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Hey, Burrhead! Found the rough oak : )
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Burlgoat    Posted 01-24-2003 at 15:39:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wouldn't believe how I found all the rough oak I need! The yellow pages...ha ha
Wilcox Sawmill in Rusk had exactly what we were looking for. My wife and I drove there this morning and picked it up.
We sure do appreciate you trying to locate us some and the offer still goes about the coffee if you ever are up in Fairfield. '
We have a farm between Fairfield and Teague where I prefer to stay, but my wife has this big idea of me building her a rustic den/new kitchen/office/12 ft. porch at our place at Lake Limestone where she stays all the time. We are both retired and we figured this was the best way to stay married..she at the lake and me at the farm. This rustic stuff, though, is ruining the original agreement!
Post a message when you are going next time and I'll meet you up there!
Thanks again!

Burrhead    Posted 01-24-2003 at 19:51:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's a good deal Burlgoat

All I found so far is trash pine. These folks claim they only saw oak in cold weather. I don't know how cold it's sposed to be cause the water trough is freezing about 2-3 days a week now

Slo    Posted 01-24-2003 at 17:34:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Burlgoat, what are you using the rough Oak for? Is it green off the saw or kiln dried? If it is green, it will shrink approximately 8-10%, possibly more in Red Oak, in either width or thickness, depending on sawing orientation.

Burlgoat    Posted 01-25-2003 at 00:54:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
It has been air dried outside for a year and a half. I will rip it 1/2" thick and put it up for interior walls instead of sheetrock.
I've already done one wall like that in the cabin. My wife liked it so much that she wants her walls in the new part just like it.
I'll post a picture of the one I've already done in the photo gallery.

LL    Posted 01-24-2003 at 18:15:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rough cut should mean that a 2 by 4 is really 2by4 and not 1 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches. If it is not kiln dried let it age or just figue in the size difference and a little srinkage. Then make it work. I think it will be great.

Slo    Posted 01-24-2003 at 18:20:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rough cut in hardwood lumber should be 1/8" plump in thickness on plainsawn to allow for shrinkage. Width varies. In plainsawn shrinkage will be most prominent in the width of the piece, and cupping may become an issue as the lumber dries, especially if the lumber is cut from small diameter logs.

Didn't say it wouldn't be great, just wondering what the end use is.

Les...fortunate    Posted 01-24-2003 at 18:38:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
As one who has sawn a few million feet of 4/4 red oak, I Roger what Slo said.
I never got into the kiln drying end of the bizness but I know oak is not easy to do.

Slo    Posted 01-24-2003 at 18:45:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I've dried a few million board feet of hardwood lumber. A few hundred million actually. Mostly Oak.

Dave    Posted 01-26-2003 at 05:55:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been do you build a log cabin with green wood? Seems like the shrinking would loosen the chinking and if you don't have a kiln the logs would take like 10 years to dry....

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