4x4x8' Oak Posts. What to do?


Old 05-29-19, 07:29 PM
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4x4x8' Oak Posts. What to do?

I have a very broad question and would appreciate everyone's ideas and creativity! I have acquired 1400 pieces of 4"x4"8' oak lumber. This wood is in really nice shape. What can I build with this size and type of wood? Shed? Foundations for house? Carports? Garages? Log cabin? Sky is the limit I am just wondering what the range of possibilities are.

Old 05-29-19, 07:35 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

One consideration is how is the wood treated ?
Untreated lumber cannot be used where it touches the ground or it will rot.
Old 05-29-19, 07:37 PM
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4x4 oak isn't very useful IMO, but if you had a band saw and could cut it into 1 1/8" or 1 1/4" thick rips, then send it through a thickness planer to turn it into uniform S4S stock, you would have an awful lot of nice trim that would be worth a small fortune.

By gluing and clamping it to make wider glued up stock, you could build about any kind of furniture imaginable. Mission style is probably my favorite.
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FWIW, you mentioned a lot of outside uses and this isn't wood meant for outside. X gave you a few solutions and I wanted to point out they were all interior uses.
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I have 3 oak 4x4s on my front porch. They've been there for about 25 yrs and are in great shape BUT they have no ground contact and are somewhat protected by a roof. Locally a lot of the old barns were built with oak. As mentioned above I would not use the oak where it will have ground contact.
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I would probably use them as post may not last as long but about all post rot out eventually treated or not.
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My first thought was, "Holy crap! 1400 pieces of eight foot 4x4 OAK?". I would GLADLY take them off your hands!!!

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