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#1 posted 08-27-2012 01:28 PM

Watch out buying green lumber… The low price draws you in and the next thing you know the economics kick in and with just a little more equipment, your lumber costs will be even lower. I think the break even point in buying hardware weighed against buying lumber is somewhere between 300 and 500 board feet of any hardwood. To process it for making furniture, you’ll need someplace to dry it, a barn, shed or even a stack in the yard with plywood or scrap wood covering the top will do. Next you’ll need a planner and a jointer to get your wood surfaced and thickness you need for your project. Watch out and don’t even start calculating how much you’ll save if you saw your own logs into lumber… Next thing you know you’ll be a sawmill owner. LOL

I got a quote 5 or 6 years ago to replace the poplar siding on my old two story farmhouse and the prices ranged from $20,000 to, you’ll have to sign a contract and when we finish, we will let you know what the cost was. One reason I bought my sawmill was to mill lumber to replace the siding on my house. It’s drying in the barn now. In a few weeks, I’ll run it through my planer and then cut a rabbit on one edge and a cove on the other. My total cost will be my labor (which I enjoy anyway), some insulation, some paint, and some nails. I’m not looking forward to the painting part.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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