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My log guy, has a very old and solid Red Oak I can get. It will be 3 or 4, 6 to 7 foot logs. He had to use a crane to bring them down and since it was so large (wide) he cut into those lengths. He said he expects the tree to be over 100 years old. He can only put 3 logs on his dump truck.

I am not a fan of red oak, mostly because all I have experience with is boring straight grain wood. Should I get them and slab them up?

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My log guy, has a very old and solid Red Oak I can get. It will be 3 or 4, 6 to 7 foot logs. He had to use a crane to bring them down and since it was so large (wide) he cut into those lengths. He said he expects the tree to be over 100 years old. He can only put 3 logs on his dump truck.

I am not a fan of red oak, mostly because all I have experience with is boring straight grain wood. Should I get them and slab them up?

Thanks!
Heck yeah...I like Red Oak. What's the cost?






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I haven't seen the logs yet. he dumped them and is holding them for me. My estimation is about 1600 board feet using the Doyle Log Standard. Looks like I could buy it for about 0.25 per board feet maybe as low as 0.20, add another 0.125 for paying my sawyer, I own my own kiln, probably (still paying for me to build) 0.03. So my total cost should be around .40 to .50 to have dry slabs. Probably after all done and actual board feet per slab is calculated it will be near $1.00.
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I haven't seen the logs yet. he dumped them and is holding them for me. My estimation is about 1600 board feet using the Doyle Log Standard. Looks like I could buy it for about 0.25 per board feet maybe as low as 0.20, add another 0.125 for paying my sawyer, I own my own kiln, probably (still paying for me to build) 0.03. So my total cost should be around .40 to .50 to have dry slabs. Probably after all done and actual board feet per slab is calculated it will be near $1.00.
I would scoop them up.






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That sounds like pretty good savings on red oak. But, as my dad would say, you could save $1600 by not buying them, since you don't like red oak. So, unless you plan to resell the boards to some of the many people who like red oak, or use them in projects for some people who like red oak, it sounds like a terrible deal.
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Tman1 is right

Yeah I agree. My plan is to sell them all, unless their is some tremendous figure. I am starting a side business making slab lumber and a little dimensional lumber. in my line of work its hard to teach by boys (12,10,7) a work ethic and how a company operates. So I decided to produce a few slabs. I have about 4500 bd ft of logs to be cut right now and about 1000 bd ft of dried hard maple slabs. Ash, white oak, sycamore, walnut and maple are the logs on the ground now. Worse case scenario I will have a lot of wood to do projects with. Thanks!
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