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#1 posted 09-13-2012 04:33 PM

Cutting wood is a tough business. If you’re not going to be in an area where you’ll have access to a lot of fine or “exotic” wood, it’s going to be tougher making enough money to make it your full time job with any of the smaller mill set ups (sub-$40K). If you added other services, that’s a different story though. Maybe cut trees down and then mill and sell that wood. Also, if you’re in an area that needs a lot of fencing, log homes, trailer floors, etc., that certainly helps.

The people I know that are getting by have either large circular saw mills running thousands of board feet a week or guys that just have machinery to take rough stock and mill it to other products (trim, tongue and groove, decking, paneling, etc.). Those set ups usually are in the $120-400K range.

I cut wood as a second or third income. Mainly it’s to support my furniture making as I like to have custom-sized lumber for the things I make.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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