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Trailer boards, really?
« on: March 23, 2019, 08:24:40 AM »
A neighboring town highway department had a couple White oaks that came down. Asked if I could saw them into 1-3/4" trailer deck boards. Sure says I after explaining about possible metal from being roadside trees.
I can't believe these boards are going for decking. The nicest log was 14' long, 31" diameter (but end) and knot free. I took a few boards over 16" off. I'm really glad that the town's employees were hefting those boards off the mill!

 

 


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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2019, 08:27:36 AM »
Nicest looking trailer boards in the county!
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2019, 08:45:37 AM »
Trailer boards?
What a travesty 
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2019, 08:49:44 AM »
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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2019, 09:05:16 AM »
Nice decking.  Too bad you didn't have some trailer-grade stuff to trade them for that veneer log.
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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2019, 09:16:37 AM »
Just think how impressed those government employees will be when they drive a piece of construction equipment over those nice white oak boards! 

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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2019, 09:18:36 AM »
The customer is always right.
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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2019, 09:19:54 AM »
What a shame.  That one should have been RRQS.
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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2019, 09:22:11 AM »
Could be worse, in landfill, pushed off road and left,  I have seen walnut pushed up into windrows and burned to make way for a pine plantation now that will make you puke.
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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2019, 09:47:50 AM »
I have sawn beautiful cherry into barn flooring and the nicest red oak logs I have ever seen into planks for the game commission signs :'(.
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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2019, 10:29:10 AM »
Back in the early 80's red oak was depressed. I can remember one summer sawing logs purchased off a state sale near Evart Michigan. 24"-30" 10ft long Red oak logs that looked like they had the bark painted on. Dead straight, no limbs or knots. Veneer log after log for much of the summer. Probably a quarter million feet. Sometimes I would go hours without seeing a knot.  They were all sawn into 3.5" by 6" cants that went to summerville wood products in Port Huron Mi to be sawn into pallet boards.
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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2019, 11:48:27 AM »
When I first started buying timber in 1976, I was told not to buy any red oak.  It was considered junk wood.  Much the same rap that red maple got many years later.  We sold mainly as casket wood and pallet cants.  We tried ties, but the markets weren't very good back then.
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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2019, 12:08:17 PM »
What a waste using that White Oak for Trailer Boards.


 
When it would have made very nice Bridge Planking.  ;D
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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2019, 02:22:12 PM »
Another travesty up here is the beautiful big Douglas fir getting sawn up into rough 2x8 and made into rig matts for the oil patch to get ground into the muskeg! Some beautiful clear wood getting mashed into the ground. Nothing against this industry but gotta be a better way.
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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2019, 03:26:39 PM »
Surprised  those logs made it to a mill.  Around here they like to cut them to fit in the loader bucket; about 4 1/2'. The butts get destroyed when pushed over with said loader while half cut through. Everything wasted, nothing saved, that the rule today.

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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2019, 03:39:50 PM »
   I'm glad somebody in the city recognized the value and took the effort to save the logs. Hopefully this will save the taxpayers money too at the same time it repurposes what would have otherwise been a waste product.

Lynn,

   Yes, WO is great bridge material but why did you even edge them? Looks like LE would have worked fine too. I had a customer wanted his WO bridge timbers cut 3" thick. I cut the first one about 10" wide X 12' long and it took about all use 2 old men could do to move it. After that he said 5-6 inches wide was plenty. He did use a 2X4 on edge as a spacer as we need a place for the snow to go up here. (I guess that would be a good reason to edge them.) Plus his lumber went further.
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Re: Trailer boards, really?
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2019, 03:53:31 PM »
but why did you even edge them? Looks like LE would have worked fine too
If you look closely you will see that the White Oak is not edged.  I did not have enough White Oak for the entire bridge so I had to use some shorter Red Oak boards for the approaches.  ;D
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« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2019, 09:00:41 PM »
Wish I had some big white oak.   I need to redeck my log trailer.  Probably will end up doing it with red oak that I'm picking up tomorrow.
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« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2019, 09:26:36 PM »
White oak planks should be edged because like other wood the sap rots fast. The truth is that all the white needs to be gone even if done with a draw knife or axe. White oak, brown heartwood only, slow growth, seasoned a few years can last 20 years plus on a trailer or bridge. It also should be cut after the growing season.

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« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2019, 10:34:27 PM »
Beautiful decking and nice rig...so much better then becoming mulch (road side) or firewood...great job
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