We recently lost the largest valley oak in the county, leaving us with a 20
ft. stump, 6-8 ft. in diameter . I haven't thoroughly investigated yet, but
I believe it is sound. Is there any value for 6 in. cross sections of the
tree as raw material (e.g. for a table), and if so, what could I expect to
get for such pieces? (Would some thickness other than 6 in. be ideal?)
I am in the San Francisco Bay Area.
That's a very big oak tree. Wow. Were it mine I would speak with a
sawyer to see what could be done. Not many mills these days are
equipped for that sized butt. A chainsaw carver might be thrilled to
go at a piece like that. Indian totem pole? Throne? Gigantic dugout
I think it would be very neat indeed to make some very simple, solid
and *heavy* end tables, nicely finished. How about 20"x20"x32"
cubes(?), with the edges slightly rounded and a bit wavy, handplaned
(sound fun?) on three visible sides to add some depth. Tres cool, and
practically (if not totally) indestructible.
6" cross section is going to split- a lot. Oak is terrible for that.
If you're willing to let them sit until they're dry, they might make
good demi-lune table tops or something. If you're lucky, there will
only be one big pie-shaped crack from the center to the edge, and
you'll be able to simply cut the side opposite that, and come up with
two nice chunks that are worth something as a table tops.
Whatever you do with it, that's a lot of oak- have fun!
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