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    What is a large oak tree worth?

    I am going to have a large oak tree removed from a house we are buying. The tree is close to three feet in diameter and fairly straight. My brother seems to think someone will pay me to take it. Any thoughts?



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    Talk to the people who you think will buy it first. I had a large Oak fall in a storm at the farm. When I went looking for people to sell it to, none were interested in it. I could not figgure out why. Talking to a forester I found out why. Oak wood changes color within 48 hours if it is not taken to the lumber mill and cut right away. If you cut the tree down and do not have it at a lumber yard within that time it is junk. Sell it and have them cut it down themselves. Now for value, $2000 minus the labor cutting and cutting into usable wood.
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    If you can't find a mill to take it you might try cabinet or custom furniture makers. They are alway looking for prime wood.

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    Don't forget stuff like burls or the stump as figured wood often has a higher value for cabinet making.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Radman View Post
    Talk to the people who you think will buy it first. I had a large Oak fall in a storm at the farm. When I went looking for people to sell it to, none were interested in it. I could not figgure out why. Talking to a forester I found out why. Oak wood changes color within 48 hours if it is not taken to the lumber mill and cut right away. If you cut the tree down and do not have it at a lumber yard within that time it is junk. Sell it and have them cut it down themselves. Now for value, $2000 minus the labor cutting and cutting into usable wood.
    Is it red oak, white oak?
    White oak goes for about $3 per board foot (over 18 inches on small end)
    Red oak goes for about $1-1.70 per board foot.
    How big is your tree?

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    We are hopefully closing on the house within the next week or two. When I get some time I will take a closer look and update. Thanks for all the info so far guys!!

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    A lot of mills won't take trees that were / are in yards. Too big of a chance of nails and other items in them that could ruin their saw blades, and hurt someone.




    Quote Originally Posted by mrlongshot View Post
    I am going to have a large oak tree removed from a house we are buying. The tree is close to three feet in diameter and fairly straight. My brother seems to think someone will pay me to take it. Any thoughts?

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