Return to the Woodworking Forum | Post a Follow-Up

quartersawn red oak - how to sell?

Posted by karlsabo (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 16, 08 at 18:18

I have 3200 linear feet of freshly sawn quarter sawn red oak boards (cut 08/05/2008) Very large trees yielding beautiful boards up to 20 inches in width and many up to three inches +/- thick and 8, 10 , 12 +/- feet long. I'm storing four large stacks outside that are stickered and covered with sheet metal. I've been told it's best to sell now while fresh cut rather than air dry outside for a few years. Any advice would be much appreciated. Located in Western Mass.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: quartersawn red oak - how to sell?

I'm sorry to tell you that selling that wood is against several federal guidelines and is against Mass. state law and makes our ice cream man cry. It also causes night blindness in brook trout and gives three legged dogs bad breath. The local government in western Mass. has been trying for years to make it a crime to even harbor thoughts of quarter sawing red oak and air drying it for sale. So out of the goodness of my heart I am willing to let you send me all that wood so you don't get into any trouble.

OK serious now, No one wants to buy wood that may twist, warp, crack, etc..., which may be why it was suggested you sell now. If you let it dry, at least a year, you'll have a better idea of what is good to sell and what may have become firewood. Someone local may want to pick it up now but if you're using ebay or the like you'll want to let it dry first. Also shipping will be much cheaper if the wood has dried out a bit.

The offer to send it all to me still stands ;-)

RE: quartersawn red oak - how to sell?

Hopefully the boards are all end-coated?

RE: quartersawn red oak - how to sell?

Red oak, even q-sawn, is not that desirable, it tends to get gray-stain while drying. The "rays" are never as prominent as in white oak.
White oak is for furniture, red oak is for firewood.
If you kiln-dry it now, it may not be too late to avoid the gray staining.
Air drying is not a plus for oak as it is for walnut, etc.
If you find a buyer, sell.

RE: quartersawn red oak - how to sell?

I don't know that it's still true but I presume it is -- the buyer / manager at my local hardwoods outlet say the market for red oak is dried up right now. A lot of the retailers and wholesalers are getting rid of it for less than cost just to move it out.

RE: quartersawn red oak - how to sell?

I love building with red oak which I get from a local hardwood company. They save the 30" samples for me. Just checked Lowe's price on red oak and they are still proud of theirs.
Here is a quilt rack I finished yesterday of red oak.

Quilt Rack

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Woodworking Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here