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Author Topic: Standing Red Oak Stem Advice for Milling  (Read 2519 times)

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Re: Standing Red Oak Stem Advice for Milling
« Reply #20 on: May 04, 2021, 07:13:05 PM »
That discoloration at the bottom of the butt confirms what looks like a long aged hole at the top, letting water into the center for years / possibly decades. If you get usable lumber from this log, it'll be a small amount. I'd burn this log. It's not worth the time spent on sawing.

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Re: Standing Red Oak Stem Advice for Milling
« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2021, 09:21:40 AM »
Just realized I didn't post the final slabbing pics. Well I did get some nice slabs out of the log.



Stacked and been drying for the summer like this, the large pith slab has cupped a little bit but I think it's around 3 1/2"



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Re: Standing Red Oak Stem Advice for Milling
« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2021, 10:23:06 AM »
Well I checked on the slabs this weekend and noticed some insect either boring into the bark or emerging from the slab? I am thinking it's a powder post beetle?

Frass/sawdust is sort of like cornstarch. The hole/tunnel is around 1/8"-3/16"


I followed one of the tunnels and it did penetrate the slab roughly 1.5"



This is a little lame and discouraging. I treated with BoraCare, but only once and maybe less effective after the months of summer and rain.

Ok. Need advice for next steps.

I am thinking of letting it air dry longer still and just fill the tunnels if/when I get to use the slabs.

I have some other red oak logs that I am wanting to have sawn, but now I am not sure about storing them.

Should I look into building a "clean room" or sort of kiln like room indoors and dry and store the new boards inside.

I would want to heat treat these slabs now before using them.





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Re: Standing Red Oak Stem Advice for Milling
« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2021, 07:46:27 PM »
Those PP beetles could have been there long before you milled the slabs. The logs you have yet to mill could show signs of them if you look close enough. Did you mention this tree was dead standing or dying?

If the bugs were already in the log, then the treatment would not have been effective for them. 

Your wood needs lots of air flow to dry. So a closed room inside is not a fit place for green lumber.  Outside in the breeze to air dry or into a kiln. 
I do what the little voices in my wife's head tell me to do.

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Re: Standing Red Oak Stem Advice for Milling
« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2021, 11:56:43 AM »
- I'm itching to fell it and have some Anchorseal - should I wait as close to milling as possible.
I bought Anchorseal.  Now I just use latex paint.

I don't know about red oak, but I learned this lesson with white oak.  It checked within hours of cutting.  Now I paint freshly cut wood as quickly as I can after felling.

I would paint the ends and paint an inch or two up the log.  Then repaint as above after milling into boards or slabs.

There is some checking you can not stop.

Those are pretty slabs you cut.


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