I know a guy who loves working in the woods. He has his own saw mill
and saws up a lot of red oak and other things, but doesn't know where to
sell it. He says it usually isn't #1 and that's the problem. Does
anybody have thoughts on how he could move some of this? He is a
retired guy,like me, and is not in business to sell wood, jsut needs an
excuse to drop trees and run the sawmill I thought I had a lot of
rough sawed wood around (8000 or 10000 bd ft of this and that), but he
has many times more than I do.
west central Wisconsin,
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Perhaps, he could call a couple of the HSs that still have a decent
class (ours in California, are slowly coming back). I know of one that
would LOVE to have the oak.
Also, perhaps contacting the nearest club (check the Internet) and see
if there are any members who would like to buy.
If the guy lived near me, I'd buy up some, but shipping, etc. is
too much of a hassle.
1. Try posting on the www.craigslist.com classifieds if they have one
for his region. It's a very popular free classifieds system that has a
regional component so it's not national like eBay.
2. If the traveling woodworking shows come to his area, rent a booth
or try to cut a deal with the show to handout flyers or something. I
think a booth full of rough cut and maybe some big 12\4 would attract
a lot of attention.
Well sir, there is a lot of the red oak that has tons of rot and
insect damage. I have a lot of it and have milled some too. It's not
good enough for flooring which is the usual use for red oak.
It is often used for pallets since it is plenty strong and appearance
don't matter. If he just has to move it then that's who uses it, the
pallet industry. The pallet industry is quite competitive however
and prices for mill run red oak would be very low, maybe ten or
fifteen cents/bd foot. Also, since it is already milled then it might
not be correctly sized to industry needs. They use a thinner size
than the usual 4/4 that people cut.
I think even red oak with holes in it would make good flooring in my
house. I cut 2000 bd/ft for some neighbors who had it kilned and
milled. They don't mind the holes. The knots holes can be filled
with epoxy, stronger than wood. They can also be ignored. That is
not acceptable in most homes however.
It would also make good floors in an outbuilding perhaps with little
or no surfacing. Some animals actually do better on rough-sawn floors
than they do on smooth floors, better footing. Red oak is not known
for it's rot resistance but it is durable enough when you mill it
If you can't sell it then you have to use it yourself. I have even
seen it used as board and batten siding. It is not the preferred use
for that species but what the heck? Red oak makes damn fine firewood
if nothing else. The value of oak firewood has never been higher.
$70 to $100 per cord is the range of prices I see around here for oak
firewood and no worries about rot and bugs. I bet it sells for twice
that in the Big City.
There are a few people in Central and Southern Wisconsin that have the same
issue. I have been buying my red oak from the same guy for about 10 years
but he is getting old and I am afraid that he may not be around much longer.
He used to have a lot of 6/4 and 5/4 but had trouble selling it. Now he
mainly does 4/4 for the hobbyists around here (Northeren Illinois).
If you or you friend have some good 8/4 and 12/4 I would be interested. I
get a lot of heavy maple and cherry, but find it hard to get thick milled
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