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Blog entry by WoodJediNTraining posted 03-11-2012 07:32 AM 4392 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little while back I had a Pecan tree delivered to me by a local tree service. Well I took two of the 4 logs to the mill and had them cut into 4/4 stock. the other trees I will have some 8/4 stock cut out of them. I took you guys on a field trip to the mill with me… here are both videos of the milling process.


If you never considered having lumber milled for you, it is something you should look into…It is a fun process and a great way to save money…

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com



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HalDougherty

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 12:02 PM

Better not stand too close to the sawmill while it’s running. No, not for safety… If you aren’t careful, you’ll catch the sawmill bug and the only thing that can cure it is to spend lots of money and buy yourself a sawmill. Only that’s not the expensive part. You’ve got a trailer to use to get started, but you’ll need a tractor to move logs, lumber and other things around your setup. Then you’ll need a log arch to get logs from the woods to your trailer. Then you’ll need a saw shed like Roberts. Oh, and you’ll need a shed to dry the lumber. Again Robert has one of the nicest ones I’ve seen. And it never ends… LOL Here’s another forum that’s dedicated to sawmills and forestry. It’s one of the best and the admin is super nice. http://lumberworks.freeforums.org/portal.php Robert is a member and posts lots of good photos and movies.

Your videos are great and are a big help to explain why someone with some trees down should find a sawmill operator and have them converted into lumber instead of firewood.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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rodman40

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 12:34 PM

Great pile of wood Laney, when you quoted the savings it shocked me of the vast differance from store bought. Even if you got a discount, it couldn’t lessen the cost by much to brag about. Look forward to the future projects from that beautiful lumber, thanks for the videos and neat tricks of the trade you share. Rodman

-- Rodman

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danzaland

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 01:50 PM

Like Hal’s Comment.
Sexy. Cutting open a log and finding what’s inside is Sexy! The potential, the possibilities!
I always shed a tear when I drive by a house and see a huge tree being cut up for fire wood.

Great video, thanks for the tease!

-- I don't know what God is. But I know what He ISN'T - Jordan Maxwell

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Joseph Jossem

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 05:47 PM

nice colors in the lumber cool video

you are right you will save a ton compared to buying the lumber

Hal is right dont stand to close soon you will get addicted then be in debt for the rest of your life hahahaha

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WoodJediNTraining

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#5 posted 03-11-2012 07:25 PM

Hal, you are right, it is addictive, :O) but I think Robert Ross has my business indefinitely lol I would love to have a mill.. but there is a lot more that goes with it that is for sure.. But as long as Robert keeps milling, and selling hardwoods, I will keep bringing my trees to him. :O) He is a great guy and a wealth of knowledge. and he is great about taking the time to explain things, teach me, or give advice… I have learned a lot from him. I will for sure check out the forum. oh and when you see me standing to close to the mill…lol i was actually holding a metal detector and standing at an area we marked that had a nail and as he slowly progressed through the log, he watch as i pointed out the spot to make sure that the blade wasn’t going to come into contact with it… luckily right after that cut we were able to dig down and remove the nail to proceed.. Now there were two times that we did find hidden hardware in the tree and i did have to purchase two blades :O) but that comes with the process.. you never know what you may find in a tree…

Rodman, the savings is shocking, that’s a fact. The milling service is charged, by the Bd Ft. of lumber cut, plus additional costs, if the tree has any nails, hardware etc that could damage the blade. In the first log we hit a few nails, And I had to pay for 2 blades. the cost of milling per bd ft versus purchasing retail per bd ft is a huge difference.. and totally worth doing. I really enjoy the process of taking fallen trees and converting them into usable lumber.

Danza, when I see firewood piles or fallen trees just being wasted, yea i tear up a bit… I think of the cool things that could be made from that wood…lol

And Pono…Thank you, for sharing those photos…what a great looking set up…:O)

Thank you all for your cool comments :O)

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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WoodJediNTraining

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#6 posted 03-11-2012 07:37 PM

LOL you know what i just realized, when i was telling you guys how much it cost me to mill the two logs…as i tell you you notice i look up (trying to do the math in my head) lol i was off by $12 it cost me $138.00 to mill the two logs (Not $126.00 as i stated in the video) ... so my savings was $1,695 versus buying retail… :O)

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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Cajunrotor

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#7 posted 03-13-2012 01:01 PM

“Now there were two times that we did find hidden hardware in the tree and i did have to purchase two blades.”

Was the cost of the two blades included in your $138 cost?

Very informative video. Thanks for going to the effort of producing it for us to enjoy.

-- Earl

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WoodJediNTraining

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#8 posted 03-13-2012 05:12 PM

Hey Earl, When it it comes to the hardware in the tree, if the blade hits the hardware and gets damaged…(the set of the teeth thrown off) or in my case where the nails broke some of the teeth. The the blade has to be changed, and I pay for the replacement of the blade.. there were two times that happened.. Robert gave me one of the damaged blades to take home, said that i could probably make some knife blades out of it.. :O)

Now Im not sure of the actual cost of the blades he purchases, but he charged me $15 per blade ($30)... which i feel is very fair. The cost of the blades was a separate cost… and not included in the $138.00

Thank you very much, I am so happy you enjoyed the videos

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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Cajunrotor

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#9 posted 03-15-2012 12:17 PM

$15/blade seems very reasonable to me. Looks like you’ve got a nice deal going!

-- Earl

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WoodworkingGeek

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#10 posted 03-15-2012 05:43 PM

Hey Laney
Thanks for the showing us the process of milling logs! I have about 12 logs that i want milled so I’m wondering if you think that I should have the sawer come to my place or should I bring my logs to him like you did. They are very large logs and the sawer charges a $150 set up fee.
Thanks again!
-Matthew

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WoodJediNTraining

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#11 posted 03-28-2012 03:01 AM

Matthew, sorry it took so long to get back to you…. Your sawyer charges 150.00 set up fee to bring the mill to you? Wow, that is quite a big chunk of change….. Let me ask my sawyer about that, and get his take on it.. If it is something that is pretty standard, id have to say, it may be cheaper to bring the logs to him… but, let me get back to you on that tomorrow.. That just seems awfully high priced…

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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WoodworkingGeek

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#12 posted 04-08-2012 04:33 PM

Laney
Thanks for the help! I did find a another sawer and he charges by hour. He charges $350 for five hours of sawing, and doesn’t charge a setup fee.
The other charges $150 set up fee, and 20 cents per board feet. I’ll have to calculate what is cheeper.
thanks again!
-Matthew

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Don W

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#13 posted 04-08-2012 04:38 PM

Brand new this week.

More on the story.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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WoodJediNTraining

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#14 posted 04-08-2012 04:44 PM

Very Nice Don!! She’s a beauty! Going to go read the rest of the story now. Matthew I have a chart that estimates board feet of a log, if I can find it i will scan and post it for you. It may help with the calculations.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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