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

Straight Sections

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,

Cresote Posts,

Rotten Wood,

Nails or wire embedded logs,

Root Balls,

Logs you have drug throught the sand

 

*****WARNING*****

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.

 

*****REMEMBER*****

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.

 

*****FYI*****

The last customer of the day is supposed to bring the ice cold beer.