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Moose

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09-06-2007 10:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mill supplier ontario local

A recent edition of FineWoodworking (I think) was talking about mini-mills and their popularity. I’ve never stumbled across any in southern Ontario. I’m sure there must be a few enterprising mini-mill owners out there that a) wouldn’t mind a plug on these forums and b) a few extra customers if we can find them.

If you know of any good little mills or have a buddy that has one and is looking for some extra business, please post here.

-- Scott, Pickering/Ajax, ON


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#1 posted 09-06-2007 10:24 PM

I would also be interested in what kind of things can be done with a mini-mill, what the they excell at, etc.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-06-2007 10:33 PM

I was at a woodworking/tool show last year and they had a few of the models on demonstration. They are pretty amazing, but I can’t imagine somebody having one and not trying to recoup some of the investment by selling milled planks. I’m anxious to know if there are any around.

-- Scott, Pickering/Ajax, ON

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WayneC

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#3 posted 09-06-2007 10:38 PM

Ah I was thinking mini mill like a metal working mill. Check with Ron, BlueStingRayBoots, or Tony. They all have portable saw mills.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 09-07-2007 04:11 AM

Check the supplier. They might keep names and will provide them. I know Woodmiser gives out names of people who purchase their mills.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 09-07-2007 06:31 AM

I use a small operation in the bush north of where I live. They supply most of the crating lumber for my trucking employer’s operation shipping goods to the arctic – mostly poplar and pine. Two weeks ago I went up with a 48 foot flatdeck and filled it with poplar. My sawyer friend told me he had a present for me and proceeded to the barn where he had a dozen boards of spalted maple drying inside. He gave me the whole lot free. He had some black cherry as well. I couldn’t tell the difference from other cherry that I’m used to so he told me to smell the wood. The black cherry had a sweet smell which he told me is a key identifier to the wood. If you email me privately with your requirements I can ask him if he can fulfill them.

As far as mini mills for sale, there’s a glut of them around here – starry eyed individuals trying to get rich quick. Milling lumber for resale is a tough go. In fact, my friend is going to a circular saw mill after two bandsaw mills so he can double his speed. Bandsaw mills have limitations although they cut a thinner kerf. If they’re not tuned or have enough adjustment capabilities(he got rid of his first bandsaw mill for that reason) or kept at a proper feed rate, the lumber turns out very poorly dimensioned.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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