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Re: Is there bad oak?
« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2014, 10:10:58 AM »
Thanks Golddredger, I found that one too.
after a quick lesson on oak tree ID im going back today to see if I can find one.
the Farmer has 400 acres with acouple good size patches of trees.
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Re: Is there bad oak?
« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2014, 05:19:24 PM »
OK! now were cutting oak!

Dropped two small trees and got this little bit.
amazing how much water is in this oak. it literally poored out of the hinge cut on the second one.
its about a 20 min ride out on farm roads and when I finnally made the levee gate it was still drippen.(see pic)
 

 

 

 



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Re: Is there bad oak?
« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2014, 05:33:33 PM »
LOL yep we cut some Live Oaks down last summer and the water was pouring out the end. Could have filled a glass up with it for a drink! 8)
Kinda crazy. But that is why these Oaks fill up with water and then break all the time. Just nuts. Here in Chico by Chico state college there is giant oaks I am talking 6ft trunks. Big trees. A branch broke off and killed a student just a few months back. They get filled with water to make it through summer and they are heavy. I have milled a bunch of it. Just sticker with 3/4" stickers. Let dry slow in the shade for 1+ years. so long as they are under 2" thick. They will not twist up much if they dry somewhat slow via air drying. But make darn sure they are not in direct sunlight or they will split and twist to high hell. They will be fire wood. Paint the ends of the logs as well. You must paint them or they will dry to fast and crack a bunch/ When they do they split full length.  That crotch log on the left side of the trailer will make a very nice table.
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Re: Is there bad oak?
« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2014, 05:57:21 PM »
Thanks Golddredge
I'll do all that for sure. (The stupid cottonwood even got painted..lol)

Im hopeing to get some nice quartersawn peices for tabletops.

the pic sure does look like a crotch piece but its 4 separte logs. but now that you say that theres alot of great table stuff out there to be found.

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Re: Is there bad oak?
« Reply #24 on: March 20, 2014, 11:22:34 AM »
The only "bad" oak I've ever heard of is "poison oak"! :D   That's all  nice looking stuff, and I'd be lovin' it if I had some up here!!!
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Re: Is there bad oak?
« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2014, 02:03:08 PM »
I sawed another kind of bad Oak this morning.  Foreignigus Metalullous Oakonus.  That stuff is murder on saw blades.   :-\
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« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2014, 02:35:26 PM »
how well do metal detectors really work?
with my scavanging logs from almost any source
i'm sure I will need one.
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Re: Is there bad oak?
« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2014, 03:14:00 PM »
Any one of the three metal detectors in my truck would have easily found these.  None will if they are in the truck. 

Fact is, I very seldom scan logs, and it is a "catch 22" situation.  I'm sawing hourly rate, scan logs, and find nothing.  Whose clock was I on?  If I scan and find nothing, and still hit something, who pays for the blade?  I do often ask if the customer wants to scan.  That way it is his time, and still his nail if he doesn't find it before the blade finds it.

The blade will always find them and I charge $25.  Actually, hitting metal is a very small percentage considering the number of logs that come across my sawmill.
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« Reply #28 on: March 21, 2014, 11:47:09 AM »
Muck, Libby is about 60 miles from me...yah, there's still some good sized stuff around once in a while. ;)
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