Hands On Sawmill LLC is a privately owned and operated business.  Our main business is custom mesquite furniture in a style that I like to call “Refined Rustic”.  Most of the furniture is custom orders.   However, there is usually a good selection of cutting boards, crosses, bootjacks, candle holders, etc...ready to go.  And, of course, we will custom saw your logs and sell lumber.


 We have an old circular mill that is more like a museum piece.  It has a 52" blade and is currently inoperational.  


Our workhorse is a Woodmizer LT50 band mill.  This is a 2012 upgrade from the LT15 that we had and used for 13 years. 


In the summer of 2016 I purchased  a Lucas Dedicated Wide Slab Mill that will cut up to 5' wide slabs.    


What started out as a simple hobby has gotten way out of control


      When you come to our place, be prepared to hear some “Woodlot Theology”.   You see, I really love our wood and sometimes the dust gets to my head.   So you might hear me comparing the cracks in the wood to the “defects” in human character, or comparing the worm holes to sin in our lives.   My theory is that trying to hide either one never works so why try?  People and wood are both more interesting when you can see the real thing.    If you want clear, perfect boards, pick something other than mesquite.    If you want perfect people, wait till you get to heaven. 






Everybody thinks that just because mesquite lumber is expensive and makes beautiful furniture that their tree is worth a fortune. It is expensive because of the extra labor involved in harvesting it and because of the super heavy duty equipment needed to process it.  


We will, however, come get your trees if they are large and close to Kingsville, saving you lots of work and the expense of disposal.  


It is just firewood until it gets in the hands of an artist with an excessive addiction to buying superduty machines.  






2nd Annual

Hands On Woodturning Retreat at Hands On Sawmill LLC

March 5-8, 2020


The 2019 Retreat was such a huge success that we have decided on this being an Annual Event.


Hands On Sawmill LLC (formerly Nave's Sawmill)  & Coastal Bend Woodturners Club are sponsoring a Hands On Woodturning Retreat.  It is like Woodturners Spring Break Camp.  There will be one instructor per 4 lathes.  Class rotations every 2 hours with time in the evenings to finish any projects started in class.  All instructors are volunteers who love turning enough to share their talent and skill with others.  Retreat is only $150 ($100 if you bring a midi lathe to share with the group).  Vendors are welcome at no charge for setting up a booth. 


Wether you are completely new to woodturning, an intermediate skill level or a professional, this is a great opportunity to gather with others passionate about woodturning in a casual atmosphere, learn and share and develop relationships.



Retreat Registration Form








What I am NOT willing to do with Live Oak:

1).  No, I do not recommend sawing Live Oak unless you are making thick slab furniture.


2).  I will NOT saw live oak that has been down or dead longer than 1 year. (I just gets too hard as it dries out.)


3). The giant trunks are not worth the time, expense or wear and tear on my equipment. Please, don't ask me to saw them.


What I am willing to do with Live Oak:

1).  I will saw logs up to 25" diameter but I will charge $200 /hour plus blades.  

2). I recommend sawing 3" thick or more.

3). The wood is so hard that you might still have wavy cuts.


Projects that you can do with Live Oak:

Fireplace Mantles,

Thick slab furniture

Flat bed trailer decking

Porch Posts




Last customer of the day

brings the beer.

It's a rule!

(Not sure if you're the last? ...better safe than sorry.) 


We usually have a fire going, tell stories, shovel sawdust and maybe even saw a few logs! Just don't drool on our wood or our machines!  Ok?   Come see some of the most beautiful Mesquite anywhere in South Texas. 


And, please, if you are coming during business hours, remember that 8-5 is for working.  Please respect our need to make a living and don't come by just to visit for long periods of time during business hours.  Come after 5 with cold beer if you want advice or to visit.  


I’m on a low carb diet, so, It’s Michelob Ultra for me.  FYI.