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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 04-22-2016 04:01 PM 1136 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2016 04:01 PM

Went out to my usual guy to buy a small load of maple, and noticed that the spot where his little old band-mill used to be was empty. “Sold my mill” he tells me. I guess the physical nature of it got too much for him (I’d say he’s in his early to mid 70s). Really bummed me out. I’ve only been buying from him for a couple years, usually about 150 bdft at a time, but the wood was nice and pretty clear, and he sold 4/4 air dried ash, maple, hickory, cherry, and hemlock for under a buck a foot, and just about every time through in freebies. If you wanted to get spendy and get 8/4, if he had it, that was about a buck. He’s got enough ash and maple left that I’ll probably be able to buy from him through next summer, but I’m not looking forward to finding a new wood guy.

Just thought I’d share my sob story.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#1 posted 04-22-2016 06:04 PM

That sucks!
Did you check the woodmizer site, they list local sawyers. What about the guy that bought the mill?
I was able to find a couple guys on CL with saws that cut wood for a hobby and for some extra cash with some decent prices.

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#2 posted 04-22-2016 06:13 PM

I haven’t looked yet. I have enough lumber on hand for my current project (new kitchen cabinets), and the next few projects. With a 2 year old and a 3.5 year old, I don’t get a lot of time in the garage, so I should be set for two years or so. I also work out of a two car garage, so I don’t have much space to stock up. I’m anxious to get a huge portion of my stack milled and cut to part size for the face frames and doors, just to free up some space. If I can find space, I may stock up a bit after the kitchen is done, but I just started skip-planing wood for it last weekend.

I occasionally see some guys posting on CL. Some are good deals, and some try to get board room FAS prices for their stuff. Some have good deals, but they want to sell the whole stack of 500 or 1000 bdft, which I can’t do right now. When the time comes, I’ll just have to find my deals.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 04-22-2016 06:20 PM

The sawyer I buy from suffered a pelvic fracture when a log rolled and crushed him. Talking to him made me realize I want to focus on woodworking, not milling lumber. It is pretty rough on the body.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 04-22-2016 06:31 PM

Wow, he’s lucky to be around to tell that one!

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 04-22-2016 06:50 PM

Man, that sucks. Buy as much as you can while those prices last!

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#6 posted 04-22-2016 08:24 PM

“Hi Honey, I’m home!” (I hate it when that happens) :>/

I would stock up while you can at those prices.. I wish for a day when I can buy for those kind of prices.

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#8 posted 04-22-2016 10:37 PM

My prime supplier of eastern red cedar has also quit milling. The owner retired and sold the concern to a cabinet maker. I have enough cedar to last me until Christmas or so. Life goes on…..

-- No PHD just a DD214 Website>

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