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Topic tags/keywords: lumber oak ash cherry walnut maple beech hickory cedar tupelo gum sycamore sawmill resource milling woodburning

Hello all,
I’m new here. I was checking out your site and noticed many are searching for lumber and paying a fair price. My brother has a manual mill. We’ve been cutting logs. So far we have ~20. We’ll cut some more as weather and time allow. The plan is to mill them this winter. So far most of what we’ve cut is walnut. But we’ve also have cherry, white oak, spalted black gum, spalted sycamore and hickory. We’ll be adding more cherry, white oak, hickory and walnut. We’ll also going to be cutting some eastern red cedar, red oak and white ash. By request, we’ll cut beech and sugar maple. We also have access to other species.

We’re not marketers. We’re just a couple of poor boys trying to keep our head above water. We mainly work weekends.The plan was to sticker this lumber and let it air dry while waiting for a buyer. But I think it would work better if we could custom-cut the lumber per the buyer’s needs. That way it’s cut to the right sizes and, possibly, could be loaded right on their trailer. The thing is we don’t have the market. So I was hoping to find some customers here that could advise us what they wanted to cut and we could run it off the mill on the spot.

Here’s a couple of shots of the mill:

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God


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#1 posted 2459 days ago

I forgot, we are also going to get some tulip (yellow) poplar and sycamore.

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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#2 posted 2459 days ago

Where are you located?

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#3 posted 2459 days ago

I see you are located in Kentucky. What part of the state are you in?

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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#4 posted 2459 days ago

Hello Kentucky!
I wonder if we could ship up a skid to Canada and split it up here.
We could use an assortment of FAS 16/4 down to 5/4 cherry, black walnut, and white oak.
We need matched lumber for furniture and a reasonable width.
Dont forget that turners love stumps and crotch for figure.

Everybody worries about the freight but in reality if we need it here we have to pay freight.
Get some pictures of your stuff up on the site and let’s see what we can do if we put our heads together.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 2459 days ago

Praki, we’re near E’town.

Bob #2, Canada? I don’t know. I’ll have to give that some consideration. We don’t have a grader so sorting into FAS, etc. doesn’t seem practical. We need to sell all of this rough-cut as all we have is a small planer that’s not up to jobs this size. I’ve been keeping my eyes open for good crotches and stumps. But stumps are full of rocks and also a lot of work. Our mill can only cut boards 24” wide (31” log) so we’re limited to smaller stumps and crotches at this time. I hope to remedy this next year because we have access to the biguns and a large burl that I’d like to do. We’ve been given standing trees that are 4-5’ dbh. They’re still standing and will be until we get some way to deal with them.

I was hoping to custom cut for waiting customers and load on the spot. There’s going to be leftovers – much of which will be high-grade so some pictures of that would be a good idea.

I guess what I’m saying is we need input and would prefer having the experts (customers) tell us how they want it done. You see, we’ve been at this a while but we’ve mainly been cutting lumber for barns, etc.. We’ve done a fair amount for a few local woodworkers but our capacity exceeds their demand. We’ve done some homework, and feel like we’re ready to move into the furniture market but don’t want to cut a lot of good lumber and just sit on it. Also funds are low (ok, we’re poor) so we’d like a quick turn-around.

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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#6 posted 2459 days ago

I’d definitely be interested in checking out your operation. I’m only about a half an hour away from E-town. I don’t have a trailer, but I’ve got a 1970 GMC pick-up that hold a lot of 8’ long boards.

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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#7 posted 2458 days ago

The mill is portable. We’re setting up on a farm where we’re cutting logs. We may do this in phases and move the mill to other projects inbetween. We have a few logs that a tree service has dropped off at my brother’s place. There will undoubtably be more soon. We also have several logs from a large white oak on a nearby farm. Then there’s several hunderd logs setting (decaying) on another nearby farm. We are also associated with a firewood lot and cut logs there from time to time. On top of all that we pick up some odd jobs here and there. So “our operation” is where the mill happens to be at any given time.

As soon as the mill is moved I’ll give a heads up and maybe we can get togather before the weather gets too bad. And just so I’ll know how to position the logs, what species and sizes are you interested in?

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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#8 posted 2458 days ago

I wish I was closer, but California is a long ways away. I am sure a lot of folks like JP and others will be looking for this wood.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#9 posted 2458 days ago

I’d be interested in anything you’ve got as far as species is concerned. Size… I’d say anything from 4/4 up to 8/4, any width. Like I said I’ve only got a pick-up so I’d need to stay as close to 8’ as I can get, but if some are a little longer then I could always strap ‘em down. I’m just looking to build a nice stash of lumber so I’m not going to be too picky. Any idea how much you’re looking to sell this stuff for?

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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#10 posted 2458 days ago

I am wishing, just like Bill. Sure would love to be closer to you dirtclod. I am sure I could put that entire stock of lumber to good use.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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dirtclod

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#11 posted 2458 days ago

He’s setting up the mill this weekend and, weather permitting, will be milling next weekend.

Note that we’ll cut to any size the log allows and you require. Want 3×12s or 4×10s? As usual, the bf price on heavier pieces is higher. Also specialty pieces such as spalted, crotches, burls stumps and quartersawn are priced uniquely. In the meantime I’ll get some prices togather for standard mill-run lumber. I’m also open to offers..

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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#12 posted 2456 days ago

Good luck DC. Be sure to take some pictures of the milling so we can see what you are doing.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#13 posted 2456 days ago

Rotting=spalted if you get it dried and out of the elements. Good luck with your business. There are a fair amount of eBay lumber sellers, might be something to look into.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 2455 days ago

Yup… if you start shipping it let me know.. I live in Utah and would be interested in Cherry, walnut and maple…

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#15 posted 2455 days ago

Good luck on getting it going.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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