Welcome! Forums General Woodworking Discussions Projects Got oak timber – suggestions?

Tagged: ,

Viewing 6 posts - 1 through 6 (of 6 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #142503
    David R.
    Participant

    Hello fellows,

    I just got two leftover pieces of oak timber from a gardening job which are about 24x12cm (9 1/2″ x 4 3/4″) with a length of 2,60m (~8′) and 1,20m (~4′). They were intended for a palisade, so there are some cracks in some places. More importantly, though: I don’t have any power tools to dimension the wood. I do have tools which might be used for riving, but it is dry wood, not green, so I don’t know ho well this will work.

    I would appreciate any suggestions of and thoughts about what to do with it. Thanks.

    David

    from Germany

    #142509
    Derek Long
    Participant

    How thick?

    That’s enough to make some nice boxes, or a clock, or something similar, depending on how thick the stock is. Obviously if its 2″ or 3″ thick that calls for some different projects.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #142510
    Hugo Notti
    Participant

    Whenever I tried riving (new word to me) dry wood, it works well once and goes bad twice. So I only split off waste-wood from pre-dimensioned stock. I don’t know exactly, why, but green wood is much easier to dimension by splitting. Resawing 24x12cm is quite an excercise, but if you only cut off, what you need, it should be fine. I would use a frame saw with a wide blade and big teeth to get a straight cut. You could make one with a tilted blade, so the frame doesn’t get in the way, or even make a blade that can be tilted. Even a large saw blade for garden saws will work, you only have to make sure, that it has good tension. A wobbly blade changes direction very often. You could rent a table saw for this. The blades are much wider than the ones you could use in a frame saw, but with a good fence, you might even get more out of the wood.

    Dieter

    #142515
    Richard Guggemos
    Participant

    David

    I think clearly that the best option is to air freight both pieces to me. I will cut them up and send back any pieces that seem more appropriate for you than me. ?

    Seriously, from your tone it sounds like you don’t have upcoming projects that require such large dimensions.

    The frame saw would work, as would rip and crosscut hand saws. They better be sharp, and I’d approach it as suggested: cut off what you need when you need it.

    As an alternative, you might find a small mill to cut it up. Maybe even barter some of your wood for their services. Or you might find a wood dealer who would trade your lot for some of his stock that is closer to dimensions with which you’d like to work.

    Regardless, it’s a nice challenge.

    #142523
    David R.
    Participant

    Thanks a lot for you input.

    Current idea is to make a shaving horse from the smaller piece. My brother might be able to rip it in half with a chainsaw. Something around 9×2 1/2″ should make a nice base.

    David

    from Germany

    #142528
    Hugo Notti
    Participant

    It will make a good shaving horse, but frankly speaking, I wouldn’t use nice wood like oak for that. I made a shaving horse from used softwood that I got for 10 Euro from a wood dealer and it is very robust. You could also ask at road construction sites, they often use huge amounts of wood that they need to get rid off later.

    PA030050
    (the seat is a piece of firewood, the bench-top was too weak, replaced now)

    Dieter

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by Hugo Notti.
    • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by Hugo Notti.
    • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by Hugo Notti.
    Attachments:
Viewing 6 posts - 1 through 6 (of 6 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.