Milling Lumber on the Farm

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Blog entry by GuyK posted 01-07-2012 07:29 PM 1550 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks back I had posted a question concerning drying lumber in a greenhouse, turning it into a kiln of sorts and got some great answers and help. thank to all that passed on their knowledge. So I just wanted to post some pictures of what I have been doing at the farm to warrant having wood dried. I am attaching some photos of what is a new experience for me. I have never milled lumber before a couple of weeks ago and really had no idea what I was doing from the start. But after watching several videos and getting some lessons from the people who lent us the saw, I have been able to make some progress and cut some fantastic lumber for us to use on the farm. The attached photos shows some of what I have cut, cherry, spruce and oak along with the 100 logs I have to go yet. I will keep everyone updated as I get further into this. It is fun but a great deal of work also.

-- Guy Kroll

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#1 posted 01-07-2012 07:40 PM


You will have some great wood to use soon.

Wish I could find someone with a portable mill in our part of Texas. We lost some trees this year due to our severe drought and they would make something better than fire wood with a mill.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 07:51 PM

Almost looks like enough to keep you busy for a couple of hours and maybe yield a small box : )

Good luck with the rest of the milling/drying. Hopefully you will post more pics as the progress unfolds.

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 08:11 PM

Very cool! In my pipe dream fantasy I would love to mill for a living.

Viking- check this site out
Woodmizer has removed the page with the list of sawyers, but if you call them as I did they will gladly give you a list of owners that have mills for hire. Im in rural Alabama (the sticks) and I was able to find one literally 2 miles down the highway from me.

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 08:23 PM

Thanks Wayne. Will check this out.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 02:37 AM

That’s a huge pile already. and 100 logs to go yet?
So with so much wood, aren’t you going to have to be air drying a lot of it too? By the time the last log gets into the kiln, it would have air dried for a few years already, no?

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#6 posted 01-08-2012 02:41 AM


WOW !!!!

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 01-08-2012 04:47 AM

Steve, I never thought of it like that, you miight be right.

Neil, thats what I say every morning when I started up the saw.

-- Guy Kroll

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#8 posted 01-09-2012 03:19 PM

You have your work cut out for you, actually your cutting out your own work :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#9 posted 01-10-2012 12:44 PM

Snowdog, I am taking some of it up to Bill Polley today to have him kiln dry it. The cherry is so nice, I don’t want to make any mistakes with it and not be able to use it. I am going to have to stop cutting one of these days and get back in the shop and make things. This is like “Catch 22” , need wood to build but also need time in the shop, so I will have to stop milling soon and start making time for the shop.Good to hear from you.

-- Guy Kroll

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#10 posted 01-10-2012 01:33 PM

That’s beautiful lumber and a nice rig. You have a beautiful place.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 01-11-2012 11:13 PM

Helluvawreck, thanks.

-- Guy Kroll

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