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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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I had the best day Yesterday! I finally found a sawmill about 20 miles from my house. I went to a few others before and it just wasn't a real pleasant experience. Frosty Hollow Hardwoods, I thought I was dreaming. Just under $3 a bf for beautiful red oak. I talked to the owner, family run and owned, for a bit nice guy, he showed me around and let me rummage through the pile of lumber. I got home and my girlfriend thought I was drunk at 10am. Nope just high on oak! I don't remember the last time I've been this excited. Sorry I had to post cause no one around here really cares they look at you like your crazy for talking about wood.
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Great find.....

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gratulations to your find - and I really can understand how you feel.
I'd probably be the same in your situation - still on the search myself, though

Let us see the results of that oaken boards - *pictures*, please !!!

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Totally kewl Dusten. Those are the finds worthwhile.

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If you live in or near a large metroplex you are out of luck finding a sawmill within hundreds of miles. It's not even easy to find a hardwood supply that will sell to the public. They are mostly commercial. Where in the "United States" did you find this woodworking Disney Land? You are one of the lucky ones.

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If you live in or near a large metroplex you are out of luck finding a sawmill within hundreds of miles.
Maybe in Texas. But you've gotta look. I found out there are at least seven sawmills within about 9-10 miles of where I live. I know one will sell to the public, if it's still in business, not been past it in years, but not sure about the rest. And, there's more within about 20 miles of where I live. The ones around here tend not to be in the phone book, or at least not under sawmills. If I just had the space, I'd either buy, or make, a small sawmill, and at least do wood for me, there's plenty of free trees available - gum, poplar, pine, walnut, hickory, oak, I think maple, and I don't know what all else, free for the hauling, and usually already down. Man could make a decent wage cutting free wood and selling boards. If I were in Texas I'd be cutting mesquite.

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[QUOTE]Have you ever thought about get some logs for free and I take them to the Amish and they saw it 20 cents a foot this is all about 35 mile away but the wood is free and they will load it for me with a tractor . I built my own drying shed that I have been drying in for 15 years but last year I stacked some out side and it was hot and dry last summer from March to Sepember it was down to 10% and the wood was much more straight and flat . .This drying shed is solar front and 110 power for the fans . But when I put wet wood in there I have to keep fans going 24/7 for about a month to keep iy from molding and that dries it to fast and warpage . My wife don't like a lot of wood piles it looks unsitely . But we came to an agreement and last early spring was my first outside . I just went to look today at 4 more logs for free . The problem is I am soon to be 72 and my back is getting bad . I don't know how much longer I can do this . It is a lot of material handling sawing, loading , stacking srtippping , and waiting and moving again but I think I got enough to last me the rest of my life . Over the years I have had some oak,walnut,hard maple, soft maple , maulberry ,sasafras , cherry, and Pine . Lately I have just been getting Oak mainly. Does this sound like a woodworkers heaven ? I just hate to turn down free wood .It takes a heavy duty trailer to haul 4 or 5 saw logs . I make things to sell I started makeing things to hang on the wall but that has been 40 years ago . I make replicas of antique furniture for probably 25 years . I have been retired for over 17 years . I think I have some pictures in my I think they call it profile of my small furniture . I hope you like my way of doing things . I can send pictures of my shop and my drying shed .
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Amazing craftsmanship Gene! I hope to be that good someday. As far as your lumber I wish I had the space for my own kiln. I'd love to be able to work with wood I cut myself. Gotta say I'm jealous. I went to several sawmills before and they wouldn't even talk to me. Which I don't understand. You figure how much you spend on lumber, us individuals spend a considerable amount, maybe not all at once but over time your talking about thousands of dollars. I spent a little over $100 and I wasn't planning on buying anything, now I already want to go back and get some Black Walnut which will probably be another $100 or so. I'll post some pictures tomorrow Martin.

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The problem is I am soon to be 72 and my back is getting bad . I don't know how much longer I can do this . It is a lot of material handling sawing, loading , stacking srtippping , and waiting and moving again but I think I got enough to last me the rest of my life
Get a trailer with a hoist of some type on it, maybe one at each end - electric should good. Then for the rest of it, hire someone from the local football team to do the hard work. I just wish I had the space to set up a small mill, and drying area. If I did I wouldn't be lifting much of anything, except a coffee cup, it'd all be electric or hydraulics - than or teenage manual labor. I'm 72, and I've had a bad back for years.

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Very impressive Gene. Your work is beautiful.
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