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JimmieCajun

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04-13-2009 04:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: portable sawmill and selling selling raw lumber

I have getting closer everyday to making the decision to purchase a portable sawmill. This will primarily be for a hobby at first, but I would like your feedback about being able to sell raw lumber. I would like to understand if it is feasible for me to think I can make a little money (maybe enough to pay for the cost of the tools and mill) by selling some or all of the raw lumber I would mill with the portable sawmill.

-- Jimmie, Houston Tx, cajun28201@yahoo.com


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#1 posted 04-13-2009 05:09 AM

What kind of trees are there in your part of the woods.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#2 posted 04-13-2009 05:18 AM

I live in the Houston, Tx area. I have made arrangements with two local Tree Service companies. They both confirmed they can provide me with a steady supply of Oak, Maple, Cedar, Pine, and various other species. Houston is a very large area with constant churn of land developers and older neighborhoods. Between the two, there is an abundant amount of trees that are just going to the mulch producers. I have loved woodworking for years and have a small workshop of my own at home. I have recently acquired another piece of property next to my home and I am considering if and when I should move forward with the purchase of the portable sawmill. I have reviewed many of the different types and manufacturers on line and have visited one local sawyer who owns a Lucas Mill. My real concern is, what do I do with the raw lumber? I can’t use all of it for my own projects. I would like to find an outlet to sell most of what I mill and use some of the rest for personal projects. Any advise?

-- Jimmie, Houston Tx, cajun28201@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 04-13-2009 05:19 AM

Selling lumber or custom cutting for shares or money on other peoples logs are a good way to get some cash.

Try to find a local club or user of hardwoods are some of your first contacts.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#4 posted 04-13-2009 05:26 AM

Thanks for the suggestion about a local club and hardwood users. I plan to visit a couple of local commercial mills in the area. They may or may not be willing to provide me with guidance or opinions. I have not yet found a local club or group of sawmillers. I have found only 3 portable sawmill owners in Houston area while searching on the internet over the last 12 months.

-- Jimmie, Houston Tx, cajun28201@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 04-13-2009 05:43 AM

Depending upon the amount of low grade wood you make. Pallet makers and repairers are a commercial user and usually will use green wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#6 posted 04-13-2009 05:48 AM

Thanks…that may be a viable outlet.

-- Jimmie, Houston Tx, cajun28201@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 04-13-2009 06:26 AM

If you get lucky and run into some highly figured or splated wood, you could probably make some quick bucks on it. I know a local miller who does that, but he also owns a kiln. He goes to a local log broker to look for prime logs too. I haven’t talked to him at lenght, but he has told me he has troulbe finding markets because he can’t fill big orders. He has been at for 30+ years.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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cmaeda

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#8 posted 04-13-2009 06:51 AM

You could always sell your lumber online.
I regularly buy #1 Common to use for unseen parts of furniture, drawer sides/bottoms and kid’s toys.

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#9 posted 04-13-2009 09:27 AM

I’ll buy some!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#10 posted 04-21-2009 08:41 AM

great ideal,, I love being around cut logs
mills and watch them cut logs.
You should not have any problem selling your wood, but make yourself a kiln was well because no one wants wet wood
Good luck

-- Wood working will help heal your body and mind !!

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#11 posted 05-03-2009 01:13 AM

Have a friend who has a portable bandsaw mill. Am in the process of preping a blown down red oak that should yield 45 feet of logs 24 to 16 inches diameter. Very straight. Harvesting my own wood is a blast but it sure is a lot of work. Figuring my time I can’t really justify it. However, now that folks tend to be more impressed, it should be good for added value on custom pieces. As much as I enjoy harvesting wood, I just can’t see how a bandsaw can compete with a large circular saw operation.
That said, if you haven’t found it already, I happened on to another website for sawyers. I have learned a lot from it. http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3/
Hope you do well

-- Keith, NW Alabama

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#12 posted 05-03-2009 02:01 AM

If you want to check out a great sawyer forum check out sawmillandtimberforum.com

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#13 posted 05-07-2009 11:55 AM

Thanks for these tips. Really appreciate the community spirit!

—Jeb

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#14 posted 05-07-2009 12:07 PM

ONe of the sawmill companies just sent me a ad saying they would let u try a mill free for 60 days. you might liik into that. it was either Woodmizer or Timberking i can’t remember which.

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#15 posted 05-07-2009 03:00 PM

Many of the sawmill manufacturers will put you in contact with owners of their mills near your area if you ask. Not sure if you’ve been to this place to check it out.

www.mgsawmill.com

They’re in Huntsville which isn’t too far north from you. Might be worth checking out just to see their operation. I’ve found most sawmills to be very generous about showing you around and talking about the business.

Good luck with your purchase.

-- Allen, Milwaukee, WI

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