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Posted on Making money ofo of your personal sawmill? What you guys do.

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#1 posted 09-28-2012 10:13 PM

Milling is secondary income for me. I’ve got a niche market, cutting for a few custom woodworkers—including myself. Some of the low-end bandmills in the <$10,000 range work well for this. If you can cut something that people can’t find anywhere else, you can pretty much name your price; I love it when a woodworker looks at a nice walnut slab and says “I’ll take it… how much?” Some of my logs come from tree care services, though you have to learn to cut around the nails hidden in urban trees. There is also a limited market for people who with a portable sawmil and who can cut logs with sentimental value. Main thing is to not go into it with the idea that you’ll make money from day 1. It takes years to build up a good customer base. The best part is when I find an outstanding piece that I can set aside for myself.

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