LumberJocks

Cherry Veneer logs to sawmill to lumber yard

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by Timbering35 posted 710 days ago 1478 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Timbering35's profile

Timbering35

1 post in 710 days


710 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: cherry veneer lumber logs sawmill timber timbering lumber yard lumber yards sawmills logging timber market market tree trees cost price current price market value board feet board foot forestry forester forest

A friend of mine says he buys $10,000 worth of logs every couple weeks (runs them through his mill) and sends them to lumber buyers in Canada. Within 3-4 weeks they send him a check for $12,000-$14,000 depending on the grade. Is this possible?

I am in the business of buying Cherry Veneer logs. I have my own mill and ship my lumber locally. Does anyone know about the Canadian market for cherry veneer or how it compares to the Pennsylvania or US market? Or is this guy telling me stories?


8 replies so far

View Nomad62's profile

Nomad62

689 posts in 1559 days


#1 posted 709 days ago

He spends 10k on the logs, mills them, then sends them off for 12-14k….sure, why not? Not a very large mark up really, plus he spends money on his mill (fuel, blades, time). If he has the market he certainly can do that. Find a buyer and you could do it too. The market is fickle, best of luck.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

View Dusty56's profile

Dusty56

11639 posts in 2289 days


#2 posted 709 days ago

Do you plan on making veneer out of the logs or just selling someone the logs ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View nwbusa's profile

nwbusa

1016 posts in 887 days


#3 posted 709 days ago

Being a US expat living in Canada, I can tell you two things:

1. Hardwood lumber, like just about everything else up here, costs more in Canada than it does in the States
2. Shipping stuff back and forth across the border is regulated and can be a costly proposition in some cases

-- John, BC, Canada

View Post_Oakie's profile

Post_Oakie

84 posts in 755 days


#4 posted 604 days ago

That’s a $2k to $4k gross. The net would depend on the expenses. How many board feet are involved? How much time and expense (including paperwork)? What is the equipment required? Do you have any sawmilling experience? Mis-cutting one shipment could hurt you real bad. Where does the veneer come in? Is it a full time proposition or part of a larger overall operation? I’d look at it really closely, and not depend on it as a sole source of income. In my experience running a portable sawmill, you’ve got to consider all the possibilities, but be realistic. No easy money that I’ve ever found.

-- Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

View Post_Oakie's profile

Post_Oakie

84 posts in 755 days


#5 posted 604 days ago

That’s a $2k to $4k gross. The net would depend on the expenses. How many board feet are involved? How much time and expense (including paperwork)? What is the equipment required? Do you have any sawmilling experience? Mis-cutting one shipment could hurt you real bad. Where does the veneer come in? Is it a full time proposition or part of a larger overall operation? I’d look at it really closely, and not depend on it as a sole source of income. In my experience running a portable sawmill, you’ve got to consider all the possibilities, but be realistic. No easy money that I’ve ever found.

-- Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

View Post_Oakie's profile

Post_Oakie

84 posts in 755 days


#6 posted 604 days ago

sorry, somehow got posted twice, and couldn’t find a way to remove the duplicate

-- Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

View rrww's profile

rrww

253 posts in 714 days


#7 posted 604 days ago

Did you mean he sells each log for 10 – 12k? I’m not in the milling business but I am in business and I just don’t see how you can go through that much work for 2 – 4 K gross and pay the bills. Shipping, paperwork, loading up trucks and fuel can eat through cash quick.

View Dusty56's profile

Dusty56

11639 posts in 2289 days


#8 posted 604 days ago

ANOTHER 1 POST WINNER

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase