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    Milling an oak log

    Hello,

    I scored a 10" x 4' pin oak log.

    I guess my first question is, is this a decent wood to go to the trouble of milling it on my band saw? I made a sled awhile back to do this and it might be a good piece to try it out on.

    Also, if its decent wood, I don't have any anchor seal, can I use latex paint or maybe Kilz latex primer/sealer?

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    Re: Milling an oak log

    I would go for it! Worst case scenario you get practice with your BS sled. Last week I sawed a similar sized cherry log and was really pleased with the figure. I have used latex and water based kilz with positive results. Let us know how it turns out.
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    Re: Milling an oak log

    Are you sure it's a pin oak, or could it be a pesky willow oak? Anyhow, should give you some red oak planks. In the opinion of a friend of mine, who operated commercial dry kilns for many years, any type of latex paint will work just fine for a sealer. So left over paint can be used to do the job without buying Anchor, which is what I do use.
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    Re: Milling an oak log

    Quote Originally Posted by tdukes View Post
    Hello,

    I scored a 10" x 4' pin oak log.

    I guess my first question is, is this a decent wood to go to the trouble of milling it on my band saw? I made a sled awhile back to do this and it might be a good piece to try it out on.

    Also, if its decent wood, I don't have any anchor seal, can I use latex paint or maybe Kilz latex primer/sealer?

    TIA
    Eddie, most 10" diameter pin oak logs are fairly low grade. Personally I would not mill it unless the growth rings were very tight. Can you post a photo showing the cut ends of your log?

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    Re: Milling an oak log

    Eddie, most 10" diameter pin oak logs are fairly low grade. Personally I would not mill it unless the growth rings were very tight. Can you post a photo showing the cut ends of your log?
    ...and furthermore

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    Re: Milling an oak log

    Quote Originally Posted by scsmith42 View Post
    Eddie, most 10" diameter pin oak logs are fairly low grade. Personally I would not mill it unless the growth rings were very tight. Can you post a photo showing the cut ends of your log?
    You are correct, the rings are wide.

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    Re: Milling an oak log

    Looks like you've got some spalting underway. Could be good bowl blanks.

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    Re: Milling an oak log

    Quote Originally Posted by tdukes View Post
    You are correct, the rings are wide.

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    Not a good candidate for three reasons.

    First, and foremost, this is either from a limb or from a leaning tree. The off-center pith is a dead giveaway.

    Second, Most of that log is comprised of juvenile wood cells (pith), and they are highly unstable and tend to crack severely. Typically juvenile wood cells are produced for the fist 15 years or so of an oak tree’s growth. That means that just about all of the darker colored heart wood is comprised of juvenile cells.

    Third reason are they wide growth rings. Your early wood bands are about 6x to 8x thicker than the late wood bands, which reduces the wood quality.

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    Re: Milling an oak log

    Quote Originally Posted by scsmith42 View Post
    Not a good candidate for three reasons.

    First, and foremost, this is either from a limb or from a leaning tree. The off-center pith is a dead giveaway.

    Second, Most of that log is comprised of juvenile wood cells (pith), and they are highly unstable and tend to crack severely. Typically juvenile wood cells are produced for the fist 15 years or so of an oak tree’s growth. That means that just about all of the darker colored heart wood is comprised of juvenile cells.

    Third reason are they wide growth rings. Your early wood bands are about 6x to 8x thicker than the late wood bands, which reduces the wood quality.
    Very astute observation Scott! Thank you for the very valuable information that will help many of us better understand some of the characteristics of raw wood in the round.
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