IDIOT'S GUIDE TO SELECTING LOGS
For those of you who are newbies to the sawmill business, here is a little guide that will help you get good, usable lumber for your projects without wasting a lot of your time and money.
Bring in logs that are:
14" to 60" diameter
5' to 20' long
Unwounded & unblemished
Burls and other Unique pieces
Don't bring in logs that:
Are Under 12" diameter.
Are Under 3' long.
Have fungus growing at the base. (indicates rot)
Have EVER had a tree house in it. (There will be nails in it!)
Were anywhere near a fence line. (It will have wire or stables in it.)
Have ANY signs of nails, wire or hammock hooks.
(If it has one nail, it has 5...
I don't care what your grandma says.)
If you removed nails prior to bringing in a log, please tell me before I hit the ones you didn't find with the blade.
Please don't ask us to saw...
Live Oak or Ebony that has been dead more than a year,
Nails or wire embedded logs,
Logs you have drug throught the sand
If you bring in chunks of wood that are just barely
bigger than firewood, you will be teased about bringing in TOOTHPICKS and expecting giant planks.
Blades cost $25. Some logs dull the blades faster than others - due to hardness and size of the log. I can saw cedar all day on the same blade. I'm lucky to get one hour of sawing out of a blade cutting large mesquite logs. Therefore, cost of blades is not included in the sawing rate. You can generally expect to pay for one blade/hour plus however many are ruined to hitting nails or other objects in the logs.
The last customer of the day is supposed to bring the ice cold beer.