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Forum topic by Josh posted 04-08-2010 08:44 PM 979 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2010 08:44 PM

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I love seeing the wood you all collect or acquire in these wood gloats but how much does it cost to get those huge logs/trunks sawn/milled or whatever you call it?

I hate how much wood costs but I know people who are cutting down trees and I’m curious if its worth it to ask for their wood and then have someone process it.

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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#1 posted 04-08-2010 11:23 PM

It varies regionally. But at my sawmill I charge $0.35 bft to mill and the same to kiln dry (if they chose to kiln dry). So if a customer brings in a cherry/walnut/maple…whatever log they have a total of $0.70 a bft in kiln dried hardwood lumber when I am done. Sound better than the prices you are paying for lumber ? Or for my own personal use I get free logs and may spend a couple bucks in gas/a little labor and have 1000 bft of wood to use in an afternoons work on the mill. I dislike the word gloat and never use it, but I do like to show off some of the pretty lumber I have milled for myself and others.

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#2 posted 04-13-2010 10:11 PM

I have been acquiring lots of logs, but not having much luck scheduling time with the (couple) of local sawyers – so I decided to purchase a portable bandsaw mill and do it myself – on my own schedule.

Now I just have to find time to schedule setting up the new toy with myself…

Looking forward to seeing what is inside the logs.

-- rick

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#3 posted 04-13-2010 10:45 PM

If I see someone taking down a tree I try to get some lumber that is 12” in diameter or less. I can “mill” it on a sled on my bandsaw. Then I can let it air dry. It usually takes about 12 months when I cut the boards 1” thick or less. I’ve gotten some decent hackberry, sycamore, and mulberry that way. It is not great wood but it was, de facto, free.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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