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Posted on Suppliers: Looking for mini-mills in Ontario Canada

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Phil Brown

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#1 posted 09-07-2007 06:31 AM

I use a small operation in the bush north of where I live. They supply most of the crating lumber for my trucking employer’s operation shipping goods to the arctic – mostly poplar and pine. Two weeks ago I went up with a 48 foot flatdeck and filled it with poplar. My sawyer friend told me he had a present for me and proceeded to the barn where he had a dozen boards of spalted maple drying inside. He gave me the whole lot free. He had some black cherry as well. I couldn’t tell the difference from other cherry that I’m used to so he told me to smell the wood. The black cherry had a sweet smell which he told me is a key identifier to the wood. If you email me privately with your requirements I can ask him if he can fulfill them.

As far as mini mills for sale, there’s a glut of them around here – starry eyed individuals trying to get rich quick. Milling lumber for resale is a tough go. In fact, my friend is going to a circular saw mill after two bandsaw mills so he can double his speed. Bandsaw mills have limitations although they cut a thinner kerf. If they’re not tuned or have enough adjustment capabilities(he got rid of his first bandsaw mill for that reason) or kept at a proper feed rate, the lumber turns out very poorly dimensioned.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario


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