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Forum topic by Whitewalls posted 04-06-2015 11:29 PM 942 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Whitewalls

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04-06-2015 11:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber sawmill

Just wanted to share some information with anyone looking for a great sawmill operator in Northern Illinois.

I was fortunate enough to come across a Silver Maple tree that a tree service had cut up in a guys yard but refused to haul away any of the wood. It was all Firewood sized pieces except for the trunk which was cut into quarters and were still massive. After 4 truck loads of firewood back to my house, I realized the grain patterns on a few of the pieces from the trunk had quite a bit of quilting that I could see just from the chainsaw cuts. I decided to test my back some more and got two of the more manageable pieces into the truck and home in hopes of getting them milled for some small table tops. One of the pieces was 30” x 22” x 18” thick the second was a little smaller. After looking and contacting a few operators in the area and being told they couldn’t cut anything that short I contacted Will from Sweetheart Sawmill out of Cary, IL. Told him what I had and asked if he thought he could cut them into 8/4 slabs for me. He said that they hadn’t done anything like that yet, but had a few ideas on how to make it work and to bring them by where they were currently set up for cutting. I showed up with some 2×6’s and we moved the chunks to the TimberKing Sawmill and once he had everything secure he and his wife milled 11 great looking slabs for me. Cost me $75 and little bit of gas and they were more than willing to help me out.

If anyone is interested they are on Facebook and their page is Sweetheart Sawmill.

They can travel to your location to mill if you would like or if you have the ability to bring logs to them they can do it on location. They have lumber on hand also, most is green as they don’t have a kiln.

-- Jared, Northern IL


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#1 posted 04-06-2015 11:44 PM

How did that silver maple come out? I have three that are sitting on a 45 degree angle that need to be cut. Always wondered what the wood would look like.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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Whitewalls

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#2 posted 04-07-2015 12:12 AM

It looks great, lots of quilting in a few of the pieces. I had one slab that I really wanted to use that had a ton of bark inclusion but just after drying out in the garage for the last 2 months it wouldn’t hold together. If I can figure out photo bucket again I will post some pictures.

-- Jared, Northern IL

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#3 posted 04-07-2015 12:19 AM

-- Jared, Northern IL

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