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  1. #1
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    Icon5 Howdy. Newcomer her and I've got trees, but can I use them?

    Hi, I'm Jerry and a new member. My wife and I are founders of a non-profit ranch in Central Texas where we have 32 Ranchers with Down syndrome, autism and the like. They and our staff help run the ranch--cattle, horses, chickens, greenhouses, hay meadows, ponds, etc.

    We're going to build a small, traditional chapel, probably using clay and sand (which we have a lot of) to make Compressed Earth Blocks--like adobe, but maybe better--to build the walls with. We have lots and lots of post oak trees and am wondering if we could cut and stack some, maybe in a greenhouse for drying. I'm thinking of possibly using them a exposed ceiling trusses to create a vaulted ceiling.

    In my younger years my dad had taught me carpentry and I used to do some wood work but now I'm turning that over to my young staff and Ranchers. But, we have lots of trees and would love to build a chapel using a lot of local materials. I joined this site because there are clearly folks that know about trees, lumber, etc.
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    Re: Howdy. Newcomer her and I've got trees, but can I use them?

    Hi there Jerry - welcome to the forum

    There are several Texas Folk in here
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    Re: Howdy. Newcomer her and I've got trees, but can I use them?

    The short answer is yes you could use them for beams. I'd cut them to the size you want before you dry them and seal the ends with anchorseal. It shouldn't be hard to find a sawyer in your area that could come out and cut your logs into beams. Just be aware that even when it's dry, post oak beams will be heavy. For a drying method and schedule, I'll defer to Cody, our resident drying specialist. He should be along soon.
    Mark


    "Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid." G.K. Chesterton
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    Re: Howdy. Newcomer her and I've got trees, but can I use them?

    Welcome from another Texan. I in Pearland, just south of Houston.
    Mannie
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    I hate it when people steal my ideas before I think of them.
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