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#1 posted 03-04-2015 04:06 AM

Too short for sawmills. Put it on your local Craiglist.

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#2 posted 03-04-2015 04:12 AM

You will be lucky if you can get someone to come out and haul them away for free.. CL in our area is loaded with ‘free wood’ ads.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#3 posted 03-04-2015 12:49 PM

So you don’t think any wood turners would be interested in these chunks?

Thanks!

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#4 posted 03-04-2015 02:26 PM

I don’t think white oak will be easy to get rid of. Also after a short time laying on the ground they ruin, or so I was told. I’ve got 70 acres of land in NW Miss. Theives dropped by one day and cut about half the timber. They hauled some of it off and had the rest piled up ready to haul before they were caught. The logs are still there rotting because I was told they were no good after laying there for about two months.
Gerald

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#5 posted 03-04-2015 03:03 PM

Craigslist ad for free firewood is about your only option since they are already cut too short to mill into lumber/slabs.

Gerald, I have a sawmill and would love to have white oak logs that had been cut 2 months ago! If the ends weren’t sealed there will be some checking on the ends but otherwise should make nice lumber.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 03-05-2015 12:36 AM

I had two white oaks logs sit (ends sealed) for a few months, and though there was some decay for the most part they were fine. You should go back and take another look at those logs.

Greg

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#7 posted 03-07-2015 03:38 AM

Some of these responses are not based in fact. White oak is very decay resistant. The sapwood will rot off but the heart wood will be fine. There is a reason it is typically used for trailer decking and other applications exposed to the weather. This winter I finally sawed a white oak that was sitting in the pile for three years. Other than a bit of insect damage near the sapwood, the lumber was perfectly fine.

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#8 posted 03-07-2015 03:58 AM



Craigslist ad for free firewood is about your only option since they are already cut too short to mill into lumber/slabs.

Gerald, I have a sawmill and would love to have white oak logs that had been cut 2 months ago! If the ends weren t sealed there will be some checking on the ends but otherwise should make nice lumber.

- gfadvm


I would lIke to have your info on your saw mill, if it’s close to me. I live in Olive Branch Ms. The land is close to Arkubutla lake, near Coldwater Ms. The timber is definitely ruined now. It’s been close to 3 years since I called the county agent about it. He said bugs got in it fast around here, but I really don’t know. I still have a lot of trees though. If your close send me an email.
Gerald

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#9 posted 03-07-2015 04:09 AM

Jenks, Oklahoma is a LONG ways from you :(

Get on WoodMizer’s site and they will show you who in your area does custom milling.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 03-07-2015 04:12 AM

I live in the middle of an oak forest and have trees come down all the time.. If they are off the ground, I let them sit for a year or more and wind up with some really spectacular spalted wood. The really big stuff can take an extremely long time, so most of what I harvest is larger branches, about 4-6 inches in diameter. The saw mills around here won’t have anything to do with them, regardless if cut into chunks or not, so I usually wind up putting them in a pile back in the woods and letting them turn into dirt :) As mentioned, the local Craigslist is full of ‘free wood’ ads.. right now, there is probably 20-30 of them and they usually sit out there until they expire. Most of the houses in town wind up having to pay someone to come and haul them away since they can’t just let them sit in their yard. I’d love to get a sawmill, but that is beyond my reach at the moment.. putting a couple of kids through grad/nursing school is sucking the life out of me !

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#11 posted 03-07-2015 02:14 PM

Brad, I hear you! I got my sawmill off Craigslist for cheap AFTER one daughter graduated from nursing school and the other graduated from veterinary school!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 03-11-2015 04:32 AM


I have a bunch of white oak trees that I had cut down on my property. They are in large chunks that range anywhere from 1×2 x2 to 4×3 x3 .

I really don t have room for them and I don t want them to just go for firewood. I am in the Atlanta area too.

Ideas?

- masseycreates

The problem is, you had them cut down too short. Some turners may be interested, but most woodworkers won’t be real interested.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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