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It was going to be firewood but...
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:24:28 pm »
I decided to see what it would be like as lumber.

I picked up a 14' white oak log with diameter of about 28". The bottom half was clear then the knots began - 12 of them and big, too - some a foot in diameter. It cut surprising straight so I cut 19" wide boards 1.5" thick. I stickered them on my drying rack and bolted them down with 4' long "bolts" made from rebar and all-thread. I assume the knots will crack but the boards should dry straight or bend the railroad iron they are bolted to. What should I expect from this overdone endeavor?
Firewood after all?
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Re: It was going to be firewood but...
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2017, 09:23:32 pm »
Nothing to add on the viability of the lumber with big knots other than time will tell. Do have a question though.  Is it a good idea to completely cover that stack up like that to air dry it?
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Re: It was going to be firewood but...
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2017, 05:57:17 am »
It is breathable wrapping around the edges. Keeps the sun off and lets some air through. The stack is drying; after 5 days I had to tighten the bolts.
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Re: It was going to be firewood but...
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2017, 07:27:21 am »
Some customers like knots and rustic. 
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Re: It was going to be firewood but...
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2017, 12:40:50 pm »
did you seal both ends of the boards to reduce checking?
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Re: It was going to be firewood but...
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2017, 03:08:20 pm »
I did not seal ends. We'll see how much i regret it.
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Re: It was going to be firewood but...
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2017, 04:28:42 pm »
Some customers like knots and rustic.

Here, here!!  95% of my current customers want wood with "character", and there's plenty of that drying in my shed! :D
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Re: It was going to be firewood but...
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2017, 07:37:03 pm »
Whenever I don't seal the end of logs, I come to regret it. 
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