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post #1 of 9 Old 02-27-2020, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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My daughter & I each bought a bundle of 49 full dimension 2x6x10ís. Each bundle cost $35.00. I think we got a deal out here in the boonies.

I cut off a short piece of one & cleaned it up. I think I know what it is. Iíd like your opinions.




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White Oak? Could be Red Oak... good haul no matter what it is!

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Nice score for sure.
I am always on the lookout for old wood that people are throwing out.
People dont realize that it can be cleaned up and brought back to life
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My guess is itís red oak. It it looks like some store-bought that I have. Itís also redder than it shows in the photos.

We have a pipeline coming through the area. The pipe is shipped in on rail cars. The 2x6ís are used between them. After the pipe is offloaded the boards are stacked 7 wide by 7 high and strapped together. They gotta do something with it to keep from getting the site overrun with it, so they sell it. I expect that they use whatever hardwood they can get the best price on. This happens to be oak. People line up for it. One guy had a gooseneck he loaded four bundles on. I envied him. That much would have done me for a long time.

Jimmy (the one who sells it) is gone again for now. I hope to catch him next time heís here. He puts notices on Facebook, but I donít do Facebook.


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Looking at the end grain of that board it looks like white oak, red oak has larger pores and white oak has very few pores and smaller. Once you plane it you will know if it is white oak or red, the white smells much different when machining from red oak.
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My money is in red oak.
When machining, red oak often smells like dog doo.
When you handle red oak, the weight seems about right for its size. White oak feels awful heavy for its size. That only works if you are familiar with hardwoods.

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Texas Timber used to log Red Oak. Very prominent red colour.
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After comparing this to some red oak & some white oak I have, Iím pretty certain that itís red oak. I will try the soda straw test when I get back in to my Grouch Cave.


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Itís red oak. I could blow bubbles through it.


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