I had a nice straight white oak that blew down during hurricane Irene. I got it pulled out of the woods last weekend. It was 22 inches at the butt end, and 18 inches 20 feet up.
I took it to a fellow who has a woodmizer and we cut it up Fri. afternoon.
I got 9 boards out of it 14 1/2 " wide x 20' long.
6 are 6/4, 2 are 5/4, one from the middle is 8/4 quartersawn (pith in center).
I got it stacked and stickered yesterday, painted the ends, stacked some other lumber on top of it, and covered it with some old roofing metal. It should be just fine for the next year or 2 'till I use it.
I can tell you, these boards are HEAVY BEASTS. Yes, it took some effort, but well worth the $100. it cost to have 'em cut.
Don't you think?