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We have a lott of red oak on our property in Pa and would like to timber them to build our dream log home. Is red oak a good species for a log home? Do we need to treat the logs before staining? Are there problems we should be aware of using red oak? Any information would be appreciated.

Answer:

You should borate treat the logs before staining. Oak is fine for a log home. We have worked on several of them. It is very hard though, and can be a challange to work with. Be sure to allow them to dry properly before staining.

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Posted By digger
12/12/2012
we're building a log home from scratch. i have a bandsaw mill up to 20' logs. i have yellow poplar,red and white oak, hickory, sycamore and virginia pine.i want to use 8"D logs.if i use poplar for the shell,can i just leal the bark on the round part or should i mill down the outer sap wood? would t&g hickory be good for the exposed ceiling? how about the dry in place method? where do i look for plans that spell out how to use all the different trees i have for about a 1800 sq. ft. ranch? i have 1"-3" saplings that have a spiral twist in the do to vines. besides manually stripping the bark,how can i get the bark off, would like to use these for outside railing,how do i treat them to preserve?